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Encyclopedia Of The Exquisite: An Anecdotal History Of Elegant Delights

Encyclopedia Of The Exquisite An Anecdotal

Nan A. Talese

ISBN: 9780385529693
Author: Jessica Kerwin Jenkins

Kids love this outstanding book by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins. Written by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins and it was published sometime in 2010 by Nan A. Talese. The hardcover book is centered on Curiosities and wonders. This is the 1st ed. of the book has 336 pages and it includes loads of illustrations. For more information on this teen book, click on our store link on this page.

Encyclopedia of the Exquisite can be a lifestyle guide for the Francophile along making use of the Anglomaniac, the gourmet along making use of the style maven, the armchair traveler and the art lover. A com­ pendium of style, it merges whimsy and practicality, traipsing via the fine arts and the worlds of fashion, food, travel, home, garden, and beauty. It is a cele­ bration of luxury that doesn't necessarily require money. Each entry features a quantity of 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 “ frillies,” the initial lacy, racy lingerie; the ancient tends to make use of of sweet-smelling saffron; the wild riot incited by the appearance of London's first top rated hat; Julia Child's tip for cooking the perfect omelet; the polarizing practice of wearing red lipstick during World War II; Louis XIV's fondness for the luscious Bartlett pear; the Indian origin of badminton; Parliament's 1650 attempt to suppress Europe's beauty mark fad; the evolution of the Japanese kimono; the pil­ grimage of Central Park's Egyptian obelisk; and the fanciful thrill of dining alfresco. Taking a cue from the exotic encyclopedias from the sixteenth century, which brimmed with mysterious artifacts, Jessica Kerwin Jenkins's Encyclopedia of the Exquisite focuses on the elegant, the rare, the commonplace, and the delightful. Cleverly illustrated, Encyclopedia with the Exquisite is an ode to life's plenty, from the extravagant towards the eccentric. It's an homage to the esoteric world of glamour that doesn't need much spending but makes us feel rich.


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