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Hooked on Cheese: L’Etivaz: Cheese of the Alps

There is something very special about the taste profile of Swiss mountain cheeses. I love the signature hints of toasted grains, roasted almonds, brown butter and subtle savory herbs that are present in the best cheeses of the region. Of the scores of mountain cheeses I’ve tasted in my time, L’Etivaz is one of my… Read more »


2014 San Francisco Fancy Food Show Finds

The 2014 San Francisco Fancy Food Show has come and gone, and thousands of exciting and delicious new food products were on display. While the cheese department was brimming with great finds, these five were true standouts:


Hooked on Cheese: An Interview with Artisanal’s Max McCalman

The following is Hook’s interview with Max McCalman, Maître Fromager and Dean of Curriculum for Artisanal Premium Cheese Center in New York City. He is the bestselling author of Mastering Cheese; Cheese, a Connoisseur’s Guide to the World’s Best; and The Cheese Plate. In addition, McCalman received international acclaim by launching the celebrated cheese program… Read more »


Cheese of the Week: Marcel Petite Three-Year Comté

One of my favorite parts of my “day job” is getting to wander the streets of New York City and visit its many varied cheese shops. The city is home to all kinds of cheese shops: some extravagant and grand, some well curated and reliable, and some small and humble. No matter what sort of… Read more »


Cheese of the Week’s Interview Series: David Grotenstein

This is the first installment in a multi-part series in which Raymond Hook will interview influential people in the cheese world in order to provide a broader perspective on great cheeses in America and beyond.   The following is Hook’s interview with David Grotenstein, a NYC-based specialty food retailer consultant. A native New Yorker, Grotenstein is… Read more »