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, and the proper color for a stretch limousine. It weighs the cost versus the pleasure of keeping a mistress, and explains the proper way to eat true caviar, all while providing the listener with hours of pure, unadulterated escapism.
He is something of a wonder... chronicling the scene around him in irresistible prose, the joys of bountiful climate, brilliant sun, and splendid cuisine." (Time)
"Delightful, amusing, and appealing," (The New York Times Book Review)
"He virtually establishes a lip-suckig new literary genre- call it dinnerotica.... He is becoming an American Evelyn Waugh." (People)
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