Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 304 p. Contains: Illustrations.
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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
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
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