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Under the Tuscan Sun

At Home in Italy
Mayes, Frances (Book - 1997 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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A chronicle of the author's first four years in Italy, describing her purchase and restoration of an abandoned villa in the Tuscan countryside, her transformation of the overgrown gardens, and her discovery of the many links between the food and culture of the region.
Authors: Mayes, Frances
Title: Under the Tuscan sun
at home in Italy
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 1997
Edition: 1st Broadway Books trade pbk. ed
Characteristics: x, 291 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Frances Mayes
Notes: Excerpts from this book appeared in the New York Times, Ploughshares, and House beautiful
Originally published: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 1996
Contents: Preface
Bramare: (archaic) to yearn for
A house and the land it takes two oxen two days to plow
Sister water, brother fire
The wild orchard
Whir of the sun
Festina Tarde (make haste slowly)
A long table under the trees
Summer kitchen notes
Cortona, noble city
Rive, Maremma: into wildest Tuscany
Turning Italian
Green oil
Floating world: a Winter season
Winter kitchen notes
Rose walk
Sempre pietra (always stone)
Relics of Summer
Solleone
Summary: A chronicle of the author's first four years in Italy, describing her purchase and restoration of an abandoned villa in the Tuscan countryside, her transformation of the overgrown gardens, and her discovery of the many links between the food and culture of the region.
ISBN: 9780767900386
0767900383
Branch Call Number: 945.5 M469u 1997
Subject Headings: Tuscany (Italy) Social life and customs Tuscany (Italy) Description and travel Cooking, Italian Mayes, Frances
Topical Term: Cooking, Italian
LCCN: 97020218
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A chronicle of the author's first four years in Italy, describing her purchase and restoration of an abandoned villa in the Tuscan countryside, her transformation of the overgrown gardens, and her discovery of the many links between the food and culture of the region.


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Aug 06, 2012
  • alistraka rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Nothing, absolutely NOTHING like the movie - which was rather disappointing since the movie had a fun plot and this book has practically NO plot whatsoever. Well-written, nice to read as fantasy-travel escapism, but there's not much story here. It's more like a journal, as a personal reviewer said.

Sep 14, 2011
  • gigglespisano rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I sooo loved this great read and highly recommend it. it was like I was in her place and would actually want to visit the places she wrote about..no kidding!

Jul 24, 2011
  • Superv rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I read the book after I'd seen the movie, and actually for once, thought the movie did a better job. This book is best read as a travel journal than a novel, with a lot of recipes for the reader to follow.

Apr 10, 2011
  • ehbooklover rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I really wanted to like this book. The descriptions of the people, scenery, and food of Italy were enough to keep me reading the book but overall I found the author pretentious and condescending. A disappointing read.

Nov 20, 2010
  • snowish rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Wide-eyed delight about all things Italian. Too many pieces about cooking; reads like a cookbook at times. I tried hard but couldn't finish this book.

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