Though my cheese drawer is chock full of cheeses from the Wine Spectator list, I recently made room for several off-list varieties for a Heavy Table story I was writing about Rochdale Farms cheeses. Made in Wisconsin from the milk of more than 325 Amish farms in Wisconsin and Minnesota, these cheeses have starting appearing in co-op dairy cases in the Twin Cities and elsewhere in the Upper Midwest. All are good, some are fantastic, so seek them out if you live here or will be visiting these parts!

My friends and Heavy Table colleagues Jim Norton and Becca Dilley have a new book all about my favorite subject – cheese! More accurately, it’s about Wisconsin’s master cheesemakers (like the Obi-Wans of cheese) and it is awesome. You can read my interview with Jim and Becca on Heavy Table today, and be sure to buy their book, too!

In case my totally biased opinion doesn’t sway you, perhaps other opinions will. Our dear friend Madame Fromage gave the book a rave review in the Madison newspaper The Isthmus, and today Jim and Becca are profiled in the Wisconsin State Journal. Check out their blog for more reviews and information on their book tour.