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.
by Publishers Weekly,
"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."
by Library Journal,
"[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."
"[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?"
by USA Today,
"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."
by The New York Times Book Review,
"An intense celebration of what [Mayes] calls 'the voluptuousness of Italian life'."
by Minneapolis Star-Tribune,
"Irresistible...a sensous book for a sensous countryside."
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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