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By Jessica Kerwin Jenkins

Encyclopedia of the beautiful is a way of life consultant for the Francophile and the Anglomaniac, the gourmand and the fashion maven, the armchair tourist and the paintings lover. It’s an homage to the esoteric global of glamour that doesn’t require a lot spending yet makes us consider wealthy.

Taking a cue from the unique encyclopedias of the 16th century, which brimmed with mysterious artifacts, Jessica Kerwin Jenkins’s Encyclopedia of the beautiful focuses at the stylish, the infrequent, the usual, and the pleasant. A com­pendium of favor, it merges whimsy and practicality, traipsing in the course of the high-quality arts and the worlds of favor, meals, commute, domestic, backyard, and sweetness.

Each access beneficial properties numerous attractive anecdotes, illuminating the curious previous of every enduring resource of attractiveness. topics coated comprise the explosive heritage of champagne; the artwork of lounging on a divan; the emergence of “frillies,” the 1st lacy, racy underwear; the traditional makes use of of sweet-smelling saffron; the wild rebellion incited via the looks of London’s first best hat; Julia Child’s tip for cooking the proper omelet; the polarizing perform of donning crimson lipstick in the course of international conflict II; Louis XIV’s fondness for the luscious Bartlett pear; the Indian starting place of badminton; Parliament’s 1650 try to suppress Europe’s attractiveness mark fad; the evolution of the japanese kimono; the pil­grimage of important Park’s Egyptian obelisk; and the fanciful thrill of eating alfresco.

Cleverly illustrated, Encyclopedia of the beautiful is an ode to life’s lots, from the extravagant to the eccentric. it's a cele­bration of luxurious that doesn’t inevitably require cash.

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