In "Under the Tuscan Sun", Frances Mayes brings a poet's voice, the eye of a seasoned traveler, and the discerning palate of a cook and food writer together to create an enchanting and lyrical book about the life, the traditions, and the cuisine of Tuscany.In "Under the Tuscan Sun", Frances Mayes brings a poet's voice, the eye of a seasoned traveler, and the discerning palate of a cook and food writer together to create an enchanting and lyrical book about the life, the traditions, and the cuisine of Tuscany.Read Less
Anyone who has visited Italy in the Tuscany region would enjoy the story of the restoration of Bramasole the house purchased by two university professors from California who spent their summer breaks in Tuscany.
Oct 11, 2007
This is a wonderful book, it is well written and paints beautiful imagery. It also always puts me in the mood to cook.
Sep 7, 2007
great book, like taking the trip to tuscany yourself. Wonderful ending. Worth the time.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-07-29 Mayes's favorite guide to Northern Italy allots seven pages to the town of Cortona, where she owns a house. But here she finds considerably more to say about it than that, all of it so enchanting that an armchair traveler will find it hard to resist jumping out of the chair and following in her footsteps. The recently divorced author is euphoric about the old house in the Tuscan hills that she and her new lover renovated and now live in during summer vacations and on holidays. A poet, food-and-travel writer, Italophile and chair of the creative writing department at San Francisco State University, Mayes is a fine wordsmith and an exemplary companion whose delight in a brick floor she has just waxed is as contagious as her pleasure in the landscape, architecture and life of the village. Not the least of the charms of her book are the recipes for delicious meals she has made. Above all, her observations about being at home in two very different cultures are sharp and wise. (Oct.)
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