A Cheese Board at Chateau St. Philippe

Readers, let me transport you to the French Alps, where I just spent 10 days as a co-host for Cheese Journeys. I meant to post along our route from the Savoie to Alsace, but the wifi was weak. And I got so caught up taking pictures of cow breeds I had never seen before and […]

Comté and A Cocktail: A Journey Unfolds

One of my favorite things to do before a long trip is to create a checklist of tastes, so I can remember what to nibble in the field. I know, it sounds obsessive — but without obsessive acts, life is a bit milquetoast, is it not? Next week, I have the great fortune of traveling […]

The Whole Fromage

Back in February, I caught wind of a fellow dairy fiend from Wisconsin who was writing a book — a sexy French cheese travelogue. Of course, I had to sniff it out, and soon Kathe Lison and I were swapping emails and galley copies of our books. Lison’s The Whole Fromage dropped in late June, […]

Sexy Wrinkled Cheese

When someone sends you a box of sexy, wrinkled cheese in the mail, it feels very special. It feels like visitors from another planet have asked you to become their pen pal, or — better yet — a host family for their children. Children who arrive in hover crafts. Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery packs […]

Cheese Books of 2012

On the last day of the year, I drink coffee before a temple of books. I have gathered them before me to honor their authors. Not all of them wrote cheese books, but all of them speak to cheese — through recipes, pairing ideas, and even philosophies of retail. Because I spent most of 2012 […]