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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.

©2011 Peter Mayle (P)2011 Escargot Books Online Ltd

Critic reviews

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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  • Desmond
  • 08-07-15

The most entertaining book

This is the most entertaining book I've listened to for a long while. The author's humor, smugness and characterization is only a refined English old gent can manage.

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  • Iconic
  • 15-08-12

Acquired tastes is a great escape loved it.

If you could sum up Acquired Tastes in three words, what would they be?

fun escape informative

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want him to do a book for me.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

all of it.

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Any one know other books like this?

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  • Pennie1961
  • 25-05-15

Entertaining

This is a fun little book. I love Peter Mayle. His colorful descriptions of places never disappoint. Since I'll likely never be able to afford most of the lavish indulgences detailed in this book, this allowed me to live vicariously through the writer's experiences. Narration is outstanding too.

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  • Abino
  • 01-04-15

Loved it!

I am absolutely going to listen to it again right away. It is witty and makes the reader feel great!

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  • Alice
  • 06-02-13

It's good but (a small but, mind you)

It's good but I should warn you that if you're looking for something more recent, this book is not for you. As you can see on the copyright page, this book was written more than a decade ago and since then, we have a far wider variety of luxuries. And sometimes you simply wouldn't agree with the author's thinking.

Anyway, I very much enjoyed this title. If you've read Peter's French Lessons or A Year in Provence, you'd like this one, too. It's just that the writing style is a little bit more stuffy than the two books I mentioned. That's maybe because of the subject of this book.

And the narrator's voice and tone, I think, are right here.

I'm just writing this so that you can know what you are getting with this book. So you don't need to hesitate much before purchasing this title.

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