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About Us

Culture is the ultimate publication for those who love cheese. Our bi-monthly magazine is devoted to delivering the most innovative, eye-opening stories about the world’s many cheeses and cheesemakers. Within each issue, you can travel to gorgeous cheese regions, meet passionate makers and mongers, discover one-of-a-kind recipes, and even learn how to make your own cheeses. Stunning photos, engaging narratives, and expert-guided editorial lineups make culture a resource for readers of any background.

Our Mission

Culture aims to nurture passion for great cheese through accurate, engaging storytelling that focuses on the people and places behind cheese.

Our Team


Co-owners Lassa and Stephanie Skinner founded culture along with cheese expert Kate Arding in 2008. Stephanie, our publisher, was intrigued when Lassa, then a cheesemonger and now our retailer liaison, mentioned that there were no magazines filling the artisan cheese niche.

Editor Madison Trapkin is an Atlanta-bred, Boston-based writer. She graduated from Boston University’s Gastronomy master’s Program in December 2018 and started at culture in March 2019. She is passionate about The Feminist Agenda, pizza, and regularly watering her houseplants.
Molly McDonough is the senior editor for culture. She worked as a cheesemaker on two continents before earning an Agriculture and Food Science degree in France. After a stint in Romania, working on rural development projects in the dairy industry, she joined the team in 2015.
Margaret Leahy brings a dual love of storytelling and nitpicking to her role as associate editor at culture, as well as four years behind a cheese counter. She likes a bitter cocktail, a bowl of authentic ramen, and a Roquefort with honey. When she’s not elbow-deep in cheese lit, Margaret is researching bizarre travel destinations, bargain hunting, or adventuring with her family. 
Mallory Scyphers is a southern transplant with a wide range of art direction and design experience from ad agencies to publications. She joins culture as creative director and is thrilled to sink her teeth into the cheese biz.

Madeline Upson

Madeline Upson brings her background in publishing and food service to her role as editorial assistant for culture. Her writing skills were honed for four years with a humanities degree that she will never use, but now she at least writes about cheese.

Working in print, digital and design, Shauna Epstein joins culture as production assistant. Shauna comes from a long list of food and lifestyle publications and is ready to devote all her time into what she loves most: cheese.

rebecca-carrington-headshot-240x240Natalie Herman


Brand manager Rebecca Carrington (left) and West Coast sales rep Natalie Herman (right) are always ready to help connect producers and retailers with a food-loving and cheese-centric audience.

Want to get in touch with someone at culture? Try our contact us page! Want to be part of the team? See current opportunities on our jobs page.