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Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy

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Now in paperback, the #1 San Francisco Chronicle bestseller that is an enchanting and lyrical look at the life, the traditions, and the cuisine of Tuscany, in the spirit of Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence.

Frances Mayes entered a wondrous new world when she began restoring an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. There were unexpected treasures at every turn: faded frescos beneath the whitewash in her dining room, a vineyard under wildly overgrown brambles in the garden, and, in the nearby hill towns, vibrant markets and delightful people. In Under the Tuscan Sun, she brings the lyrical voice of a poet, the eye of a seasoned traveler, and the discerning palate of a cook and food writer to invite readers to explore the pleasures of Italian life and to feast at her table.

Review:

"A poet, food-and-travel writer, Italophile and chair of the creative writing department at San Francisco State University, Mayes is a fine wordsmith and an exemplary companion whose delight in a brick floor she has just waxed is as contagious as her pleasure in the landscape, architecture and life of the village." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[A]n unusual memoir of one woman's challenge to herself and its successful transformation into a satisfying opportunity to improve the quality of her life." Library Journal

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"[A]rmchair travel at its most enticing. Can we really blame ourselves for wanting to strap Mayes down in some ratty armchair while we go live in her farmhouse?" Booklist

Review:

"This beautifully written memoir about taking chances, living in Italy. loving a house and, always, the pleasures of food, would make a perfect gift for a loved one. But it's so delicious, read it first yourself." USA Today

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"An intense celebration of what [Mayes] calls 'the voluptuousness of Italian life'." The New York Times Book Review

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"Irresistible...a sensous book for a sensous countryside." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Synopsis:

A CLASSIC FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF UNDER MAGNOLIA

Frances Mayes—widely published poet, gourmet cook, and travel writer—opens the door to a wondrous new world when she buys and restores an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. In evocative language, she brings the reader along as she discovers the beauty and simplicity of life in Italy. Mayes also creates dozens of delicious seasonal recipes from her traditional kitchen and simple garden, all of which she includes in the book. Doing for Tuscany what M.F.K. Fisher and Peter Mayle did for Provence, Mayes writes about the tastes and pleasures of a foreign country with gusto and passion.

About the Author

Frances Mayes lives in Cortona, Italy and San Francisco, where she teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University.  A widely published poet as well as a prolific food and travel writer, she has written for the New York Times, House Beautiful, and Food and Wine.

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wdaniel, January 4, 2011 (view all comments by wdaniel)
Ms. Mayes brings the warmth and beauty of Italy to life for those who have never been there. She shows their romantic, witty, and compassionate sides and makes the reader feel as if they have crawled into the pages to join her in the grape arbors and her Tuscan villa. Thank you and keep those books coming.

Wanda Daniel
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Dina, August 19, 2006 (view all comments by Dina)
This is a great book that makes you feel like you are in Tuscany. The author describes the Tuscan landscape and her renovation of an Italian villa
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780767900386
Author:
Mayes, Frances
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Author:
Kephart, Beth
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Cookery, italian
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Europe - Italy
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Tuscany
Subject:
Tuscany (Italy) Description and travel.
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 4053
Publication Date:
19970931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 304 pages Broadway Books - English 9780767900386 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A poet, food-and-travel writer, Italophile and chair of the creative writing department at San Francisco State University, Mayes is a fine wordsmith and an exemplary companion whose delight in a brick floor she has just waxed is as contagious as her pleasure in the landscape, architecture and life of the village."
"Review" by , "[A]n unusual memoir of one woman's challenge to herself and its successful transformation into a satisfying opportunity to improve the quality of her life."
"Review" by , "[A]rmchair travel at its most enticing. Can we really blame ourselves for wanting to strap Mayes down in some ratty armchair while we go live in her farmhouse?"
"Review" by , "This beautifully written memoir about taking chances, living in Italy. loving a house and, always, the pleasures of food, would make a perfect gift for a loved one. But it's so delicious, read it first yourself."
"Review" by , "An intense celebration of what [Mayes] calls 'the voluptuousness of Italian life'."
"Review" by , "Irresistible...a sensous book for a sensous countryside."
"Synopsis" by , A CLASSIC FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF UNDER MAGNOLIA

Frances Mayes—widely published poet, gourmet cook, and travel writer—opens the door to a wondrous new world when she buys and restores an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. In evocative language, she brings the reader along as she discovers the beauty and simplicity of life in Italy. Mayes also creates dozens of delicious seasonal recipes from her traditional kitchen and simple garden, all of which she includes in the book. Doing for Tuscany what M.F.K. Fisher and Peter Mayle did for Provence, Mayes writes about the tastes and pleasures of a foreign country with gusto and passion.

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