Behind the Scenes at 9th Street

Last week’s highlight: a tour of Di Bruno Bros. on 9th Street with my friend Mike Geno. Here he is looking in the window of this Italian Market shop. His quest? To find new cheeses to paint. My quest: to climb out on the roof for some high-noon sun. We did just that with cheesemonger […]

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 […]

Cheese and Cassoulet

Some people throw legendary dinner parties. Don’t you always want to be that person? Revered for the time you served 200 partridges atop foie gras-stuffed mini pumpkins? Or for the night you whipped up poutine at 2 a.m. for the whole neighborhood? Neither do I. I don’t have the nerves or stamina to prepare such […]

In Bed with Harold McGee

I don’t care if every woman in the world is consumed with British e-erotica, for me there’s only one book on the nightstand right now. It’s Harold McGee’s On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of The Kitchen. Granted, it’s not new — it came out in 1984 and was recently updated — but […]

Leonora for Spring

It’s the year of the goat. Everywhere I turn: goat dinners, goat tacos, goat talk. This means I should let you in on a little secret about Leonora. It’s the most luscious Spanish goat cheese on the planet. The texture is gooey-soft, and it comes in a slightly flattened brick that looks like a melting […]