“It’s Not You, it’s Brie” -A Cheese Book

by kirstin on March 14, 2011

It's Not You, it's Brie

The wedge that set it all in motion.

I normally like to start off my posts with a little build up to get the reader’s motor running. Most times the cheese shots at the top of the page do the trick- nothing grabs attention like a seductive, glistening wheel whispering “slice me.” This time, I’m starting my post with the first wedge of cheese I shot for this blog. I’m honoring its impact on what I’m about to share.

I launched “It’s Not You, it’s Brie” around two years ago. I’ve talked about a lot of cheese since then, dear readers, but what I haven’t talked about much is that I also have been working on a cheese book proposal. I started putting it together about a year before I launched this blog. The thing is, I’ve had to shelve it numerous times while sorting through life happenings, and I decided not to say much about it until I had something as firm as a wheel of Vella Dry Jack to share with you.

Now, dear readers, things are very firm. I’m very excited to share that I am writing a book about…. cheese!

“It’s Not You, It’s Brie: Behind the Wheel, A Guide to Unwrapping American Cheese & Culture” will guide people through the historical and cultural stories of selected American cheeses and explore how some of our most stand-up dairy gems came to be (and taste!). I’ll stray far from the classic 8 styles of cheeses, keep it lively and literary, use my cultural anthropology and professional cooking background to shape cheese stories, attempt on occasion to move beyond humor only a mother could love, and include recipes and pairing suggestions.

It will publish in 2012.

I’m pretty flippin excited.

And I’m very happy to share it with you.

Phew! So, thank you for reading- interacting with you in the comments section and seeing such interest in cheese and the people who craft it has been inspiring. You’ve been good to me and the cheese world. And as always, thank you cheesemakers and cows and sheep and goats and buffalo and …..you know…  for providing such amazing cheeses to write about.

And heads up – even though I’m cramming a lot of writing into short periods of time, I have no intention of letting the book’s progress bring the blog writing to grinding halt. I’ll keep dwelling on about my favorite cheeses and include more guests posts and interviews too (so please, if you have any topic or requests, let me know) and let you know when and where I’m teaching classes. I’ll also include info about the book’s progress, release, promo, and include photos from my “research” farm visits. I love research. I love travel. I also love chocolate and peanut butter, but that doesn’t really apply here.

Thanks for reading, thanks for your support and more to come soon!

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Carlos Yescas March 14, 2011 at 10:08 AM



Carmen Goodell March 14, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Congratulations! Very exciting news.


Tami Parr March 14, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Fantastic news – can’t wait to read it!!


Danger Dot March 14, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Seriously can not wait to buy read and recommend this book! Remember the little people Kirstin….remember the little people…


It's Not You, it's Brie March 14, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Thank you!
And Dot- I’ll always need high heels to measure up to you.


Jill March 14, 2011 at 10:40 AM

We’re so excited for you!


Jason March 14, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Possible sequels:

“Fondues and Fondon’ts (great for a cheese etiquette book)”
“Sacre Bleu! (a history of cheese in religion OR cheese-themed Teen Horror)
“Blue Veins (cheese-themed procedural crime thriller)”


KD March 14, 2011 at 10:53 AM

You go girl!!!


It's Not You, it's Brie March 14, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Jason- Great, now everyone’s got my new book ideas. This is the SAME thing that happened when I was considering writing “Baby Make me a Martini.” Agh. And… how much do I owe you for the Blue Veins idea?


Christine March 14, 2011 at 11:26 AM

That’s great news! Congrats to you!


Kelly March 14, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Congrats K!! I’m looking forward to it!


Jerry March 14, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Kirstin! Kirstin! Kirstin! Great News, congrats on the big announcement! I can’t wait to give it a read- it should be a real treat.


Jeanne Carpenter March 14, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Awesome news! You go, girl.


Sara March 14, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Q: What cheese is made backwards?

A: Edam

…dont stoop to my level.



Joen March 14, 2011 at 5:32 PM

I couldn’t be more thrilled for you, darling! Super-huge cheese-wheels of congratulations to you, my dear. Only you can take something so cheesy and make it so good.


Andrea March 14, 2011 at 5:49 PM



Uncle Joe March 14, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Wow! Having  watched your career blossom from the outstanding Thanksgiving dinners at your folk’s to becoming a published author leaves us all very proud of you. Heck… The truth is I’ve been a fan of yours’ since before kindergarden.  Well done!


Christine March 14, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Kirstin, I’ve learned so much more about cheese from your blog than anywhere else. Can’t wait to hear more about the writing process and see all your hard work and TLC come to fruition next year.


Kathleen Cotter March 14, 2011 at 9:04 PM

I’m so happy for you, Kirstin! Looking forward to reading a whole book of your work. Congrats!


William March 15, 2011 at 7:32 AM

Fantastic! I knew you had it in you. Who’s bringing it out?


It's Not You, it's Brie March 15, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Thanks so much for all your kind words! And William- Perigee/Penguin.


Jill Silverman Hough March 15, 2011 at 12:43 PM

BIG congratulations to you, Kirsten! Best of luck with it!


Kfroark March 15, 2011 at 5:54 PM

You deserve it for all your hard work and wonderful writing, couldn’t be happier for you!


amanda March 16, 2011 at 12:55 AM

this news is as saucy and exciting as a fondue party! great job kirsten!


amanda March 16, 2011 at 12:56 AM

sorry, your name is spelled with two i’s….wont happen again


katie March 18, 2011 at 6:52 AM

Lovely news! How excited you must be. I love following your blog and can only imagine how cheesy your book will be ;)



penny March 18, 2011 at 12:21 PM

i’m so glad that i have not yet bought a cheese book cause i was never quite sure which one would be the best to have. NOW i know – YOURS! cannot wait to read it. congratulations!


It's Not You It's Brie March 18, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Aw, shucks guys. Thanks!


Simona March 18, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Many heartfelt congratulations!


cynthia March 20, 2011 at 5:41 PM

How exciting! I’ve only recently gotten into cheese and am learning a lot from your blog. Great pics and posts! thx!! Looking forward to the book. :-)


cheesyplace March 21, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Love your blog ! The book should be just as great!

We’ll do a write up about it in our forum when its ready :)

good luck


Gordon Edgar March 21, 2011 at 2:00 PM



Madame Fromage March 21, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Sweet news! I can’t wait to buy it, unwrap it, sniff it, and dig in. Is this the same book you had in the works during the WI media tour? This sounds like a different beast. Congrats!


Sarah Dvorak March 21, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Amazing news! Cannot wait to read it! Perhaps a book signing at Mission Cheese?!? haha…


Linda Sogge April 1, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Us Flagstaff Sogge’s are SO Proud of you!!!!!!! We can’t wait to buy the book. You are an amazing, awesome, talented, strong, beautiful woman! Love and hugs! Linda


garrett April 19, 2011 at 10:37 PM

How is it I missed the official announcement? Ah well, you know how I feel! Congrats again! XD


The House Mouse August 1, 2011 at 9:09 PM

So happy and excited for you! I call dibs on a first copy! This mouse wants reading material!


Rona Myers Sullivan November 22, 2011 at 7:42 AM

Hello Kirstin,

Congratulations, and I’m SO pleased to see someone spending more time on Southern Cheese! Cheese was in the South as soon as Europeans began to migrate and bring goats and cows and sheep…. there was just not that much written about it. We have dairying traditions here in the South, and it’s good to see them coming to light.

Best of luck on your venture,


Kaylee Tierney April 4, 2012 at 10:12 AM

I am so excited to read this book. I can’t imagine a better page turner and the title is EPIC! So excited for you Kirstin!


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