Author Archives: Cheryl Krueger

Vatel and the Invention of the Celebrity Chef

by Michael Garval “Who is this Vatel, where does he come from?” asks one courtier, in the 2000 Miramax biopic Vatel. “Nowhere—slums of Paris,” scoffs royal favorite Lauzun, his reply untrue yet revealing. So who was Vatel, where did he … Continue reading

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Noisy Ladies in the French Theater

By Lise Schreier In June of 1816 Lady Morgan, the daughter of a famous Irish actor, hastily vacated her seat at the Comédie Française in a state of shock. “I had suffered so much from fear, agitation, heat, and noise,” … Continue reading

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High on Fragrance: The Nineteenth-Century Perfume Launcher

by Cheryl Krueger Multi-million dollar advertising campaigns attest to a thriving perfume industry in North America and the European Union. An average of three new perfumes per day were released in 2011 alone. But not everyone is high on perfume. … Continue reading

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