Laura Werlin, Author

Laura Werlin is one of the country’s foremost authorities on cheese. She is the award-winning author of six books on the subject, is a sought-after speaker and spokesperson for consumer and trade organizations, and is a frequent television and radio guest. An expert in cheese and wine pairing and in particular American artisan cheese, Werlin received the prestigious James Beard award for her book The All American Cheese and Wine Book and a James Beard nomination for her book, Laura Werlin’s Cheese Essentials. Following on the heels of her comfort food book, Grilled Cheese, Please!, her second book on the world’s best sandwich, Werlin’s most recent book is Mac & Cheese, Please!. Her first book, The New American Cheese was the first book of its kind to shine the spotlight on American cheeses and cheesemakers and presaged the now thriving American cheesemaking landscape. Laura has been featured on numerous television and radio segments across the country and writes for national magazines including Food & Wine, Saveur, and Everyday with Rachael Ray. She is known for her approachable yet authoritative teaching style and is frequently asked to conduct cheese and wine pairing, cheese education, and cooking classes across the country. Laura is a recent inductee into the prestigious Guilde des Fromagers and serves as the president of the American Cheese Education Foundation, an arm of the American Cheese Society of which she has been a member for sixteen years. When she is not eating or teaching about cheese, she can be found jogging on the streets of San Francisco, where she lives, or hiking in the mountains, which she loves.


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