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Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese: A Guide to Wedges, Recipes, and Pairings

All our must-eats brought to life before your very eyes!
$19.99 ea.

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Pride and passion, flavors and family, all bound together. Local writer, photographer and publisher deliver our House of Cheese to yours.

Quick Facts

Author: Tenaya Darlington
Publisher: Running Press, Philadelphia. 2013


Part field guide, part cookbook, and part history, DiBruno Bros. House of Cheese presents a novel taxonomy of cheese, imaginative and pioneering pairings, and the story of the shop and staff that have are our home and family.

Peek behind Philadelphia’s largest and oldest cheese counter, hailed by Anthony Bourdain as “a temple of awesomeness and delight”, for a lively guide to pairing cheese with everything from beer and cocktails to olives and charcuterie. Our resident cheese blogger, Tenaya Darlington (aka Madame Fromage), brings to life 170 of the world’s greatest artisan cheeses, drawing on stories and knowledge from our mongers, chefs, and third-generation owners.

Illustrated by beautiful full-color photographs, this book offers a glimpse into our history and culture, along with a dairy lexicon, notes on how to taste cheese, and a variety of themed boards: a Fireside Party, an All-Goat Blow-Out, and a selection of Desk Bento. Woven throughout are 30 tantalizing and surprising recipes, from Manchego & Marcona Almond Pesto and Cheddar Ale Soup to Rogue River Sushi, designed to showcase each cheese’s unique qualities and the delicious possibilities of outside-the-box cheese cookery.

Philadelphia food writer Tanaya Darlington (with more than a smattering from our own Hunter Fike) delivers an emotive yet vastly informative format for learning and falling in love, alike. Illuminated by the exquisite
photographs of Jason Varney (another local food-media), this volume will shuffle between kitchen counter, coffee table, and nightstand as it guides, teaches, and inspires.


"Ever since I was a child I've always been obsessed with cheese. I remember going down to South Philadelphia to Di Bruno Bros. and picking out provolone with my grandfather. These days, there's a lot more than provolone out there, and it’s great to see that it's still Di Bruno Bros. forging ahead, helping people understand cheese. Whether it's variety, history, technique, or flavor combinations. . . this book has it all. I've relied on these guys for my whole life. . . and it just got easier for the rest of the world!"

- Chef and restaurateur Marc Vetri

"Full of authoritative and engaging advice on how to use cheese that should appeal to all levels of knowledge…. portraits so luscious, you can practically feel the creaminess of each blue wedge melt on your tongue. I can smell the piquant perspiration of that well-aged Testun al Barolo. More important, Darlington's prose brings it all to life."



Tenaya Darlington is a blogger, novelist, professor of writing, and journalist who runs the blog Madame Fromage. Over the last six years, she has become Philadelphia’s busiest cheese writer, hosting monthly tastings, penning magazine columns about local cheese, and freelancing for Di Bruno Bros. That fruitful collaboration eventually led to Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese. She has contributed to Grid Magazine, Cooking Light magazine, and numerous websites. She lives in Philadelphia.

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