Emily Monaco

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Paris, France
American University In Paris, Paris IV - La Sorbonne,
Food History, French Cuisine, Cheese
  • Emily maintains a regular cheese column for My French Life, where she spotlights the over 1,000 French fromages one cheese at a time.
  • She has twice (so far!) judged international cheese competitions.
  • She served as a fixer for Chris Kimball's Milk Street, with forthcoming episodes focused on bistro classics and Vietnamese street food in Paris.


Emily Monaco is an American food and culture writer based in Paris. Her work has previously appeared in Atlas Obscura, Food & Wine, the BBC, EatingWell Magazine, and more. When she's not writing, she also works as a tour guide sharing French food and wine with visitors to the French capital. She loves discovering new cheeses — and with over 1,000 in France alone, she's got her work cut out for her!


Emily earned a bachelor's degree in Global Communications from the American University in Paris and a Master's degree from the Sorbonne in French and Comparative Literature. She received honors for her thesis comparing the representation of children in Les Misérables and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
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