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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; 4.7.2013 edition (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762446048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762446049
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Americans have finally taken cheese to heart. It used to be difficult to find much beyond industrially produced cheddar, and Roquefort was known only in salad dressing. Now Brie is available in almost every supermarket. American cheese makers have begun producing great goat cheeses to rival the majestic ones of Europe. Philadelphians have come to rely on Di Bruno Bros.’ knowledgeable cheesemongers for decades. Darlington, a regular customer, publishes a blog as Madame Fromage, wherein she shares all sorts of information about and evaluations of cheeses. This volume sums up Darlington’s encyclopedic knowledge and experience, and her perceptively apt descriptions profit anyone, sophisticate or novice. For each cheese she catalogs, she lists other foods whose flavors act in harmony with that cheese. She also puts forward specific wines and beers to complement the cheese. A couple dozen recipes, some unexpectedly innovative, show how cheese functions in cooking. A highly useful addition to any food reference collection. --Mark Knoblauch

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“Ever since I was a child I've always been obsessed with cheese. I remember going down to South Philadelphia to Di Bruno Bros. and picking out provolone with my grandfather. These days, there's a lot more than provolone out there, and it’s great to see that it's still Di Bruno Bros. forging ahead, helping people understand cheese.  Whether it's variety, history, technique, or flavor combinations. . . this book has it all.  I've relied on these guys for my whole life. . . and it just got easier for the rest of the world!"
--Chef and restaurateur Marc Vetri

“Full of authoritative and engaging advice on how to use cheese that should appeal to all levels of knowledge…. portraits so luscious, you can practically feel the creaminess of each blue wedge melt on your tongue. I can smell the piquant perspiration of that well-aged Testun al Barolo. More important, Darlington's prose brings it all to life.”
--Philly.com

“This book has it all—history, family, and a working encyclopedia of cheese.”
--County Lines Magazine

“A must-have for anyone aiming to craft the ideal cheese plate, find the perfect drink pairing or bring the atmosphere of the Italian Market DiBruno Bros. to his or her kitchen.”
--South Philly Review



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Picked up this book at our local library.
Winifred J Regan
This book gives some great starting hints and recommends that we should put more time into tasting carefully chosen examples.
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This book laid out the cheeses and food and wine pairings, making my life simpler.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ThirstyBrooks on July 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Most of us learned cheeses by experimenting with the visitors to our grocery store. I'd have to do some research on Google maps to find places to get artisan cheeses in my area. This book helps the seeker of novelty begin the search for good cheese. If you're hosting a wine and cheese party and you understand that your guests have already tasted "most kinds of cheese," this book explains how to show them that they don't know what they're missing.

The author begins with a good set of categories, and includes some standards in each category that relate to common experience: fresh unaged cheeses (Mozzarella, Riccotta), approachable subtle cheeses (Cheshire, Camembert, Manchego), sunshiny herby cheeses (Feta), rich decadent cheeses (Brie, Rocquefort), bold Alpine cheeses (Emmenthaler, Fontina, Gruyere), whiffy boozy cheeses (Limburger, Munster), rare revered cheeses (specialty Cheddars), old school hard cheeses (Parmesano, Pecorino Romano), sweet desserty cheeses (Gouda), and intense blue cheeses (most Blues, Gorgonzola and Stilton). These useful categories are hidden under hipster nicknames, so you have to work to make this book useful.

Each of these categories is filled out with names of regional European cheeses known to fit the group. Read carefully, because many cheeses vary in flavor through the seasons of the year. Cheeses made from raw milk show the most seasonality. The result is that the same cheese does not have the same flavor all the time, and we are warned that tasting the cheese is important to the pros as well as to the uninitiated.

Finally, we come to the most serious challenge. As with wines, Americans are getting around to making a high quality artisanal product. With wines, we learn to categorize the Americans by type of grape and by state.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom Ott on June 17, 2013
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Darlington is a wonderful writer. She is both playful and serious as a guide through the wonderful world of cheese. As a bonuscheesemonger Hunter Finke of Dibruno Brothers, a Philadelphia treasure for all things cheese, offers valuable insights and pairings. Most cheese books are set up like textbooks. I have a number and they're all helpful. Darlington's is helpful but it's also something else altogether. Take a look!
Tom Ott, Philadelphia
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lorene Pillin on June 12, 2013
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This is a must read for any cheese lovers, you'll discover so much about cheeses themselves but also about how best to prep and savor them, and take them to the next level with pairings (drinks, crackers and breads, condiments, nuts, preserves....). Absolutely love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Winifred J Regan on March 21, 2014
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Picked up this book at our local library. Found it to be highly readable for a book of this type. Read it cover to cover. Purchased two copies. One for myself and one for my daughter and her husband, who are cheese junkies. They love it as well. I recommend it, highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tajie Harris on March 3, 2014
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Beautifully done! Well written and informative. A feast for the eyes. You don't need Di Bruno Brothers in your neighborhood to enjoy this gem. Well done, Tenaya!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Non-Cineaste on January 1, 2014
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A non-stuffy guide to stellar representatives of many types of cheese. Engagingly, the cheese "families" are characterized by words and phrases descriptive of human types: e.g., "vixen" for soft, creamy cheeses; "rock star" for cheddar-y sorts; "pierced punk" for pungent blues. The text is by a professional writer, with plenty of input from the cheesemongers at DiBruno Bros. legendary South Philadelphia shop, especially Hunter Fike, whose comments appear as direct quotations set off in special boxes. Photos are gorgeous, suggestions for pairings with meats and fruits and wines (or beers or even scotch) and for assembling cheese boards or plates are succinct and helpful. Best not to read it when you're hungry. I gave it as a Christmas gift to a restaurateur, but I read it first! Only wish I'd had time to try some of the recipes, especially the one for crackers....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Archer on December 15, 2013
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I decided to have a cheese tasting, and realized I had a lot to learn! This book laid out the cheeses and food and wine pairings, making my life simpler. But the main reason to buy this book is for it's beautifully written, organized and presented. I would have enjoyed it, and will enjoy it after the party.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Flann on November 18, 2013
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This book is extraordinary. Fabulously written. The kind of publication that makes your mouth water, then grab your tablet and run to the nearest cheese counter. That's' what I am doing. Download it and learn to REALLY appreciate and enjoy cheese more than ever before.
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