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Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy
Under the Tuscan Sun At Home in Italy
Author: Frances Mayes
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 sensuous and evocative language, she brings the reader along as she discovers the beauty and simplicity of life in Italy. An accomplished cook an...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780767900386
ISBN-10: 0767900383
Publication Date: 9/1/1997
Pages: 280
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  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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3.4 stars, based on 486 ratings
Publisher: Broadway Books/Bantam/Doubleday/Dell Pub Group
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy on + 252 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
I had mixed feelings about this book. Clearly, Frances Mayes is a talented writer. She has an amazing ability to portray her travel experiences with poetic narrative, a talent not all writers possess. As much as I enjoyed her writing style, however, I found myself skimming through much of this book, particularly where food was the main focus, perhaps due to the fact that I do not cook much. Her descriptions of the life and food of Tuscany did not make me yearn to cook, but it did make me hunger for Italian food and to visit the country someday. I did thoroughly enjoy reading of the restoration mishaps, as I have had some experience with do-it-yourself projects gone awry myself! If you enjoy books about travel and cooking, you may enjoy this book. I highly recommend the movie starring Diane Lane, loved it!
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Helpful Score: 6
This fascinating story gives you insight into Italy and its countryside, plus some excellent recipes from the area.
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Helpful Score: 5
I absolutely loved this book and have another copy on my keeper shelf! I think this is a must-read for anyone who loves travelogues or Italy. Just be warned...reading this book will make you hungry for food you can't find easily in this country!
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Helpful Score: 5
This book was delightful to me. I am interested in history, gardening, cooking, and fixing old houses, and Frances Mayes weaves all these together in this story of her home in Tuscany. Almost like going on vacation.
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Helpful Score: 4
Lots of fun to read--you feel like you are in Italy!
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Wonderful memoir of author's adventures in restoring house in Tuscany. Great insight into the Italian way of life. Much better than the movie!
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Book was nicely written, but I grew bored of the long descriptions of food and cooking. Most interesting parts were when she wrote about Italy itself and the towns they traveled to.
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This book not only gives and accurate description of the Italian country side but has great recipes.


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