A rich, buttery soft-ripened cheese, Camembert comes in 8-oz. rounds and has a a full flavor. Real Camembert is a raw cow's milk cheese made in Normandy, France. But there are similar cheese made in the Camembert style.
Substitute Brie or another soft-ripened cheese.
Choose Camembert that is neither too firm not too soft. Choose Camembert that is soft and plump. If the edges are dry, or the rind smells of ammonia, it is past its prime.
You can eat the rind, but most recipes call for it to be removed.
Store well wrapped in the refrigerator where it will continue to ripen.