Daphne Zepos

Daphne Zepos ranks among the most outspoken and dynamic cheese advocates in the United States. More

Daphne Zepos ranks among the most outspoken and dynamic cheese advocates in the United States. She is a former board member for the American Cheese Society, and was Chairperson of the ACS Annual Cheese Competition from 1999 to 2002.
  • Assembling a Patriotic Cheese Platter

    Honor Independence Day and Bastille Day with ambassador cheeses from the U.S. and France.

  • Cheeses to Welcome Summer

    Summer calls for a mix of strong and mild cheeses that have one thing in common: they can hold up in the heat.

  • A New Use For Goat Cheese

    Goat cheese isn't just for spreading on crackers; this cheesemonger shows how to use it to make dessert.

  • The Art of America's Cheese-Makers

    A trip to the Seattle Cheese Festival makes the author realize how many wonderful cheeses are made in the U.S. Elbowing through the crowds at the 100-year-old Pike Place Market, she discovers countless gems.

  • Welcome Back, Roquefort

    Days after the U.S. dropped threatened tariffs on luxury food imports from Europe, the author celebrates a classic French cheese and ponders what life would have been without it. She also offers a theory for how American officials were convinced to cancel the taxes.

  • A Cheese of Romance and Transition

    Named after a band of French Resistance guerrillas, Fleur de Maquis epitomizes the end of winter. It is rubbed with rosemary, juniper berries, fennel seeds, and tiny red chili peppers. A fresh, mild, moist sheep's milk cheese made on the island of Corsica in the Mediterranean.

  • Deeply Inhaling a Prizewinning Cheddar

    From Wisconsin's Carr Valley, Snow White Goat Cheddar gives off the aroma of toffee and tastes even better. The wheel weighs around 38 pounds, and develops a mottled, gray, and white surface. And it won Best of Show at the Winter Artisan American Cheese Fair. The winning cheddar.

  • Who Are These People, "Cheesemongers"?

    As American cheese begins to edge in on the European-dominated cheese world of old, increasingly prominent U.S. cheesemongers face an existential crisis of sorts. The cheese revolution has many questioning who they are, what they do, and -- most importantly -- what they should be called.

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Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

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What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

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Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

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Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

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Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

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The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

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