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Marie Antoinette

"There is nothing new except what has been forgotten."

-ROSE BERTIN, MILLINER TO MARIE ANTOINETTE

No one dared touch a potato in eighteenth century France. They were dirty, lumpy, and
caused leprosy. Or so everyone feared . . . everyone except Marie Antoinette.

The potato's image makeover began with a simple party hosted by French chemist and pharmacist Antoine-Augustin Parmentier. Parmentier had concocted some delicious potato dishes and hoped to convince King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette to try them. After several bad wheat harvests, he saw the potato's potential to feed France's starving population, if only he could get people to stop fearing it.

While Parmentier's cooks worked frantically, Marie Antoinette was busy with her coiffeur (hairdresser) creating a fabulous hairdo. Read More>>

 

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