Frances Mayes, whose enchanting #1 New York Times bestseller Under the Tuscan Sun made the world fall in love with Tuscany, invites us back for a...more
Frances Mayes, whose enchanting #1 New York Times bestseller Under the Tuscan Sun made the world fall in love with Tuscany, invites us back for a delightful new season of friendship, festivity, and food, there and throughout Italy.A companion volume to Under the Tuscan Sun, Bella Tuscany is Frances Mayes's passionate and lyrical account of her continuing love affair with Italy. Now truly at home there, Mayes writes of her deepening connection to the land, her flourishing friendships with local people, the joys of art, food, and wine, and the rewards and occasional heartbreaks of her villa's ongoing restoration. It is also a memoir of a season of change, and of renewed possibility. As spring becomes summer she revives her lush gardens, meets the challenges of learning a new language, tours regions from Sicily to the Veneto, and faces transitions in her family life. Filled with recipes from her Tuscan kitchen and written in the sensuous and evocative prose that has become her hallmark, Bella Tuscany is a celebration of the sweet life in Italy. less
LOVE this book! When I need to escape the fast paced craziness of this world, I pick up "Bella Tuscany." In moments I can feel the heat of the Tuscan sun, taste the freshly harvested olives and the scent of lavender fills me like I'm there...... Thank you Frances Mayes for your passionately beautiful writing!
I love Frances Mayes' enthusiasm for all things Tuscan, perhaps it is because the Italian countryside always looks so warm and inviting that it draws you in?
She is able to bring the people and places to life in this memoir, I enjoyed it a bit more than Under the Tuscan Sun.
This is one of those books you can just open and start reading anywhere and find something thoughtful and interesting. Frances Mayes loves to cook and eat, and in addition to her stories about Italy and home renovations, she includes recipes. How fun is that?