By Peter Mayle
With an up to date foreword through Peter Mayle, Acquired Tastes (originally released in 1993 as Expensive Habits), is a party of life's extravagances. Exploring a facet of human nature that, even though mendacity dormant in demanding financial occasions, is in a position to erupting with the trace of excellent fortune and the drop of a bank card. It samples the luxuries of Havana cigars, Parisian lodges, bespoke London tailoring, hand-made sneakers, the right kind colour for a stretch limousine and weighs the associated fee as opposed to the excitement of holding a mistress. Explaining the correct approach to consume actual caviar whereas offering the listener with hours of natural, unadulterated escapism.
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It is this, more than anything else, that keeps the mistress in business, despite high running costs and savage increases in the size of the Ultimate Fine if dalliance is followed by divorce. ) If mistresses were socially acceptable, they would lose much of their appeal; it is the whiff of sin and the fear of discovery that sharpen the pleasure, make parting such sweet sorrow, and enable a man to contemplate his American Express bills with a secret smile. We shall return to those bills later, but for those of you who are about to invest in a mistress, it should be said that the costs are not just financial.
The original owner of the liver, whether a goose or a duck, has to be fattened to maturity by hand, coaxed into overeating and generally treated like a heavyweight in serious training so that it reaches its peak around October or November. By this time, the liver will weigh several pounds. It will vary in colour from pale pink-ivory to a deep yellow, and it will be so rich that if it’s not correctly cooked it will dissolve into liquid fat while the cook dissolves into tears. Even if it’s heated only a few moments at above ninety degrees centigrade, all is lost, the foie gras just melts away.
And why? And are they worth the money? As I write, we are going through another period of economic distress and uncertainty, and it may seem inappropriate to dwell on these glimpses of high-level expenditure. But they are life’s consolation prizes, and as such I think they deserve to be celebrated. Peter Mayle, May 2011 1 A Gentleman’s Fetish There are two or three discreet establishments in London that for generations have catered to one of man’s lesser known vices. Their names are not advertised, except by word of mouth.
Acquired Tastes by Peter Mayle