Cheese Book News

These days, my life looks a lot like this: I am sniffing cheese, taking notes, and transcribing them at all hours of the night. I am writing a book. At last, I can share the news (and apologize for long lapses between posts). The contract is finally signed.

A year from now, hopefully you will hold a copy of theĀ Di Bruno Bros. Cheese Guide in your hot little hands. Oh, the title may change, but the concept will be the same: a DIY guide to sharing and pairing fromage. After reading dozens of cheese books since I started this blog in 2009, I came to one conclusion: someone needs to sit down and write Philadelphia’s first fun, approachable cheese guide. I decided to take on the job myself.

So last summer, I wrote a proposal and shopped it around. Running Press sniffed and bit. I was impressed by their catalogue, which includes Georges Perrier’s cookbook and The Great Big Cheese Cookbook. They’re also the publisher for mon amie, Marisa McCllellan, whose book Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round, should be out in a blink.

The fun part about this project is working with the cheesemongers of Di Bruno Bros. When I’m not teaching or writing, I’m in the Italian Market or on Chestnut Street, tasting and talking to some of the best guys in the business. Together, we’re putting together all of our tasting notes, recipes, pairing ideas, and serving tips.

In the coming weeks, I’ll be taking you behind the scenes as I test recipes, research 170 cheeses, and write 65,000 words, all before July 1. It will be a white-knuckled affair. I hope you’ll brace yourself. I have on my speed racing helmet for sure.

If I am slow to answer email, if my posts are brief…please forgive me. I will be using all of my reserves and every last nerve to make this book happen on time. I will be stretching myself very thin, as thin as mozzarella curd, but of course I will be loving every minute of it, too. I’m honored to work with the folks at Di Bruno Bros., my home away from home, and I’m excited to share more cheese ideas with you — not just online but in print. Air kiss, air kiss.

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7 Responses to “Cheese Book News”
  1. Beth Burke says:

    This is so exciting!!!! Good Luck, cannot wait to get my hands on it !

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  4. Amanda says:

    This is great news! Best wishes for smooth writing and delicious eating!

  5. Lakisha says:

    This rocks Tenaya! Do you need a cheesy assistant??? Ooo Oooo Ooo (doing my impression of Horshack from Welcome Back Kotter).

  6. Kate says:

    Awesome! Can’t wait to see the final product…I’m sure it will be an easy, delicious read. Too bad I just moved away from any semblance of society (or delicious cheese). Maybe I will have to get The Boy to bring me samples when he visits from civilization.

  7. This is AWESOME, Tenaya. Can’t wait to read it, and hear about your writing process on this blog too! Congratulations!

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