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Ruminations: Taste Transformation


How exploring the unfamiliar can lead to unexpected discoveries in cheese, and in life.

Ruminations: Precious Objects


Why storing cheese is a lot like storing a painting

Hold the Nuts: It’s Time We Addressed Vegan Cheese


“You just can’t replace it.”

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 […]

Gender Bias Blues


Gender discrimination in the cheese shop shows itself in myriad ways. Most of the time it looks like a series of micro aggressions, so deeply melded into daily routine you can almost convince yourself they never happened. But it can also be intentional: a pointed, weaponized action. Discrimination by no means ends with gender: Racism, […]

Ruminations: Getting My Goats


Culture contributor Lauren Gitlin reflects on her relationships with cheesemaking legends Mary Holbrook and Laini Fondiller.

Illustration of a hand holding a paint roller applying a rainbow of cheese-inspired colors

Paint Inspiration: 50 Shades of Cheese


Choosing the perfect shade paint inspires a trip to the cheese counter for mouth-watering color inspiration

Pregnancy Manchego

What to Expect When You’re Expecting Manchego


Pregnancy requires moderation in many things…caffeine, alcohol, plane rides. Thankfully, buttery, creamy Manchego is there to soothe the cravings.

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