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Ruminations: In Defense of the Dessert Cheese Course


Making a case for Americans to emulate the French.

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

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