Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese: A Guide to Wedges, Recipes, and Pairings

Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese: A Guide to Wedges, Recipes, and Pairings

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by Tenaya Darlington
     
 

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Peek behind Philadelphia’s largest and oldest cheese counter for a lively guide to pairing cheese with everything from beer and cocktails to olives and charcuterie. The store’s resident cheese blogger, Madame Fromage, brings to life 170 of the world’s greatest artisan cheeses, drawing on stories and knowledge from the store’s

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Peek behind Philadelphia’s largest and oldest cheese counter for a lively guide to pairing cheese with everything from beer and cocktails to olives and charcuterie. The store’s resident cheese blogger, Madame Fromage, brings to life 170 of the world’s greatest artisan cheeses, drawing on stories and knowledge from the store’s third-generation owners.

The book offers 30 recipes, from Cheddar Ale Soup to Rogue River Sushi, along with a dairy lexicon, notes on how to taste cheese, and a variety of themed boards: a Fireside Party, an All-Goat Blow-Out, and a selection of Desk Bento. Beautiful four-color photographs serve to put names with wheels and wedges of cheese.

Editorial Reviews

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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

Library Journal
Darlington (madamefromageblog.com) here draws on the offerings at long-established Philadelphia cheese monger Di Bruno Bros. and the expertise of its staff to highlight a range of cheeses according to such personalities as "mountain men," "vixens," "quiet types," and "pierced punks." While this conceit is sometimes strained, it proves to be a smart way to hook readers who may not immediately grasp other descriptors such as "grassy" or "goaty" or understand differences among types of rinds, milks, or degrees of firmness. The description of each cheese briefly captures its history and its flavor, complemented with suggestions for beverage pairings and accompaniments. The author takes care not to overwhelm readers with too much detail about the science behind cheese making. Darlington also provides guidance for building appealing cheese plates and includes a small selection of enticing recipes. The result is a delightfully approachable book that can be read cover to cover or by section according to which cheese personalities are most likely to appeal to the reader. VERDICT This terrific guide to cheeses is cleverly designed for a broad audience. Highly recommended for public library collections.—Peter Hepburn, Coll. of the Canyons Lib., Santa Clarita, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762446049
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
05/07/2013
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
604,638
Product dimensions:
7.38(w) x 10.14(h) x 1.02(d)

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From the Publisher
Chef and restaurateur Marc Vetri
“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!"

Meet the Author

Tenaya Darlington is a blogger, novelist, professor of writing, and journalist who runs the blog Madame Fromage. Over the last six years, she has become Philadelphia’s busiest cheese courtesan, hosting monthly tastings, penning magazine columns about local cheese, and freelancing for the largest cheese counter in Philadelphia, Di Bruno Bros. Their collaboration led to this book, a tasty guide to cheese. She lives in Philadelphia.

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