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Cheese and the Power of Myth


Why we invent stories about our food

Ask the Expert: Are Soft Cheeses Fatty?


One of the most pervasive myths in the cheese-eating community is that all soft and runny cheeses are very fatty.

Ask the Monger: What’s That Creamy White Stuff In Burrata?


What makes the soft and buttery magic of a good burrata come to life?

Cheese Plate Renaissance


Though American palates may sometimes struggle with French dishes, the cheese course—a longstanding French custom—is one tradition that translates beautifully. “All over France, it’s uncommon to see a menu without a cheese course,” says Emma Young, wholesale manager at French affineur and exporter Mons Cheesemongers. French tradition prescribes that cheese plates are enjoyed either between […]

Beguiling Bog Butter


Bright, shiny objects in museums are sexy. You don’t need to read the placard posted on the display case of a golden chalice or necklace to know it’s important. Grimy, obscure objects, however, require some background to achieve significance in the eye of the beholder. In spite of this bias, a rugged mass of holy-cow-what-is-that? […]

Why Does Swiss Cheese Have Holes?


An expert explores the science behind this beloved hole-y cheese.

Cheese IQ: Going Native


Most cheesemakers today use commercial cultures. However, more makers are beginning to experiment with native cheese cultures.