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Madison Trapkin

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Editor-in-Chief Madison Trapkin is an Atlanta-bred, Boston-based writer. She graduated from Boston University’s Gastronomy master’s Program in December 2018 and started at culture in March 2019. She is passionate about The Feminist Agenda, pizza, and regularly watering her houseplants.

Australia is burning, and so are their dairies


Australia is still being consumed by the worst wildfires it’s seen in decades, and staggering numbers of dairy animals and dairy farms are among the casualties. The country’s fire season started in late July–bushfires are typical in northern Australia from April to September due to the region’s climate. This season the blaze was accelerated by […]

Ruminations: My Mom’s Weird Dairy


This is a story about one of those things I wish I’d appreciated about my parents as a kid, but instead felt totally mortified by. I was never a “cool kid.” I got glasses in fourth grade, which was the same year I started the growth spurt that put me well over five-and-a-half-feet tall before […]

Cheese Goals


Illustrations by Erin Wallace We’re not big on overly-ambitious New Year’s resolutions here at culture. We’ve put together some attainable goals for 2020 you’ll have no trouble achieving—all you need is cheese! DIY Cheese As a millennial, I should probably DIY more. I should be feeding my own sourdough starter, bottling my own kombucha, and […]

Best Savory Accompaniments 2019


Photographed by Nick Surette Whether you’ve got a sweet tooth or a salty craving, we’ve got you covered with our picks for this year’s hottest cheese pairing. TROIS PETITS COCHONS CHARCUTERIE New York, NY Trois Petits Cochons makes quality pâtés and charcuterie that loves cheese—try pairing their smooth and subtly sweet Mousse Royale au Sauternes […]

Cheese Lit for Winter 2019


Curl up with a blanket and some eggnog and enjoy these cheesy reads. Or, wrap them up for a turophile friend’s holiday gift! The Saltwater Table Reading chef Whitney Otawka’s debut cookbook, The Saltwater Table: Recipes from the Coastal South (Abrams, October 2019; $40), is like stepping into the sweltering steam of the book’s namesake […]

Best Gear 2019


Photographed by Nick Surette CHEESE VAULT Plastic wrap is out—cheese vaults are in. Silicone walls wick moisture away from cheese, and a polished exterior allows for easy labeling with a pen. $30, thegrommet.com CHEESE KNIVES Form can be on the same level as function, especially in the case of these serving utensils. The subtle finish […]

Get Cultured


It’s tangy, creamy, and keeps you coming back for more. It’s sweet cream butter’s older, sophisticated cousin who drinks their coffee black and just got back from studying abroad in France. That’s right: we’re talking about cultured butter. “‘Culturing’ and ‘fermentation’ both basically mean growing microbes [to] change [our] food chemically,” says microbiologist Jessica Lee. […]

Chef’s Dish: Supper Club Season


Chef-author Priya Krishna and Puli-Ra supper club founder Deepa Shridhar partnered this past summer for a celebratory supper club based on Krishna’s new cookbook, Indian-ish (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 2019). The Texan duo hosted their event at The Austin Winery in Austin, Texas, to give new meaning to the classic wine-and-cheese pairing. Their Indian-inspired dishes […]

New on the Market for Winter 2019


We’ve rounded up six hot products to look out for on your next shopping trip. Made with wildflower honey and red raspberries from Chile and Mexico, Raspberry Mead from Long Island-based Beacon Meadery has us dreaming of warmer weather. Pair the boozy, honey-forward pour with something sharp and salty, like aged gouda or Pecorino Romano. […]

Keep Calm and Eat Cheese


In 1991, founder Patricia Michelson (right) opened the first La Fromagerie location in London’s Highbury Park neighborhood with a dream of bringing carefully crafted cheeses to the city. Now more than two decades later, Michelson has realized her dream and then some. Part cheese-and-produce shop, part fine-dining restaurant, part wholesale operation, La Fromagerie has evolved […]