Cheese: mice nibble on it, pizza needs it, and the world wouldn’t be the same without it! This beloved food has become a staple of American diets. From mozzarella and cheddar to brie and ricotta, there’s a flavor for every taste bud and for every dish.
Pittsburghers are in for a treat when the American Cheese Society Conference makes its way to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center from July 25 through 28. Cheesemongers from all over the country will gather to talk about the latest and grate-est in cheeses. The conference is closed to the general public, but there is a Festival of Cheese on Saturday, July 28 that is open to all and costs $65 a person. According to the ACS website, the festival “features unlimited samples of 2,000+ artisan, farmstead, and specialty cheeses of every imaginable style and flavor profile…alongside gourmet foods and libations.” Sounds like it will be a gouda time!
Before the conference comes to town, try whetting your appetite with these cheesy reads from the library:
Melt: 100 Amazing Adventures in Grilled Cheese by Shane (Sanford) Kearnes
Move over, American cheese! This recipe book introduces new “funked up” ways to make classic grilled cheese using breads, cheeses, spreads and other extras.
200 Easy Homemade Cheese Recipes by Debra Amrein-Boyes
Now in its second edition, this bestselling book provides basic cheese-making steps and techniques to make a range of cheeses, butters and yogurts.
Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese: A Guide to Wedges, Recipes and Pairings by Tenaya Darlington
Learn all about the world of cheese from Philadelphia’s largest and oldest cheese counter. Includes recipes, history and a cheese encyclopedia.