I have just recently completed the Encyclopedia of the Exquisite: An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights, by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins. I compare this account to a walk through a fabulous museum and reading every single description under every article of interest. Ms. Jenkins presents something for everyone here: art, cuisine, fashion, phenomena, history, phrases, language, personal situations and more, with provenance all over the world. A lovely book with snippets of out of the ordinary information, it is worth a read. As well Ms. Jenkins maintains a blog, where the stories from within her book continue on.