Acquired Tastes, originally published as Expensive Habits, is a celebration of life's extravagances. It explores an aspect of human nature that, although 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, and hand-made shoes; discusses the proper color for a stretch limousine; and weighs the cost versus the pleasure of keeping a mistress. The proper way to eat true caviar is explained while providing the listener with hours of pure, unadulterated escapism.
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by Peter Mayle
by Karina Yan Glaser
by Hannah Pittard
by Aminatta Forna
by Peter Lovesey
by Peter Lovenheim
by Tracey Baptiste
by Jane Kerr
by Peter Brown
by Pat Cadigan, Aliette De Bodard, Greg Egan, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Ellen Klages, Karen Lord, Ken MacLeod, Ian McDonald, Linda Nagata, Hannu Rajaniemi, Alastair Reynolds, Adam Roberts, Karl Schroeder, Peter Watts
"Robin Sachs delivers a delicious rendering of Peter Mayle's droll pronouncements on the joys of having enough money to pamper one's most exotic tastes. In his sexy rugged voice, Sachs offers Mayle's mouth-watering recipe for preparing truffles as well as advice on the proper way to eat true caviar (with iced vodka, of course) and how to eat patŽ correctly. With patrician elegance and undisguised smugness, Sachs relates Mayle's thoughts on keeping a mistress; live-in servants; second homes; choosing an excellent cigar; the pleasures of custom-made shoes, suits, and shirts; and the difference between four-ply cashmere and something that feels like your grandmother's overstuffed armchair. An updated forward by Mayle and charming musical interludes introduce these amusing pieces, which first appeared in GQ in the 1990s. S.J.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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