- Anthony Bourdain Jul 27, 2000 07:53 AM
Looking for an accurate, detailed account of the life of Vatel. Web search seems to yield only hits on the lame Depardieu movie. Any suggestions from culinary historians out there?
Not a culinary historian, just bored at work. Here's what I found:
At alibris.com, "La Vie de Vatel" by Maura Jean-Louvet, 237 pages, available for $33.50
At the New York Public Library, "Les Grands Maitres de la Cuisine Francaise du Moyen Age a Alexandre Dumas" by Vence, Celine & Robert J. Courtine, Paris, Bordas, 1972. #JFF94-2869. The library has a great culinary research guide online.
A brief, but interesting translation of an account of the death of Vatel by Madame de Savigne, written in 1671. The link is below.
When the Depardieu movie came out two months ago the larger Paris bookstores all had display stands on Vatel. As I recall there were at least two recent paperbacks and one relatively attractive coffee table book. You best bet might be to call the FNAC; they ship overseas.