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Centerfold: Blu di Bufala


Photographed by Nina Gallant | Styled by Kendra Smith Water buffalo are not an uncommon sight in Southern Italy, where cheesemakers turn their rich milk into mozzarella, ricotta, and other fresh cheeses. In the northern part of the country, however, they are a rarity, and it is rarer, still, to use their milk for aged […]

Centerfold: Rockweed


Photographed by Mallory Scyphers No one was more stunned than Allison Lakin when her cheese, Rockweed, won Best of Class at the 2022 World Championship Cheese Contest (WCCC) in March. Lakin operates a one-woman creamery, Lakin’s Gorges Cheese, on the saltwater farm she owns with her husband in Waldoboro, Maine. She introduced Rockweed in 2019, […]

Centerfold: Fleur de la Prairie


Photographed by Adam DeTour  |  Styled by Kendra Smith Making good cheese starts with good milk, which in turn starts with good feed and ultimately, good dirt. The dirt in central Illinois, which was once wet prairie, is some of the richest and most fertile in the world. Leslie Cooperband and Wes Farrell of Prairie […]

Centerfold: Carpenter’s Wheel


Photographed by Nina Gallant | Styled by Kendra Smith “Where we are here in northern Appalachia there is a deep farming history, and beautiful barns, including the one on our farm, where FireFly started, with a barn quilt on the side that is Carpenter’s Wheel. We sent some pictures to the team at Crown Finish […]

The Year in Centerfolds: 2021


For each issue of culture, we choose a noteworthy and especially good-looking cheese, and then style and photograph it to capture its distinctive beauty. As we wrap up the year, were inspired to look back on the centerfolds of 2021, with gratitude once again for the creativity and skill of the cheesemakers, photographers, and stylists […]

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Centerfold: Eligo


Eligo is s a first for Jasper Hill Farm—a washed-rind brick made with local cow’s and goat’s milk, an ideal entry level washed-rind and an excellent melter.

Centerfold: The Rattlesnake


This cheddar is spiked with tequila and habanero peppers, which Deer Creek Founder and President Chris Gentine had a direct hand in creating.

Centerfold: Ubriaco Pinot Rosé


“I like to use what I have around me, to take tradition and give it a new twist.”— Sergio Moro Photographed by Adam DeTour; Styled by Kendra Smith With its pale pink rind and crown of dried rose petals, a 15-pound wheel of Ubriaco Pinot Rosé is a thing of beauty. And this stunner from […]

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