Acquired Tastes [NOOK Book]

Overview

With an updated foreword by Peter Mayle, Acquired Tastes, originally published in 1993, is a celebration of life's extravagances. Exploring an aspect of human nature that, although lying dormant in hard economic times, is capable of erupting with the hint of good fortune and the drop of a credit card. It samples the luxuries of Havana cigars, Parisian Hotels, bespoke London tailoring, hand-made shoes, the proper color for a stretch limousine and weighs the cost versus the pleasure of keeping a mistress. ...
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Overview

With an updated foreword by Peter Mayle, Acquired Tastes, originally published in 1993, is a celebration of life's extravagances. Exploring an aspect of human nature that, although lying dormant in hard economic times, is capable of erupting with the hint of good fortune and the drop of a credit card. It samples the luxuries of Havana cigars, Parisian Hotels, bespoke London tailoring, hand-made shoes, the proper color for a stretch limousine and weighs the cost versus the pleasure of keeping a mistress. Explaining the proper way to eat true caviar while providing the listener with hours of pure, unadulterated escapism.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
...With unabashed gusto he (Mayle) praises good cigars, grand hotels, Parisian bistros, second homes, antiques and fresh truffles. ...curmudgeonly diatribes on lawyers, tipping, New Year's resolutions, writers' gripes, Christmas ("the universal expensive habit") and Manhattan's giddy spending opportunities. This delightful celebration of the little (and not-so-little) extravagances that make life worth living scintillates with wit, brio and trenchant observations on the best and the second-rate.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014800525
  • Publisher: Escargot Books Online Limited
  • Publication date: 6/11/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 232,729
  • File size: 300 KB

Meet the Author

Peter Mayle was educated at Brighton College, England, and later at Harrison College, Barbados. He left school at sixteen and returned to England, where he failed to distinguish himself as a waiter and a laundry van driver.
He joined David Ogilvy's advertising agency in New York, and spent nearly fifteen years in the advertising business on both sides of the Atlantic before leaving honest employment to become a writer..
His first book, Where Did I Come From?, explaining the facts of life to children, was published in 1973 and is still in print today, more than three million copies later.
In 1987, he moved to Provence with the intention of writing a novel, but the distractions of his life interfered. These become the material for A Year in Provence, which was published in 1989. It has now been translated into 38 languages, and has sold between five and six million copies. It also spent three years on both the London Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller lists. The sequel, Toujours Provence, followed in 1991. Since then, there have been a number of novels, including A Good Year, which in 2007 was made into a film starring Russell Crowe and directed by Ridley Scott.
He has often been asked about his hobbies. He has at various times professed an interest in amateur genetic engineering, musical espionage, diamond cutting, brain surgery for beginners, nude fencing and several other unusual leisure activities. These, alas, are all lies – attempts to add a little interest to an area of personal life that is normally devoted to less dramatic pursuits such as gardening and golf.
In fact, his principal hobby is lunch. Probably to make up for several years of being forced to eat revolting school food when young. Indeed, he hopes that when death comes, it will be during the precise moment between the last mouthfuls of a fine lunch and the arrival of the bill.
Living, as he does, in France, there are plenty of delightful opportunities to indulge this interest. The lunch addict can try his luck at everything from the three-star temple of gastronomy to the truck-drivers' bistro; each excellent in its own way. And there is something sinful, unworthy, and most enjoyable about these pleasures, particularly when knowing that many are obliged to make do with a sandwich at the desk.
On a more serious note, it was with great pride that Mayle received the distinction of being made a Chevalier in Légion d'Honneur in 2002.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    Fabulous book

    I found this book on vacation in Florida. Perfect, perfect beach read. The accounts of the best of everything are wonderful, evocative, and fascinating. I've read this book many times because it is so good. Definitely on my Top 10 list. And I have 5,000 books in my personal library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2009

    Pompous claptrap

    Mayle should be prohibited from ever again using the word bespoke. Most of his books are very interesting and amusing. The editor of this one slept on the job.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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