Every Day in Tuscany by Frances Mayes
Seasons of an Italian Life

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The simple life is poetically brought to life with all the sights, sounds, smells and tastes experieced throughout the seasons. I loved her description of the pheasants who visit her garden as ‘regally feathered fowl’.
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#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—opnes 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

 

About Frances Mayes

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In addition to her Tuscany memoirs, Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany, Frances Mayes is the author of the travel memoir A Year in the World; the illustrated books In Tuscany and Bringing Tuscany Home; Swan, a novel; The Discovery of Poetry, a text for readers; and five books of poetry. She divides her time between homes in Italy and North Carolina. Visit France Mayes's blog at www.francesmayesbooks.com.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published March 4, 2010 by Broadway Books. 322 pages
Genres: Travel, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Mar 09 2010

If the parade of art, food, elemental landscape and abiding camaraderie gives the reader a case of eye-ache and envy, the author can only be admired for having worked hard to earn the life and for celebrating it with such genuine relish.

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National Post arts

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Reviewed by National Post Staff on Aug 27 2010

Rather than being a journal of her days ...the book is kind of a scrapbook: musings on her life and her childhood in the southern United States, art, recipes, tidbits about fruit trees, wine tips and a small travelogue of areas surrounding Tuscany.

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Independent Weekly

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Reviewed by Sheryl Cornett on Jan 12 2011

But I will note, for armchair travelers and food, home and garden aficionados alike, that the new book offers another house-restoration story...It features more recipes ... that are clearly delineated at the end of each chapter.

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National Post arts

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Reviewed by Karen Krangle on Aug 27 2010

...the title is a little misleading, inasmuch as the book covers only six months in Italy because Mayes and her husband spend half the year in North Carolina. And it must be said that the book at times seems to be an ode to the Renaissance painter Luca Signorelli...

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Reviewed by Christine Zibas on Apr 22 2010

In short, there’s nothing new under this Tuscan sun, but that doesn’t mean this book isn’t worth grabbing up and devouring. It’s a love song to Tuscany, a small glimpse of a layered life that would take a lifetime to understand.

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Book Coasters

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on May 10 2011

The simple life is poetically brought to life with all the sights, sounds, smells and tastes experieced throughout the seasons. I loved her description of the pheasants who visit her garden as ‘regally feathered fowl’.

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