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Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life In Italy

by Frances Mayes

Broadway Books | April 8, 1999 | Hardcover

Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life In Italy is rated 5 out of 5 by 4.
Frances Mayes, whose enchanting #1 New York Times bestseller Under the Tuscan Sun made the world fall in love with Tuscany, invites us back for a delightful new season of friendship, festivity, and food there and throughout Italy.

Happiness? The color of it must be spring green, impossible to describe until I see a just-hatched lizard sunning on a stone. That color, the glowing green lizard skin, repeats in every new leaf. The regenerative power of nature explodes in every weed, stalk, branch. Working in the mild sun, I feel the green fuse of my body, too. Surges of energy, kaleidoscopic sunlight through the leaves, the soft breeze that makes me want to say the word "zephyr"--this mindless simplicity can be called happiness.

Having spent her summers in Tuscany for the past several years, Frances Mayes relished the opportunity to experience the pleasures of primavera, an Italian spring. A sabbatical from teaching in San Francisco allowed her to return to Cortona--and her beloved house, Bramasole--just as the first green appeared on the rocky hillsides.

Bella Tuscany, a companion volume to Under the Tuscan Sun, is her passionate and lyrical account of her continuing love affair with Italy. Now truly at home there, Mayes writes of her deepening connection to the land, her flourishing friendships with local people, the joys of art, food, and wine, and the rewards and occasional heartbreaks of her villa''s ongoing restoration. It is also a memoir of a season of change, and of renewed possibility. As spring becomes summer she revives Bramasole''s lush gardens, meets the challenges of learning a new language, tours regions from Sicily to the Veneto, and faces transitions in her family life.

Filled with recipes from her Tuscan kitchen and written in the sensuous and evocative prose that has become her hallmark, Bella Tuscany is a celebration of the sweet life in Italy.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages

Published: April 8, 1999

Publisher: Broadway Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0767902831

ISBN - 13: 9780767902830

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring! Having been to Italy, I am easily transported back there every time I pick up this luscious book. Frances Mayes is a beautiful writer with the ability to make the reader feel they are also experiencing her life in Italy. I'm not finished reading it yet, but I'm savoring every morsel of it, and know I will mourn the end of this memoir as I finish the last page.
Date published: 2006-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bella Tuscany Ever had the desire to experience the magic of Italy? Frances Mayle takes us there in "Bella Tuscany", her sequel to "Under the Tuscan Sun", where she invites us to sample the culture, people and superb cuisine of her adopted country. A book sure to please the travel enthusiast in all of us!
Date published: 2000-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm booking a room Another wonderful story of life in Italy [and a little California thrown in]. Frances' ability to see the wonder if everything and everyday is amazing. Even in the middle of winter I felt the Tuscan sun in August. If this doesn't make you start up a retirement fund for a villa in tuscany nothing will.
Date published: 2000-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Little Bit of Tuscany in this Book! This is a touching and funny book about living in a new culture. Throughout this book Francis Mayes writes about the joys of home renovation on a home in the middle of nowhere, with bathrooms that seem to be dated from the turn of the century. She reminisces about conversations in broken Italian and her comic trials in learning the language of her second home. She describes Tuscan traditions, from the limonaia to family recipes. A great read, funny, light, entertaining. Makes you want to go there yourself.
Date published: 1999-07-11

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Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life In Italy

by Frances Mayes

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages

Published: April 8, 1999

Publisher: Broadway Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0767902831

ISBN - 13: 9780767902830

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Primavera Fortunate that cypress shadows fall in wide bands across the sunlit road; fortunate that on the first day back in Cortona I see a carpenter carrying boards, his tabby cat balanced on his shoulders, tail straight up, riding like a surfer. The carpenter tosses the wood on sawhorses and begins to whistle. The cat bends and leans as he moves--a working cat. I watch for a few moments then walk on into town for a cappuccino. Thank you, I think. Fortunate that yellow blazes of forsythia light the hills. After seven summers on this terraced land, Ed and I feel a rush of happiness on turning the front-door key. I''m enchanted by the rounded Apennines, this quirky house that takes in the sun, and the daily rhythms of life in a Tuscan hilltown. He''s far in love with the land. By now he knows the habits of every olive tree. Fortunate. Otherwise, we might want to post a For Sale sign on the gate ten minutes after arrival because neither well pump is working: a grinding noise in the switch for the old well, a buzz for the new well. We peer into the cistern--at least there''s enough water for a few days. When the pump went down into the new well six years ago, I never expected to see it again. Now, on our first morning, three plumbers are hauling up ropes, their heads down the well. It''s a beast. Then Giacomo stands on the well wall, the others beside him. They''re counting, uno, due, tre, giving the heave-ho. Soon they''re stripped to their pants, cursing and laughing. Up it co
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From the Publisher

Frances Mayes, whose enchanting #1 New York Times bestseller Under the Tuscan Sun made the world fall in love with Tuscany, invites us back for a delightful new season of friendship, festivity, and food there and throughout Italy.

Happiness? The color of it must be spring green, impossible to describe until I see a just-hatched lizard sunning on a stone. That color, the glowing green lizard skin, repeats in every new leaf. The regenerative power of nature explodes in every weed, stalk, branch. Working in the mild sun, I feel the green fuse of my body, too. Surges of energy, kaleidoscopic sunlight through the leaves, the soft breeze that makes me want to say the word "zephyr"--this mindless simplicity can be called happiness.

Having spent her summers in Tuscany for the past several years, Frances Mayes relished the opportunity to experience the pleasures of primavera, an Italian spring. A sabbatical from teaching in San Francisco allowed her to return to Cortona--and her beloved house, Bramasole--just as the first green appeared on the rocky hillsides.

Bella Tuscany, a companion volume to Under the Tuscan Sun, is her passionate and lyrical account of her continuing love affair with Italy. Now truly at home there, Mayes writes of her deepening connection to the land, her flourishing friendships with local people, the joys of art, food, and wine, and the rewards and occasional heartbreaks of her villa''s ongoing restoration. It is also a memoir of a season of change, and of renewed possibility. As spring becomes summer she revives Bramasole''s lush gardens, meets the challenges of learning a new language, tours regions from Sicily to the Veneto, and faces transitions in her family life.

Filled with recipes from her Tuscan kitchen and written in the sensuous and evocative prose that has become her hallmark, Bella Tuscany is a celebration of the sweet life in Italy.

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Frances Mayes, whose enchanting #1 New York Times bestseller Under the Tuscan Sun made the world fall in love with Tuscany, invites us back for a delightful new season of friendship, festivity, and food there and throughout Italy.
"Happiness? The color of it must be spring green, impossible to describe until I see a just-hatched lizard sunning on a stone. That color, the glowing green lizard skin, repeats in every new leaf. The regenerative power of nature explodes in every weed, stalk, branch. Working in the mild sun, I feel the green fuse of my body, too. Surges of energy, kaleidoscopic sunlight through the leaves, the soft breeze that makes me want to say the word "zephyr"--this mindless simplicity can be called happiness.
Having spent her summers in Tuscany for the past several years, Frances Mayes relished the opportunity to experience the pleasures of primavera, an Italian spring. A sabbatical from teaching in San Francisco allowed her to return to Cortona--and her beloved house, Bramasole--just as the first green appeared on the rocky hillsides.
Bella Tuscany, a companion volume to Under the Tuscan Sun, is her passionate and lyrical account of her continuing love affair with Italy. Now truly at home there, Mayes writes of her deepening connection to the land, her flourishing friendships with local people, the joys of art, food, and wine, and the rewards and occasional heartbreaks of her villa''s ongoing restoration. It is also a memoir of a season of change, and of renewed possibility. As spring becomes summer she revives Bramasole''s lush gardens, meets the challenges of learning a new language, tours regions from Sicily to the Veneto, and faces transitions in herfamily life.
Filled with recipes from her Tuscan kitchen and written in the sensuous and evocative prose that has become her hallmark, Bella Tuscany is a celebration of the sweet life in Italy.

About the Author

Frances Mayes is author of Under the Tuscan Sun, an Italian memoir; The Discovery of Poetry, a text for readers; and five books of poetry, most recently Ex Voto. A frequent contributor to food and travel publications, she divides her time between Cortona, Italy, and San Francisco, where she is Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. She is currently at work on a novel.

From Our Editors

From the number one best-selling author of Under the Tuscan Sun comes Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy, a continuation of her love affair with Italy. Written in sensuous prose, this memoir covers Frances Mayes' adventures in regions of Italy in and around Tuscany, and delves into the arts of wine-making and Italian cooking. For anyone who loved Mayes' first Tuscan tribute, or who simply wants to explore the beauty of this incredibly rich land, this is a great read.

Editorial Reviews

Critical Acclaim for Frances Mayes and Under the Tuscan Sun:

"Tuscany may have found its own bard in Frances Mayes."
--New York Times

"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

"So enchanting that an armchair traveler will find it hard to resist jumping out of the chair and following in her footsteps."
--Publishers Weekly

"Graceful . . . at once joyful and full of common sense . . . as intimate as a lover''s whisper, honest and true."
--San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

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