Encyclopedia of the Exquisite

Encyclopedia of the Exquisite

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Encyclopedia of the Exquisite is a lifestyle guide for the Francophile and the Anglomaniac, the gourmet and the style maven, the armchair traveler and the art lover. Ita€™s an homage to the esoteric world of glamour that doesna€™t require much spending but makes us feel rich. Taking a cue from the exotic encyclopedias of the sixteenth century, which brimmed with mysterious artifacts, Jessica Kerwin Jenkinsa€™s Encyclopedia of the Exquisite focuses on the elegant, the rare, the commonplace, and the delightful. A comAspendium of style, it merges whimsy and practicality, traipsing through the fine arts and the worlds of fashion, food, travel, home, garden, and beauty. Each entry features several engaging anecdotes, illuminating the curious past of each enduring source of beauty. Subjects covered include the explosive history of champagne; the art of lounging on a divan; the emergence of a€œfrillies, a€ the first lacy, racy lingerie; the ancient uses of sweet-smelling saffron; the wild riot incited by the appearance of Londona€™s first top hat; Julia Childa€™s tip for cooking the perfect omelet; the polarizing practice of wearing red lipstick during World War II; Louis XIVa€™s fondness for the luscious Bartlett pear; the Indian origin of badminton; Parliamenta€™s 1650 attempt to suppress Europea€™s beauty mark fad; the evolution of the Japanese kimono; the pilAsgrimage of Central Parka€™s Egyptian obelisk; and the fanciful thrill of dining alfresco. Cleverly illustrated, Encyclopedia of the Exquisite is an ode to lifea€™s plenty, from the extravagant to the eccentric. It is a celeAsbration of luxury that doesna€™t necessarily require money. BONUS MATERIAL: This ebook edition includes an excerpt from Jessica Kerwin Jenkins's All the Time in the World.It is a celeAsbration of luxury that doesna€™t necessarily require money. BONUS MATERIAL: This ebook edition includes an excerpt from Jessica Kerwin Jenkinsa#39;s All the Time in the World.


Title:Encyclopedia of the Exquisite
Author: Jessica Kerwin Jenkins
Publisher:Nan A. Talese - 2010-11-02
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