Thursday, October 21, 2010

Exquisite Chic Lit.

The Encyclopedia of the Exquisite: An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights is the newest, and possibly most coveted addition to my never-ending Amazon wish list. Described by its author Jessica Kerwin Jenkins as a "lifestyle guide for the francophile and anglomaniac, the gourmet and the style maven, the armchair traveler and the art lover." 

The book points to different ways to be happy whether that means wearing a top hat, eating a luscious pear, luxuriating in a bath full of warm milk, or keeping a singing cricket as a pet.* 

{I had no idea there were singing crickets but that would make me smile, especially if it serenaded me while I luxuriated in a warm milk bath!}  

Jenkins also covers additional whimsical topics such as the art of lounging on a divan, the emergence of “frillies,” the first lacy, racy lingerie, Julia Child’s tip for cooking the perfect omelet, the fanciful thrill of dining alfresco and the history of champagne. 

Just the sort of whimsy that makes this francophile smile! 
And truly, she had me at "luscious pear."

It is, after all, the little things in life that provide true happiness. 
Maybe this is just a reminder of where to look!

*click here to see a YouTube video of a "singing cricket." 
I think "signing" may be a stretch, but I was curious. 

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