Win My Cheese Book

Frank's Wine Book Party in Wilmington

Maybe you remember: earlier this month I announced a wee giveaway that ends July 31, 2013 — well, actually, it’s a big giveaway. I have 48 copies of my cheese book, The Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese, to mail to lucky lovers in each of the contiguous 48 states.

I’ve heard from Pennsylvania (hi, baby!). I’ve heard from California (hola, honey!) But where is Texas? Where is New York? Where is Wisconsin, for goodness sake?

I know, I know…this giveaway takes a bit of thought, and it’s hot and you don’t want to plod to the cheese shop. But plod to the cheese shop! It’s hot, and the cheese shop will be air-conditioned! You might find an extraordinary hunk and fall in love — a hunk in the case, or maybe one waiting in line?

After all, cheese people are extraordinarily nice and often cuter than the rest of the population. I speak from experience — I was just at the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival, and next week I am headed to Wisconsin for the American Cheese Society Conference. Let me tell you, cheese people are friendlier and sexier than people at writers’ conferences (I used to go to those).

Here’s a little review of my cheese book giveaway. Please consider submitting an entry!

United States of Cheese Plates.DB


To enter your state cheese plate in my book giveaway:

  1. Create and photograph a cheese plate/board that you think represents your state.
  2. Please use products made in your state – you can usually find local cheeses at your farmers’ market or local cheese counter.
  3. Your cheese plate can be as wild or as simple as you like. It can include local beers/wines or a homemade jam. Or, you might use locally prepared items…pretzels, popcorn, boiled peanuts from your fave roadside stand. Sky’s the limit: you can create a recipe, or simply assemble your best snack plate.
  4. Email a photo* of your cheese plate, plus a description of the items on it (a paragraph or so will do), to me, Madame Fromage, on or by July 31, 2013 at this address:
  5. Make sure to include your name and mailing address!


Photographs will be showcased this fall.


Tips to get started: Visit a local farmers’ market for ideas. Ask about local cheeses at the cheese counter where you shop. To develop a pairing, visit a roadside produce stand, look to your garden, investigate local honey, consider indigenous ingredients (fruit, nuts, herbs, grains) or iconic prepared foods (Alligator jerky? Sorghum syrup?). Imagine: If a gaggle of cheese freaks were to visit your state, what would you serve them?


Tips for photography: Try to shoot a photo of your cheese board in natural light. You can use your camera phone, no biggie. If you want to be in your photo or have your friends’n fam in the photo, awesome!


Many thanks to everyone at Frank’s Wine in Delaware for posing in the lead shot. Look at those faces!

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11 Responses to “Win My Cheese Book”
  1. Rocco Rainone says:

    Dear Madame, I would love to enter, representing my tiny state of RI, but alas I am currently “touring in Turin” and fresh from “trippin’ through Trieste” and just about to catch a train so I might “Peruse Perugia”! Won’t be home until September.

  2. Heather says:

    Booo, I’m in Canada! Do provinces count? Your book looks cheese-tastic!

  3. Barbara says:

    Dear Madame Fromage,

    Would you take an extension of your contest into consideration? For all of us that are following your interesting blog and live outside of the US?

    Kind regards from Holland,

    • tdarlington says:

      Oh, kind Barbara, I wish I could blow the doors off the rulebook and open the giveaway to the world…but alas, alas, alas. I will just have to pop over to Holland or you’ll have to come here, and we can nosh our hearts out?

  4. Congratulations on your new book and I cannot wait to get these mousy paws on a copy. Unfortunately, this little mouse has been a bit too sick to enjoy the joys of fromage these past few months, so photos of awesome Michigan cheeses will have to come from elsewhere. Hope you were able to get some pics of Zingerman’s The Little Ypsi or some of the unique and funky cheeses from Evergreen Lane Farm & Creamery (The “Herd it Through the Grapevine” looks amazing). Stay Cheesy! THM

  5. Susan says:

    Did you pick the winners yet?

    • tdarlington says:

      Winners have been selected! No worries — I haven’t forgotten. I’m just doing a little coordinating behind the scenes on how to do the great reveal. Cheers!

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