I worked undercover at a cheese shop while writing a book about cheese. Here’s what happened

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During his deep research for ‘American Cheese,’ Joe Berkowitz worked shifts at a Brooklyn cheese shop. Turns out cheese doesn’t quite sell itself after all. The fun of unwrapping a flaxen slab of good cheese is inversely proportional to how frustrating it is to wrap in the first place. At least when you don’t know what the hell you’re doing. Read Full Story

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This vegan cheese tastes like cheese because it’s made with milk proteins (in a lab)

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Remilk uses bacteria to grow casein—one of the key ingredients in cheese—letting it make the real thing without involving any cows. If plant-based milk has become mainstream—the category is now a $2 billion market in the U.S.—the same can’t be said for vegan cheese. While several startups are working on the problem, it’s challenging to replicate the taste and texture of cheese made from cow milk, and plant-based alternatives struggle to avoid a plastic-like texture and bland taste. Read Full Story

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These cheese alternatives aren’t plant-based—they’re microbe-based

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Superbrewed Food’s cheese is fermented in a tank, from the same microbes that already live in your body. A sample of shredded mozzarella from a new company called Superbrewed Food tops a personal pizza, and it’s gooey and stretchy, with a slightly salty tang. The core protein of the cheese isn’t made with dairy, but neither is it plant-based. It’s made, instead, with microbes. Read Full Story

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The best Thanksgiving treats you can get delivered to loved ones (or yourself)

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HelloFresh, Harry and David, Murray’s Cheese—these companies will help you send delicious Thanksgiving gifts to loved ones anywhere in the U.S. Thanksgiving in quarantine is looking more and more like an inevitability , meaning some of us will be trading hours in the kitchen preparing a feast for 15 for lounging on the couch with only our closest contacts. Luckily, for those who aren’t able to recreate grandma’s secret recipe pumpkin pie, there are plenty of tasty safety nets available online. From meal kits to ready-to-serve feasts and sides to delectable, giftable boxes to send to faraway friends and family, there are indulgent, across-the-board options that won’t let you down. Awkward family election convos via Zoom are optional. Read Full Story

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People who social distance may be more intelligent, study says

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A new study indicates that people who comply with social distancing guidelines have better working memory capacity, an indicator of intelligence. A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates that people who comply with social distancing guidelines have better working memory capacity, which is an indicator of intelligence. Read Full Story

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WHO: The coronavirus ‘likely’ came from bats, not a lab

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“All available evidence suggests the virus has an animal origin and is not a manipulated or constructed virus in a lab or somewhere else,” a WHO spokesperson announced today. The World Health Organization has announced today that its research has found that the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, likely originated in bats, CNBC reports . Speaking at a news conference in Geneva, WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib said: Read Full Story

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