"Brie" My Baby? Slate Says No
While untold millions have picked up a wheel of Brie to impress their friends at cocktail parties and dinner dates, Slate staff writer Forrest Wickman is putting his foot down and saying no more to the widespread, creamy delight.
You might think it’s a good idea to brie. In the last few decades, the cheese has become the default choice for a “classy” occasion. As online grocer FreshDirect puts it, “It’s what your guests expect (and want) you to serve.” How could you go wrong? I am here to tell you that you can go wrong. In fact, you go wrong just about every time you choose Brie for a party. The reasons are simple: It’s bland, it’s boring, and—at least in the United States—it’s rarely even the real thing.
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