If you're looking for a last minute stocking stuffer or perhaps a treat for yourself, I think I've found the perfect book!
Encyclopedia of the Exquisite begins with a whimsical cover and is chock-full of delicious, delightful anecdotes, facts about historical figures, and phenomena of all kinds. It has charming illustrations too.
From Amazon: "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."
A beautiful gift for anybody interested in the fine art of life. I bought two copies and maybe more to come!