Back in 2005, I stumbled into Di Bruno Bros. as a homesick Wisconsin transplant in search of sharp Cheddar. What I found behind the counter of Philadephia’s largest cheese house changed the way I viewed dairy forever. I met a hairy band of cheesemongers who were keen to talk about raw milk and lactic fermentation the way some people talk about baseball. Within a few weeks, I committed myself to tasting every cheese in the store and blogging about it.
Over five years, I scribbled notes, played with pairings, and nibbled my way through the entire stock — first as a customer, then as the store’s resident blogger. Our mutual affection turned into a book project, and I’m so proud of our collaboration: Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese: A Guide to Wedges, Recipes and Pairings (Running Press, May 2013).
- Powell’s Books
- Jessica’s Biscuit (signed copies)
- Barnes & Noble
- 170 cheese profiles, 30 recipes, and 10 themed cheese boards
- Pairing ideas for beer, wine, cocktails, and snacks
- The introduction, “How to Pick a Hunk,” tells you everything you need to know about buying cheese
- Cheesemonger Notes, by Hunter Fike, offer inside scoop into artisan producers
- Luscious full-color photos by Jason Varney; food styling by Carrie Purcell
Philadelphia City Paper (Meal Ticket blog)
MainLine Today (Main Course blog)
The Philadelphia Inquirer (with Craig LaBan)
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