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Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy


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ISBN13: 9780767900386
ISBN10: 0767900383
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In 1990, our first summer here, I bought an oversized blank book with Florentine paper on the cover and blue leather binding.  On the first page I wrote ITALY.  The book looked as though it should have immortal poetry in it but I began with lists of wildflowers, lists of projects, new words, sketches of tile in Pompeii.  I described rooms,  trees, bird calls.  I added planting advice, "Plant sunflowers when the moon crosses Libra," although I had no clue myself as to when that might be.  I wrote about the people we met and the food we cooked.  The book became a chronicle of our first four years here.  Today it is stuffed with menus, postcards of paintings, a drawing of a floor plan of an abbey, Italian poems, and diagrams of the garden.  Because it is thick, I still have room in it for a few more summers.  Now the blue book has become Under the Tuscan Sun, a natural outgrowth of my first pleasures here.  Restoring then improving the house, transforming an overgrown jungle into its proper function as a farm for olives and grapes, exploring the layers and layers of Tuscany and Umbria, cooking in a foreign kitchen and discovering the many links between food and the culture--these intense joys frame the deeper pleasure of learning to live another kind of life.  To bury the grape tendril in such a way that it shoots out new growth I recognize easily as a metaphor for the way life must change from time to time if we are to go forward in our thinking.


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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.

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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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Mayes, Frances
Broadway Books
Kephart, Beth
New York :
Cookery, italian
Social life and customs
Customs & Traditions
Europe - Italy
Essays & Travelogues
Tuscany (Italy) Description and travel.
Travel Writing-General
italy;travel;memoir;tuscany;non-fiction;food;fiction;biography;cooking;autobiography;travel writing;recipes;europe;travelogue;movie;renovation;romance;expats;frances mayes;novel;literature;culture;travel narrative;living abroad;adult;travel memoir;america
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 4053
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 9
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."

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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