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Under the Tuscan Sun

by Frances Mayes

January 4, 1998 | Mass Market Paperbound

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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.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 352 pages

Published: January 4, 1998

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0767902807

ISBN - 13: 9780767902809

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Under the Tuscan Sun

by Frances Mayes

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 352 pages

Published: January 4, 1998

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0767902807

ISBN - 13: 9780767902809

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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.


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.

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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.
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