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Susan Axelrod

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Editor Susan Sherrill Axelrod’s love affair with cheese began at age 12, when she bicycled to a gourmet shop to taste an exotic newcomer—French brie. She lives outside of Portland, Maine, where she enjoys a well-made cocktail and spending as much time as possible on the water.

Chef’s Dish: Marcus Samuelsson’s Ayib + Sweet Potato Ravioli


In “The Rise,” Marcus Samuelsson explores the trajectory of Black cooking in America.

No Place Like Home for Maine Cheesemaker


Photography by Kate Ray It’s a classic Maine story: Girl can’t wait to escape rural life for excitement and opportunity beyond the state’s borders, but eventually, something pulls her back. Thinking she was done with the quiet routine of her family’s dairy farm, Amy Rowbottom left the small town of Norridgewock for college in Boston. […]

Shaken Stirred and Curd: New-fashioned cocktail pairings for the holidays and beyond


Five festive cocktail recipes that you can pair with cheese all holiday season long—and beyond.

In the Kitchen: Best Cheeses For Cooking 2020


We’ve selected winning cheeses from past years to cover categories that we hope bring comfort, relatability, and joy during this unprecedented time.

Centerfold: Sofia


Capriole’s ash-marbled loaf is a thing of beauty.

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