Cyber Cheese

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Milk’s leap toward immortality.

We do like our cheese. Not as much as they do over in Europe, but here in the U.S. we are eating more cheese than ever. We are also eating better cheese, turning away from highly processed products and toward natural and artisan-made varieties. We are showing a growing interest in style and variety, seeking out regional farmstead cheeses as well as cheese produced organically and from different milk blends.

Nowhere is this trend more evident than online, where age-old traditions meet new technology.

Learn

As the name suggests, Cheeseipedia is an encyclopedic index of cheeses searchable by country of origin. Apparently cheese is made pretty much everywhere on the planet where lactating mammals are found: Cheesipedia’s database includes yak milk cheese from Tibet and Mauritanian camel milk varieties.

Murray’s Cheese, New York City’s oldest (and probably best) cheese shop has a slew of resources on their website. There’s a cheese glossary, serving and storage tips, a virtual cheesemonger preference-matching service, and a library of instructional cheese videos.

I Love Cheese has a cheesemaker map that locates and profiles more than 250 cheesemakers that welcome visitors to their farms.

750 cheeses are always at your fingertips when you download Fromage to your iPhone.

Read

Top food site Serious Eats frequently posts under the heading Serious Cheese.

Read your way through this list of 10 Best Cheese Blogs from the editors of Blogs.com.

Get technical with the Curd Nerds.

Congregate

The American Cheese Society’s social network Cheesewire has a dozen special-interest groups to join. Meet farmers, restaurateurs, cheese educators, and just plain cheese lovers.

CheeseForum.org is a global online community for all things cheese.

Join thousands of cheese enthusiasts at  Cheese-a-Topia. Billed as the perfect world of cheese, Cheese-a-Topia is happening this summer in Seattle. Hotel packages are available.

Fun

Safer than the bulls in Pamplona, head to Gloucestershire and run with the cheeses. Beat the 8lb.wheel of Gloucester to the bottom of the hill at this centuries-old cheese-rolling competition and you’ll get to take the cheese home with you.

Learn what wines to pair with your cheese at Gourmet Sleuths.

Catch nationally-recognized cheese sculptor Sarah Kaufman at one of her cheese-carving demonstrations. Notable subjects include television personalities Al Roker and Jay Leno, and a 6 foot long alligator for the University of Florida rendered in cheddar.

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