****Contest Closed*****”It’s Not You, It’s Brie” Book Giveaway

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Kirstin Jackson, author of  ” It’s Not You, It’s Brie:  Unwrapping America’s Unique Culture of Cheese”.   I had a lot of fun chatting with Kirstin.  It could be because I love cheese.  I love to shop for cheese, I love to smell cheese as its cooking, I love to eat cheese, I love pairing cheese with wine….you get the idea.  Right?  I LOVE cheese.  But, I discovered something else about myself recently.  I also love reading about America’s cheese culture.  And, I think you will too.

I have one (1) copy of “It’s Not You, It’s Brie:  Unwrapping America’s Unique Culture of Cheese” to give away. Would you like to provide it with a new home?


To enter the giveaway, just answer the following question in the “Speak Your Mind” section at the bottom of this post:

“What is the best cheese you have ever eaten?”

Are you one of those souls who enjoy a simple, aged cheddar?  Or do you – like me – prefer warm brie on a gourmet cracker?  Perhaps you are a squeeze cheese enthusiast ( I won’t judge!) or a cheese gourmand who has a cheese monger on speed dial.  Any way you slice it, I want to know the best cheese you’ve eaten!

Note:  If you are lactose intolerant, or just don’t like cheese, no problem!  Just say something along the lines of “hello” and you’re good to go.


One entry per person, please.

Giveaway begins Monday November 5, 2012 and ends Thursday November 15, 2012 at 8 pm CST.

The winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced on Friday November 16, 2012.

Winner must email MakeLifeSpecial@gmail.com with their name and mailing address.

Note:  Giveaway sponsored by Penguin Group.  Thank you!




“It’s Not You, It’s Brie” by Kirstin Jackson

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Kirstin Jackson, author of the new book, It’s Not You, It’s Brie:  Unwrapping America’s Unique Culture of Cheese.  Kirstin has a bubbly personality and passion for cheese and that comes through in her book.  She takes the reader on a delightful journey behind-the-scenes into 48 American artisan cheesemakers.  You’ll learn who is making the cheese, where its made, and how.  Whether you only buy cheese in your local grocery store or you have a cheesemonger on speed dial – you will find this book entertaining and informative.

The book, published by Perigee ( November 6, 2012), is just in time for the holidays!  It’s the kind of book that everyone — foodies, artisans, cheese lovers, cooks, and the mothers who make dinner every night — will be eager to add to their collection.  This would be great for a holiday gift, or for your own reading enjoyment.  Whether you are navigating the marketplace for a new cheese, looking for a wine to pair with that cheese, or trying one of Jackson’s featured recipes — you are sure to love this book.

While not a cookbook, Kirstin does offer several delicious recipes using some of the cheeses featured in the book.  From Gouda Almond Toffee to Perlitta Meatballs, you will find delicious recipes that are sure to please.  I also love the fact that Kirstin gives beer, wine and food pairings that go with each cheese style.

Here are excerpts from the synopsis from the cover of the book:

….In It’s Not You, It’s Brie, cheese expert Kirstin Jackson tells the whole cheese story.  Through 48 American cheese profiles, she takes us “backstage” into underground caves, into funky scents and traditions that link today’s cheesemakers to American history….

……You’ll meet the people who dedicate their lives to artisan cheese — from those who run generations-old family farms to others who ditched their day job to start a dairy…….

Kirstin is a professionally trained cook,  cheese program director, wine bar manager and published food and wine author.  She has a vast knowledge about cheese but is able to transpose that into an entertaining and humorous book that’s sure to be a hit this holiday season.  She also has a popular website by the same name:   It’s Not You, It’s Brie

It’s Not You, It’s Brie by Kirstin Jackson.  (Perigee:  November 6, 2012)  $ 19.00

I received a sample copy of It’s Not You, It’s Brie to read for this review and Holiday Gift Guide.  These are my true and honest opinions.  No compensation was received. 








It’s Not You, It’s Brie by Kirstin Jackson ( Perigee:  November 6, 2012)  $ 19.00


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