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Encyclopedia of the Exquisite: An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights

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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. It’s an homage to the esoteric world of glamour that doesn’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 Jenkins’s Encyclopedia of the Exquisite focuses on the elegant, the rare, the commonplace, and the delightful. A compendium 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 “frillies,” the first lacy, racy lingerie; the ancient uses of sweet-smelling saffron; the wild riot incited by the appearance of London’s first top 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 pilgrimage of Central Park’s Egyptian obelisk; and the fanciful thrill of dining alfresco.

Cleverly illustrated, Encyclopedia of the Exquisite is an ode to life’s plenty, from the extravagant to the eccentric. It is a celebration of luxury that doesn’t necessarily require money.

Synopsis:

An anecdotal lifestyle guide for fans of French and English culture shares tips for inexpensively enjoying everything from travel and fashion to gardening and dining, in a reference inspired by 16th-century exotic encyclopedias that includes coverage of such esoteric topics as the history of champagne and Julia Child's secret to a perfect omelet.

About the Author

JESSICA KERWIN JENKINS was formerly the European editor of W and a senior editor at Women’s Wear Daily. She currently writes for Vogue. She lives in Maine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385533652
Subtitle:
An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Author:
Jenkins, Jessica Kerwin
Author:
Jessica Kerwin Jenkins
Subject:
Art : Fashion
Subject:
Antiques & Collectibles : General
Subject:
Health & Fitness : Beauty & Grooming - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Beauty & Grooming - General
Subject:
Curiosities and wonders
Subject:
Unexplained Phenomena
Subject:
Antiques-General
Subject:
Reference - General
Subject:
Excess Culture-Fashion for Life
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20101102
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
288

Related Subjects

Hobbies, Crafts, and Leisure » Antiques » General
Hobbies, Crafts, and Leisure » Beauty and Fashion » Beauty
Metaphysics » General
Reference » Almanacs
Reference » General
Travel » Europe » France

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"Synopsis" by , An anecdotal lifestyle guide for fans of French and English culture shares tips for inexpensively enjoying everything from travel and fashion to gardening and dining, in a reference inspired by 16th-century exotic encyclopedias that includes coverage of such esoteric topics as the history of champagne and Julia Child's secret to a perfect omelet.
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