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“From Jackson, we learn about showboat superstars such as Pleasant Ridge Reserve (“Name it as your favorite domestic cheese in France and you’ll be taught the handshake that will allow you into the most exclusive underground fromage salons in Paris”) from Dodgeville, Wis., and cheeses hailing from unexpected states such as Texas and New Jersey. The information is delivered with wit, economy and precision, and the author never falls back on lazy generalizations. Instead, these chapters are backed by reportage and a deep library of tastes and insights that make for a sharp snapshot of the current domestic cheese scene in all its diverse and anarchic glory.”

– From the “It’s Not You, It’s Brie: Unwrapping American Cheese Culture,” Washington Post Book Review, November 27th, 2012

“Kirstin Jackson has delivered it with her ticklish new tome, It’s Not You, It’s Brie: Unwrapping America’s Unique Culture of Cheese. It’s Not You, It’s Brie, eponymously named after Jackson’s blog, is a whimsical, pop-culture joyride through America’s dairylands exploring a bevy of cheeses that–like a season cliffhanger to your favorite show–will leave you hungering for more.”

– From the Epicurous Review, November 3rd, 2013

“Kirstin Jackson’s It’s Not You, It’s Brie shines a light on the phenomenal American artisan cheese movement. She focusses on the cheese makers who have led it with their world-class masterpieces. The thoughtful, colorful descriptions of the artists and their amazing cheeses make this book a great pleasure to read. The accompanying recipes promise many more pleasures to eat.”

– Max McCalman, author of Mastering Cheese