Nikki, one of the commenters here, suggested that I run a thread on favorite books, whether perfume related or not. Since I love books and spend most of my free time reading, I gladly agreed. Of course, when I began to think of my own favorites, I realized that I could write a whole essay on this topic. In the end, I limited myself to only a few favorite selections, the books that I have re-read several times and look forward to revisiting again and again.
anything Agatha Christie
anything by Gogol
Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita
Sébastien Japrisot mystery novels
Tolstoy’s War and Peace
Bunin’s Life of Arseniev
And anything by Elizabeth David, whose food writing I love.
My favorite book on perfume is Michael Edwards’ Perfume Legends, which is unrivaled for its depth of information.