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From the bestselling author whose memoirs Under the Sun and Bella Tuscany have captured the voluptuousness of Italian life comes a lavishly illustrated ode to the joys of Tuscany's people, food, landscapes, and art. In Tuscany celebrates the abundant pleasures of life in Italy as it is lived at home, at festivals, feasts, restaurants and markets, in the kitchen and on the From the bestselling author whose memoirs Under the Sun and Bella Tuscany have captured the voluptuousness of Italian life comes a lavishly illustrated ode to the joys of Tuscany's people, food, landscapes, and art. In Tuscany celebrates the abundant pleasures of life in Italy as it is lived at home, at festivals, feasts, restaurants and markets, in the kitchen and on the piazza, in the vineyards, fields, and olive groves. Combining all-new essays by Frances Mayes and a chapter by her husband, poet Edward Mayes, with more than 200 full-color photos by photographer Bob Krist, each of this book's five sections highlights a signature aspect of Tuscan life: La Piazza--the locus of Italian village life. With photgraphs of the shop signs, the outdoor markets, medieval streets, people, their pets and their cars, and snippets of conversations overheard, Mayes reveals the life of the Piazza in her town of Cortona as well as out-of-the-way places such as Volterra, Asciano, Monte San Savino, and Castelmuzio. La Festa--the celebration. Essays and photos of feasts and celebrations, such as the Christmas dinner for twenty-seven at a neighbor's house and a donkey race around the church at Montepulciano Stazione, illustrate how the Tuscans celebrate the seasons--their open ways of friendship, their connection to nature, and most of all, their sense of abundance. Il Campo--the field. Here Edward Mayes evokes the deep sense of the shift of seasons as he picks olives before he and Frances head off to the olive oil mill and enjoy the first bruscette with new oil. La Cucina--the kitchen. An intimate view of the all-important role of the kitchen in Tuscan culture, including photographs of her own kitchen and gardens, menus from great local cooks, the elements of the Tuscan table, dishes with cultural and culinary notes on each, and, of course, delectable recipes. La Bellezza--the beauty. From the quality of the light falling on sublime landscapes in different seasons and Tuscan faces in moments of laughter to a silhouette of cypress trees in the early evening and a wild bird perched on a neigbor's head, In Tuscany features views of beauty that reveal the singular splendor of one of the world's best-loved and most artistic regions.


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From the bestselling author whose memoirs Under the Sun and Bella Tuscany have captured the voluptuousness of Italian life comes a lavishly illustrated ode to the joys of Tuscany's people, food, landscapes, and art. In Tuscany celebrates the abundant pleasures of life in Italy as it is lived at home, at festivals, feasts, restaurants and markets, in the kitchen and on the From the bestselling author whose memoirs Under the Sun and Bella Tuscany have captured the voluptuousness of Italian life comes a lavishly illustrated ode to the joys of Tuscany's people, food, landscapes, and art. In Tuscany celebrates the abundant pleasures of life in Italy as it is lived at home, at festivals, feasts, restaurants and markets, in the kitchen and on the piazza, in the vineyards, fields, and olive groves. Combining all-new essays by Frances Mayes and a chapter by her husband, poet Edward Mayes, with more than 200 full-color photos by photographer Bob Krist, each of this book's five sections highlights a signature aspect of Tuscan life: La Piazza--the locus of Italian village life. With photgraphs of the shop signs, the outdoor markets, medieval streets, people, their pets and their cars, and snippets of conversations overheard, Mayes reveals the life of the Piazza in her town of Cortona as well as out-of-the-way places such as Volterra, Asciano, Monte San Savino, and Castelmuzio. La Festa--the celebration. Essays and photos of feasts and celebrations, such as the Christmas dinner for twenty-seven at a neighbor's house and a donkey race around the church at Montepulciano Stazione, illustrate how the Tuscans celebrate the seasons--their open ways of friendship, their connection to nature, and most of all, their sense of abundance. Il Campo--the field. Here Edward Mayes evokes the deep sense of the shift of seasons as he picks olives before he and Frances head off to the olive oil mill and enjoy the first bruscette with new oil. La Cucina--the kitchen. An intimate view of the all-important role of the kitchen in Tuscan culture, including photographs of her own kitchen and gardens, menus from great local cooks, the elements of the Tuscan table, dishes with cultural and culinary notes on each, and, of course, delectable recipes. La Bellezza--the beauty. From the quality of the light falling on sublime landscapes in different seasons and Tuscan faces in moments of laughter to a silhouette of cypress trees in the early evening and a wild bird perched on a neigbor's head, In Tuscany features views of beauty that reveal the singular splendor of one of the world's best-loved and most artistic regions.

30 review for In Tuscany

  1. 4 out of 5

    Garfield

    Though I could already visualize Tuscany through Frances Mayes written words, the book is definitely frosting on the cake. Now that I took it down from the shelf to add to my list here ,I will once again immerse myself in the pages and return to Tuscany.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    this is more of a travel guide book with beautiful photographs capturing the light and landscape of Tuscany. Not quite a coffee-table book and prettier than a standard travel guide, it falls between. Worth buying if you plan a visit or have visited and want a memento...but not at full price.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    When this book was published, I went to a book signing by the author and added a copy to my bookshelf. And, there it set for the next 19 years. In my campaign to finally get to some of those unread books I finally picked it up. While I found some of Mayes' comments informative about life in Tuscany I found much of the book forced. This is more of a coffee table publication than literary, many of the photos have a cloudy/hazy filter quality that I'm not especially fond of. I like sharp and clear When this book was published, I went to a book signing by the author and added a copy to my bookshelf. And, there it set for the next 19 years. In my campaign to finally get to some of those unread books I finally picked it up. While I found some of Mayes' comments informative about life in Tuscany I found much of the book forced. This is more of a coffee table publication than literary, many of the photos have a cloudy/hazy filter quality that I'm not especially fond of. I like sharp and clear unless the haze is natural, not forced.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    When we can't travel in reality, a well-written book takes us there in mind and spirit. I'm a fan of Frances Mayes's Under the Tuscan Sun and much enjoyed returning to Tuscany and spending some delightful hours exploring the piazzas, celebrations, family meals, churches, statues, mushrooms, olives, flowers...everything that makes Tuscany a beautiful, even sacred place to live. The only regret is that the audio can't show me the photos or recipes, so I must find a copy at the library.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    I will forever be a Frances Mayes fan. I love listening to her descriptives of foods, crops and the landscapes of Tuscany.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Schibley

    Art, people, food, landscape and good writing in Tuscany, Italy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    3.5-3.75 Wonderfully evocative and I love the descriptions!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

    ahhh beautiful writing, delightful recipes and magnificent photography

  9. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I think this is one of my favorite Frances Mayes books. The photography is stunning and the food looks amazing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    If you have ever been to Tuscany you'll love this book. If you haven't you'll want to go.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    More from the author of Under the Tuscan Sun. This volume contains the author's thoughts as well as recipes, and lots of photos including some of her house.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tian

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful place

  13. 5 out of 5

    Skeptical

    Good

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dottie

    First read this while in Belgie -- somewhere around 2001 maybe? Picked it up on a whim recently and read it right through again -- serndipitously encountering once again one of my favorite quotes as though for the first time! Mayes Tuscany talk speaks to me -- maybe because I naturally lean to the color palette encountered in her beloved Tuscan countryside and homes. Photography of amazing resonance. Recipes which make one's mouth water and her obvious love of her adopted city and country and First read this while in Belgie -- somewhere around 2001 maybe? Picked it up on a whim recently and read it right through again -- serndipitously encountering once again one of my favorite quotes as though for the first time! Mayes Tuscany talk speaks to me -- maybe because I naturally lean to the color palette encountered in her beloved Tuscan countryside and homes. Photography of amazing resonance. Recipes which make one's mouth water and her obvious love of her adopted city and country and the people -- what else could one ask?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    Another book in the style of ' Bringing Tuscany Home ' so my comments are the same for both. Her books are a strange amalgamation of subjects. They obviously confuse the Dewey system used by libraries in that this book and the one above, are in two different categories although almost identical in subject matters. She's also in a third category in the food section. More a book to read, the recipes are almost incidental.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    This is a book for lovers of travel and Italian life. Based on Tuscany and villages around Cortona, where Frances Mayes and her husband have restored a house - Bramasole - (re her previous books "Under the Tuscan Sun" and "Bella Tuscany") this book focuses on the important aspects of Italian life - the Piazza - the Fiesta - the fields - the food. It isn't a recipe book but does contain some. The photography is just beautiful. A real "coffee table" book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This was a super quick read for food lovers and/or lovers of Italian culture. Having spent some time in Tuscany eating our way from village to village I really enjoyed all of the food descriptions. It is nice that Mayes explores more than just the food though and talks about the people and the Tuscan attitude. It felt like I had escaped back to the rolling hillside and sunny days of my favorite places in Tuscany while I read this.

  18. 4 out of 5

    K.M. Weiland

    This is a different take on Frances Mayes's always intoxicating view of Tuscany. I enjoyed getting to see photos of the places she's described in her previous books, although, as other reviewers have mentioned, I would have preferred less artistic blurriness and more detail. Still, this is yet another gorgeous book, full of gorgeous prose, celebrating a most gorgeous place. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bloomin’ChickJo

    I "read" this book via the audio version and just did not like it. It was almost like listening to someone read from a travel guide that's too full of details. I usually love her books so perhaps reading it would have garnered a different reaction on my part. Very disappointed.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    I really like Frances Mayes' books. They transport me to a place I love. I can relate to her and her stories very well. I loved this book because of the stories, pictures, recipes. It has everything rolled up in one.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Let's one look at another culture and an American can blend into that culture. Plus it had recipes to be made. This book is a travelog and makes one want to go to Tuscany and spend more time than usual. This book a keeper.

  22. 5 out of 5

    FarmDotr

    I cheated. I listened to the Author and her husband read it to me while I was driving to work. Now I want to travel to Italy. I want to see and experience a piazza, center of town or the universe it seems.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    Beautiful photography paired with excellent narrative equals a very enjoyable read. What a great find for $2 at our library's used book sale. Oh, and don't read the recipes if you're hungry...you have been duly warned!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    David

    Almost a travel guide, I'm not sure why this book was written. It might as well be a journal entry of a foreigner in Italy. I'm of Italian ancestry--and so I want to like this. But, the whole thing is so foreign to me, that I can't relate. Perhaps I need to get to Tuscany, and then re-read?

  25. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Book of beautiful Tuscan pictures.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ellen knoud

    Anything by this author is a glimpse into life in Italy. Beautifully written as always,open the book and you are transported.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Susan Springer

    From "Under the Tuscan Sun" author, this beautiful book lavishly presents the people, food, landscapes, and art of Tuscany. The photos are impressive.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shonna Froebel

    Because it is read by the author, who has a strong Southern accent, I found it weird at first.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    One of my favorite books! Very vivid descriptions... it's like you're traveling with her and you will want to go to all of the places she describes!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Karyn

    BEAUTIFUL!

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