A Holiday Gift for the Discerning…Encyclopedia of the Exquisite

My wife’s friend Theresa is a magical person.

Cover of "Mary Poppins (40th Anniversary ...

Cover of Mary Poppins (40th Anniversary Edition)

She’s the sort of gal who has a chocolate closet, enthralls younger children with a bag of Mary Poppins delights, and was known to cleverly dress up her dog long before it became fashionable.

Theresa weaves magic and delight amongst her friends and acquaintances with her penchant for dramatic Halloween costumes (ie vampire prom,) her devotion to her three lovely daughters and very lucky husband, and her attention to the details of life which change the rudimentary to exquisite.

All this while adhering to a Paleo diet, running and training, and bringing much joy and delight to all those lucky enough to be the beneficiaries of her considerable love, wit, and whimsy.

And while my wife and daughter, and even my granddaughter are members of her inner circle, I confess that I, too share in the happiness and euphoria that surround all things Theresa.  I’m crazy about her; she’s just a delight!

And so when my wife stumbled across this charming encyclopedia and started going on about how it was perfect for “our Theresa,” I thought I’d check it out myself to see what all the excitement was about.

Captivating Charmer for the Holidays

“Encyclopedia of the Exquisite,” by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins  is a delicious trove of, “Jenkins’s wittily curated selection which emphasizes the rare and not often considered, with a dash of Julie Andrews’s “favorite things” sensibility. Along the way, tales are told about muses of the marvelous, from Madame de Staël to Yoko Ono. The author concludes with an entry on Ono’s use of the universal expression of optimism: yes.”New York Times

Chock full of tips from luminaries such as Julia Child and Jacques Pepin, this read is food for the imagination and will provide inordinate hours of fascinating digestion for your most discriminating gift recipient.

Of course if you’re lucky enough to have the gift of friendship of a person such as our Theresa, well then, you are indeed a most fortunate person.  It’s a gift that’s truly priceless.

But if you need to give someone an awesome, unusual gift this holiday, click here http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=bosjohpresthe-20&o=1&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=ss_til&asins=0385529694
to order your copy of “Encyclopedia of the Exquisite!”

Encyclopedia of the Exquisite is a lifestyle guide for the Francophile and the Anglomaniac, the gourmet and the style maven, the armchair traveler and the art lover. It’s an homage to the esoteric world of glamour that doesn’t require much spending but makes us feel rich.

Taking a cue from the exotic encyclopedias of the sixteenth century, which brimmed with mysterious artifacts, Jessica Kerwin Jenkins’s Encyclopedia of the Exquisite focuses on the elegant, the rare, the commonplace, and the delightful. A com­pendium of style, it merges whimsy and practicality, traipsing through the fine arts and the worlds of fashion, food, travel, home, garden, and beauty. 

– Amazon.com

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