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Linni Kral is a writer, editor, activist, and friend living in Brooklyn, with past lives in Boston, L.A., and Chicago. Her writing has been featured in the Atlantic & Atlas Obscura, among others. She’s happiest in the company of cows, books, and groceries.

Friends in Ferment


If you want to get along with someone, you need something in common. Fortunately, nibs and curds share not only an abundance of flavor, but the very source of that flavor: fermentation. Both chocolate and cheese are the result of what many affectionately call “controlled rot,” and you can’t make either without bacteria and time. […]

Our Favorite Bars


Chocolate + cheese is a pairing made in heaven, and these bars are some of our go-tos when we’re looking for a sweet accompaniment to match with our favorite fromage.  Pump Street Oat Milk 60% Bar Cinnamon, fudge, porridge, sweet cream Origins: UK; Ecuador Pair with: Piquant cheeses (like older Pecorino, Manchego DOP, or Mahón […]

Make Your Own Bark


Step aside, membrillo. Chocolate is technically a fruit paste in its own way, and there’s no reason you can’t serve a slab of it on your cheese plate. Adapted from Yotam Ottolenghi’s Mint and Pistachio Chocolate Fridge Cake, this recipe was designed to work with whatever you have on hand. Try including your favorite cheese […]

Hot Cocoa, Two Ways


Though prepared differently all over the world, most cultures seem to understand the appeal of a steaming cup of cocoa. France adds vanilla, Austria adds egg yolk, some throw coffee in there, others top with whipped cream. For these two recipes, we looked to regions where cacao has been grown for centuries to see how […]

Best Regions: New York


If you want to make a name for yourself, you head to New York, and the cheese industry is no exception to this rule. With the nation’s fourth largest cheese output, New York is home to 4,650 dairy farms, some of the nation’s (dare we say, the world’s?) most reputable cheese shops, and the man […]

Rising Star: Avery Jones


Photographed by Jennifer Olson When Avery Jones’s phone rang at midnight on August 2, 2019, she was in bed at the University of Edinburgh. It was lights out, but Avery wasn’t sleeping. She’d flown to Scotland just a few days prior with her high school theater group, who’d been selected to perform in the largest […]

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