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
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.”
This book has it allhistory, family, and a working encyclopedia of cheese.”
--County Lines Magazine