Format: Mass Market Paperbound
Dimensions: 352 pages
Published: January 4, 1998
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0767902807
ISBN - 13: 9780767902809
From the Publisher
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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
A native of Georgia, Frances Mayes received a B.A. from the University of Florida and an M.A. from San Francisco State University. She is a creative writing professor at San Francisco State University. Mayes' memoir "Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy," about buying and restoring an abandoned villa in Cortona, was a national best seller in 1996. In addition her travel writing, Frances Mayes is the author of six books of poetry and is a respected essayist and gourmet cook.
From Our Editors
Frances Mayes smells the wild orange lilies, sage and lavender that
scent the heavy summer air as the ancient work of preparing the
land goes on around her, and opens her big blue book.
Under the Tuscan Sun is a delightful
jumble of seasonal recipes, postcards of paintings, Italian poems,
diagrams of the garden, lists of plants to grow, pieces of sunny
Tuscan culture and lore and dreams. Four years went into
transforming an abandoned villa and garden into a farm blossoming
with rich grapes, olives and potatoes. Mayes
invites you to join her on a Tuscan holiday, replete with good
food, friendly conversation and poetic, sunshine-drenched
observations of traditional life in rural Italy.