Thursday, April 28, 2011

On April 28

On this day in ...
... 1761 (250 years ago today), Marie Fontaine was born in Crouttes, France; upon marriage to a farm worker employed by her stepmother's family -- the Perriers -- she became Marie Harel. The couple were married in the Camembert, and legend gives her credit for inventing Camembert cheese, to this day a French culinary delight. Like many legends this one does not hold up under scrutiny -- the cheese was famous before she was born -- but at least one author allows that Harel may deserve credit "for commercializing it beyond its traditional orbit." During World War II a Vimoutiers statue of Harel lost its head during a bombing raid and then disappeared, but an intact statue now stands again in a village square.

(Prior April 28 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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