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Under the Tuscan sun : at home in Italy
1996
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Genre
NonFiction
Adventure
Psychology
Cinematization
Topics
Italian culture
Social customs
Italian cooking
Life changes
Summer vacations
Poets
Writers
Chefs
Cooking
Divorced women
Self-discovery
Transformations
Teachers
Building renovation
Tuscan lifestyle
Setting
San Francisco, California - West (U.S.)
California - West (U.S.)
Tuscany, Italy - Europe
Italy - Europe
Time Period
1990s -- 20th century
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  Library Journal Review

Frances Mayes made a name for herself writing about her love affair with Tuscany, where she bought and refurbished an abandoned villa. She tells the full story in Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy (Broadway. 1997. ISBN 0-7679-0038-3. pap. $15); Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy (Broadway. 2000. ISBN 0-7679-0284-X. pap. $15); and In Tuscany (Broadway. 2000. ISBN 0-7679-0535-0. $35). (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Summary
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.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. 1
Bramare: (Archaic) To Yearn Forp. 5
A House and the Land it Takes Two Oxen Two Days to Plowp. 24
Sister Water, Brother Firep. 41
The Wild Orchardp. 63
Whir of the Sunp. 75
(Make Haste Slowly)    Festina Tardep. 90
A Long Table Under the Treesp. 107
Summer Kitchen Notesp. 124
Cortona, Noble Cityp. 138
Riva, Maremma: Into Wildest Tuscanyp. 159
Turning Italianp. 180
Green Oilp. 194
Floating World: A Winter Seasonp. 205
Winter Kitchen Notesp. 220
Rose Walkp. 234
(Always Stone)    Sempre Pietrap. 242
Relics of Summerp. 258
Solleonep. 271
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