Gastropod looks at food through the lens of science and history, via a podcast and extraordinarily well-written articles on its website. Gastropod provides unique and thought-provoking work; this month’s feature is no exception.

What is cheese? In this episode of Gastropod, co-hosts Cynthia Graber (@cagraber) and Nicola Twilley seek to answer that complex question. They have produced a big piece about cheese: its origins, how its discovery changed the course of Western civilization, and how cheese is now helping scientists engage in cutting-edge research about microbial ecology.

Cheese is the chameleon of the food world, as well as one of its greatest delights. Fresh and light or funky and earthy, creamy and melty or crystalline and crumbly—no other food offers such a variety of flavors and textures.

A written and audio delight.