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About the Book
In this sequel to her "New York Times" bestsellers "Under the Tuscan Sun" and"Bella Tuscany," Mayes lyrically chronicles her continuing, two decades-longlove affair with Tuscany's people, art, cuisine, and lifestyle.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND A TIMELESS CLASSIC FROM THE AUTHOR OF UNDER MAGNOLIA
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.
Now with an excerpt from Frances Mayes's latest southern memoir, Under Magnolia
Review Quotes #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK
"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
"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
"Mayes [has] perfect vision...I do not doubt that centuries from now, whoever lives in Bramasole will one day uncover bits of pottery used at Mayes's 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
"Irresistible...a sensuous book for a sensuous countryside."--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"[A] parade of art, food, elemental landscape and abiding camaraderie...stir[s] the reader's gastric juices with luscious tales...Food is the pivot around which her days swing, and Mayes serves it forth with brio and dash-and recipes."--Kirkus Reviews
"Mayes's affectionate and warm memoir vividly celebrates the lush abundance and charm of daily life in the Italian countryside."--Publisher's Weekly
"The woman who singlehandedly started the travel-memoir craze returns with more on her life in Tuscany...With a four-city tour; can't miss."--Library Journal
"We're right there with Mayes, fighting every urge to jump straight into these sun-soaked and citrus-scented pages...Mayes is generous with her thoughts, and her evocative writing simply oozes charm and warmth. In these times, this quick read is a thoroughly enjoyable way to visit Italy without once considering the heartbreaking dollar-to-euro conversion rate."--Booklist
About the Author Frances Mayes
is the author of 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. Other international bestsellers include: Bella Tuscany, Everyday in Tuscany, A Year in the World,
and three illustrated books: In Tuscany, Bringing Tuscany Home,
and The Tuscan Sun Cookbook
. She is also the author of two novels, Swan
and Women in Sunlight.
She has written six books of poetry and The Discovery of Poetry.
The most recent books are See You in the Piazza
and Always Italy.
Her books have been translated into more than fifty languages.