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Acquired tastes, Peter Mayle

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Acquired tastes
Title
Acquired tastes
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Peter Mayle
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Language
eng
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Review
  • On assignment for GQ (where these tonic pieces first appeared), Mayle salliedforth to sample the little luxuries of the richest, the best that life is reputed to offer. With unabashed gusto he praises good cigars, grand hotels, Parisianbistros, second homes, antiques and fresh truffles. With swank savvy he reviewsthe advantages and drawbacks of servants, the pleasures and costs of mistresses. His excursions comprise an informal buyer's guide to single-malt whiskies, pure Mongolian cashmere, deluxe shirts and hand-made London shoes. For ballast, Mayle ( A Year in Provence ) presents 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 observationson the best and the second-rate. (May)
  • Having dissected the pleasures of life in the south of France in his popularA Year in Provence ( LJ 4/1/90) and Toujours Provences ( LJ 5/1/91), Mayle turnshis witty and keen eye on the lifestyles and spending habits of the very, very,very rich. In this collection of pieces from GQ magazine, he describes the ritual of ordering a pair of $1300 hand-made shoes. ``Everything is measured: altitude of instep, curve of heel, contours and slope of the metatarsal range. You might even be asked if you normally wear your toenails that length, because millimeters count.'' Mayle advises the reader on selecting the right stretchlimousine. ``White is vulgar, gray is a compromise banker's color, puce andmagenta and antique crackle-finish gold are not for gentlemen.'' He explains to the neophyte the proper way to eat true caviar (forget the sour cream, anchovies, chopped onions and capers, and hard-boiled eggs). While there is nogreat depth here, Mayle's amusing observations provide die-hard fans of Dynasty and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous with a few hours of pure hedonisticescapism.-- Wilda Williams, ``Library Journal''
  • /* Starred Review */ Consumer catalogue of the world's finest luxuries, entries first published in GQ and Esquire, by Mayle (Toujours Provence, 1991, etc.). Mayle decided to write a monthly column for GQ on luxuries and the most refined ways to spend money, with GQ's financial support of his investigations--rough work, alas. He delivers in a velvety style, telling: how to buy and eat caviar (skip chopped onion and crumbled egg yolk, don't spread it on toast like peanut butter--just get in bed with a plastic spoon and lift the black pearls to your mouth, then burst them on your palate); how to distinguish a true cigar or a great single-malt scotch; how to hire a black stretch-limo; how to maximize the joys of a supremely exclusive hotel; where to buy a shirt or $1300 hand-stitched custom-made shoes; where to have a suit made, and so on. He is especially keen about the foie gras of Provence (best in the world). He takes us on a money trip through the upkeep of a mistress and all the "daily jolts of intrigue and adrenaline [that] are meat and drink to the mistress addict"--and talks over the odd gift to the wife to soothe one's remorse. Then there's the indulgence of hiring lawyers ("In practice, it consists of handing over large sums of money to the kind of people you wouldn't want to meet in your neighborhood bar"). And how about hiring a private jet to get you from Avignon to Paris? "The cost would be substantial--around 48,000 French francs, or $9,000, for fuel and landing fees." Or a genuine $1,000 folding hat--a Panama worth its weight in dollar bills? Hmm...well, we deserve it. Much, much fun--and best read with a magnum of Dom Perignon and a four-pound tin of Beluga caviar. (Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 1992)
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Mayle, Peter
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Literary form
non fiction
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  • Luxury
  • Leisure class
  • Affluent consumers
Target audience
adult
Label
Acquired tastes, Peter Mayle
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
201985
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xvii, 229 pages
Isbn
9780553090277
Lccn
92003354
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9780553090277
  • (Sirsi) ABA-1064
Label
Acquired tastes, Peter Mayle
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
201985
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xvii, 229 pages
Isbn
9780553090277
Lccn
92003354
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780553090277
  • (Sirsi) ABA-1064

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