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5.0 out of 5 stars earthly delights, December 6, 2010
This review is from: Encyclopedia of the Exquisite: An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights (Hardcover)
From Nectar and Ambrosia to Sequins, from Omelets to Frilly Lingerie, Jessica Kerwin Jenkins has compiled a handbook of pleasures, a guide to refinements, both exotic and humble. Readable and whimsical, it's a book to savor, like a big box of chocolate Truffles, which sublime fungus, of course, merits an entry--and a recipe. This is not a frivolous compendium; Jenkins has done serious research, so readers learn the Venetian origins of the Umbrella, and how it was used by Thai acrobats in performance. She also understands that the exquisite is not limited to the material world, and there are entries on Twilight, Wanderers, Far Niente, and the elusive Quintessence. There is an extensive bibliography, too, for those whose curiosity has been inflamed. And as an object, the book itself is exquisite, with deckle-edged pages, and a binding stamped with gold.
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Initial post: Jan 15, 2012 11:57:11 AM PST
J. A. Bell says:
Nice review! (I gave you a "YES.") I've actually been inside the "Elephantine Colossus LUCY" in Atlantic City.
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