I live and write in Portland, Oregon. Inspired by Julie Powell's Julie/Julia Project, I started a blog called Pacific Northwest Cheese Project as a creative outlet in 2004. In short order I became immersed in the rapidly expanding regional artisan cheese movement.

My ongoing cheese adventure has taken me around the region, from coastal Southern Oregon to the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia to the Idaho desert and many points inbetween. I was thrilled to serve as a judge at the American Cheese Society competition in 2006 and at the American Dairy Goat Association competition in 2010. I was also President of the Oregon Cheese Guild from 2009-2011. 




My writing has appeared in a number of publications including The Oregonian, Edible Portland, Mix Magazine and Willamette Week. I've published two books, Artisan Cheese of the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Northwest Cheese: A History (see the Books page for more about them).



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Author Says Artisan Cheese Has Come Full Circle in the Pacific Northwest by Eric Mortenson, Capital Press

Author Serves Cheese Course by Anne Marie DiStefano, Portland Tribune

The Bison Went Unmilked: Seven Things You Didn't Know about Pacific Northwest Cheese History by Matthew Korfhage, Willamette Week

'Say Cheese': Tami Parr's Blog and Book Helped Put NW Dairy Products on the Gourmet Map by Mary Brennan, Seattle Times

An Interview With Tami Parr, Northwest Cheese Guru by Jonathan Kauffman, Seattle Weekly

A Food Writer Who Gets it Right  by Rebekah Denn, Christian Science Monitor



Exploring Artisan Cheese of the Northwest  KUOW Seattle

The Bear who Loved Cheese with Tami Parr  Edible Portland's Underground Airwaves

Book Review: Pacific Northwest Cheese: A History  Cutting the Curd on Heritage Radio Network