Under the Tuscan Sun

Under the Tuscan Sun

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Frances Mayes—widely published poet, gourmet cook, and travel writer—opens the door to a wondrous new world when she buys and restores an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. In evocative language, she brings the reader along as she discovers the beauty and simplicity of life in Italy. Mayes also creates dozens of delicious seasonal recipes from her traditional kitchen and simple garden, all of which she includes in the book. Doing for Tuscany what M.F.K. Fisher and Peter Mayle did for Provence, Mayes writes about the tastes and pleasures of a foreign country with gusto and passion. From the Trade Paperback edition.show more

Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 125 x 140 x 25mm | 199.58g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Abridged
  • abridged edition
  • 0739322974
  • 9780739322970
  • 1,468,149

About Frances Mayes

Frances Mayes is the author of four books about Tuscany. The now-classic Under the Tuscan Sun–which was a New York Times bestseller for more than two and a half years and became a Touchstone movie starring Diane Lane–was followed by Bella Tuscany and two illustrated books, In Tuscany and Bringing Tuscany Home. Mayes is also the author of the novel, Swan, six books of poetry, most recently Ex Voto, and The Discovery of Poetry. A frequent contributor to food and travel publications, she divides her time between North Carolina and Cortona, Italy.show more

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A New York Times Notable Book of 1997 "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 "Irresistible...a sensous book for a sensous countryside." --Minneapolis Star-Tribune “An intense celebration of what [Mayes] calls ‘the voluptuousness of Italian life’ . . . appealing and very vivid . . . [The] book seems like the kind of thing you’d tuck into a picnic basket on an August day . . . or better yet, keep handy on the bedside table in the depths of January.” —New York Times Book Review "Armchair travel at its most enticing." --Booklist “Mayes [has] perfect vision. . . . I do not doubt that centuries form now, whoever lives in Bramasole will one day uncover bits of pottery used at Mayes’ table. She has, by the sweat of her brow and the strength of her vision, become a layer in the history of this place.” --Los Angeles Times From the Trade Paperback edition.show more

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276,000 ratings
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4 33% (91,365)
3 27% (73,748)
2 8% (22,633)
1 4% (11,888)

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I was so disappointed when I listened to an except of this audio book, the story of the film seems is so tantalisingly beautiful that I couldn't wait to purchase it as an audio book for my iPhone.. I really feel that someone else should have been employed to narrate this book! This has got to be the worst case of narration in all of my time listening to audio books, I definitely wouldn't recommend this to anyone who has a good 'ear' and enjoys the listening experience of audio books. Alex, Melbourne, Australiashow more
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