It’s a sad day for camembert fans everywhere: The real, most authentic version of the soft cheese and appetizer platter staple
is in danger of disappearing. Despite being the second most popular cheese in France, the original and historically accurate camembert—stamped “PDO Camembert de Normandie"—produced under strict conditions is becoming less common.
While the camembert most of us consume is made with pasteurized milk, PDO Camembert de Normandie is made with raw milk and only produced by three farmstead operators in Normandy. While 360 million wheels of camembert are made each year, only 4 million of those fit the authenticity bill.
In light of the fact that we may soon lose the chance to taste legitimate camembert (though for any Americans hunting it down, this Bloomberg article
suggests trying Murray’s Cheese
), we’ve rounded up eight cheesy recipes to make before it's too late. Can’t find the real deal? It might not be as historically exact, but standard store bought camembert will work, too.