Brie is one of the most of delectable cheeses. It’s creamy white, and robed in an edible rind. It’s best served at room temperature, so that it softens up. A good aged brie will get oozy and spreadable, almost like butter. American bries are quite good and fairly priced, but French brie is considered the best.

Serve with slices of good bread (baguettes are nice) or crackers. A wheel of brie can be wrapped in puff pastry and baked. To gild the lily, accompany it with ripe apple or pear, honey spiked with truffle oil, jalapeno jelly, a good unsalted butter, or a special sweet preserve.

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