Under The Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy

Hardcover | January 31, 1997

byFrances Mayes

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Buying a villa in the spectacular Italian countryside is a wonderful fantasy - even if 17 rooms and a garden in need of immediate loving care are included in the asking price. Frances Mayes - gourmet cook, widely published travel writer, and poet - changed her life by doing just that. Sprinkled liberally with delicious recipes for inspired Italian dishes, amusing anecdotes about the risks of being your own contractor, and a savvy traveler's reminiscences, Under the Tuscan Sun is Mayes's enchanting account of her love affair with Tuscany: of scouring the neighborhood for the perfect panettone and the perfect plumber; of mornings spent cultivating her garden, and afternoons spent enjoying its fruits in leisurely lunches on the terrace; of jaunts through the hill towns in search of renowned wines; and the renewal not only of a house, but also of the spirit. An unusual memoir that combines the appeal of M. F.K. Fisher, Peter Mayle, and Martha Stewart, Under the Tuscan Sun is a feast for the senses.

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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...

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Buying a villa in the spectacular Italian countryside is a wonderful fantasy - even if 17 rooms and a garden in need of immediate loving care are included in the asking price. Frances Mayes - gourmet cook, widely published travel writer, and poet - changed her life by doing just that. Sprinkled liberally with delicious recipes fo...

Frances Mayes is a Georgian who now lives in Cortona, Italy, and San Francisco, California. She has written five books of poetry and is chair of the creative writing department at San Francisco State University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.38 × 5.88 × 1.13 inPublished:January 31, 1997Publisher:Chronicle Books

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Light and Leisurely One can feel the Tuscan atmosphere such is the realistic writing of the author. A light and leisurely read for both of the sexes.
Date published: 2006-06-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tuscan Sunset? After being a huge Peter Mayle fan and feeling as though reading each passage transported me to Provence, I was so excited to see a book on Tuscany, a place I'd dreamed of going. For the most part, this was a good book and gave some insight into the day to day life of vacationing at a villa (or in this case stone farmhouse) in Tuscany. What I found very tiring about this book was the detail discussed on the home renovations. I even checked the bibliography for a consultation with Bob Vila or This Old House. While it is interesting to read about the transformations of a run down, dilapidated farmhous into a dream vacation home, having to read all the technical details about wiring, etc. is a bit monotonous. Anyways, I am looking forward to reading more about Tuscany and what to expect when I make my trip to the land of la dolce vita...
Date published: 2001-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Under the Tuscan Sun O for La Dolce Vita! Hot suns and cool stone buildings. Magnificent views of noble Tuscan hills, softened with olive groves and vineyards. Add to this the incomparable Tuscan cuisine. Experience all this through the pen of Frances Mayes. Relive her quest to buy and completely renovate a centuries-old villa. In this timeless land, Frances becomes intimately connected to past civilizations — the very trees of the olive groves can be a century old, the churches medieval, the roads and walking paths Roman and the foundations of the walls Etruscan, pre-dating the Roman period. However, it is through food that Frances achieves her affinity with all things Tuscan. Here, one's daily labours are bestowed with a dignity so foreign to our culture. Read this book and find the good life.
Date published: 1999-09-20

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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