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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.

Garrotxa cheese

Cheese IQ: All the Lingo You Need to Know


Cheese names (especially those in a foreign language) can be intimidating when you’re at the cheese counter. Here’s a handy pronunciation guide to help!

Cheese IQ: The Science Behind Melting Cheeses


We answer all your questions about melting cheese.

camembert and brie wedge side by side on cheese board

Cheese Showdown: Brie vs. Camembert


Cheese expert Carlos Souffront answers the age-old question.

The Chemistry of the Crunch


Culture contributor Pat Polowsky unravels the science and mystery of cheese crystals.

Witchy Wheys: Cast Spells and Predict the Future with Cheese


Forget tea leaves and eye of newt. Cheese is all you need to have a little magic.