Under the Tuscan Sun

Under the Tuscan Sun : At Home in Italy

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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 159 x 216 x 30.48mm | 499g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0811808424
  • 9780811808422
  • 427,501

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A romantic memoir of buying, renovating and settling into a villa near Cortona, Italy. New York Times Book Review
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About Frances Mayes

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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