Under the Tuscan Sun 2008 Engagement Calendar
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  • Under the Tuscan Sun 2008 Engagement Calendar

Under the Tuscan Sun 2008 Engagement Calendar

by Frances Mayes
     
 

Experience la dolce vita of the Italian countryside with quotations and recipes from Frances Mayes, drawn from her best-selling book, Under the Tuscan Sun. See more details below

Overview

Experience la dolce vita of the Italian countryside with quotations and recipes from Frances Mayes, drawn from her best-selling book, Under the Tuscan Sun.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811858441
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
07/23/2007
Pages:
116
Product dimensions:
7.37(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Read an Excerpt

In 1990, our first summer here, I bought an oversized blank book with Florentine paper on the cover and blue leather binding.  On the first page I wrote ITALY.  The book looked as though it should have immortal poetry in it but I began with lists of wildflowers, lists of projects, new words, sketches of tile in Pompeii.  I described rooms,  trees, bird calls.  I added planting advice, "Plant sunflowers when the moon crosses Libra," although I had no clue myself as to when that might be.  I wrote about the people we met and the food we cooked.  The book became a chronicle of our first four years here.  Today it is stuffed with menus, postcards of paintings, a drawing of a floor plan of an abbey, Italian poems, and diagrams of the garden.  Because it is thick, I still have room in it for a few more summers.  Now the blue book has become Under the Tuscan Sun, a natural outgrowth of my first pleasures here.  Restoring then improving the house, transforming an overgrown jungle into its proper function as a farm for olives and grapes, exploring the layers and layers of Tuscany and Umbria, cooking in a foreign kitchen and discovering the many links between food and the culture--these intense joys frame the deeper pleasure of learning to live another kind of life.  To bury the grape tendril in such a way that it shoots out new growth I recognize easily as a metaphor for the way life must change from time to time if we are to go forward in our thinking.



    


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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