The Wisdom of Tuscany: Simplicity, Security & the Good Life - Making the Tuscan Lifestyle Your Own

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By the author of the international bestseller The Hills of Tuscany and the New York Times Notable Book A Vineyard in Tuscany: making the Tuscan life-style your own.
This sun-drenched land has become synonymous with the ideal life. But it didn’t happen by chance. Since the Etruscans, the independence-loving Tuscans have treated their breathtaking countryside with sagacious respect and built hamlets and hill towns in which they perfected a ...

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Overview

By the author of the international bestseller The Hills of Tuscany and the New York Times Notable Book A Vineyard in Tuscany: making the Tuscan life-style your own.
This sun-drenched land has become synonymous with the ideal life. But it didn’t happen by chance. Since the Etruscans, the independence-loving Tuscans have treated their breathtaking countryside with sagacious respect and built hamlets and hill towns in which they perfected a culture of simplicity, beauty, neighborliness, good food, and love of daily life.
Ferenc Máté has lived in Tuscany for twenty years. Through personal experience and anecdotal history he explores the sources of this idyllic existence, which provides continuous economic stability, physical and emotional security, and a fortifying sense of belonging. From their organic gardens to their mouthwatering cuisine, from high-quality, craftsmen-made products and family-run businesses, to the joys centered in human contact and community, Tuscans live a healthy, all-senses-satisfying, emotionally rich life. Máté—engaging, funny, and insightful—nudges us all to live like Tuscans. With our frantic world so storm-tossed and rudderless, this might just be the book for our times.

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Ferenc Máté must be a favorite among real estate agents in Tuscany. There can be little doubt that the author of The Hills of Tuscany and A Vineyard in Tuscany has attracted numerous readers to this idyllic region. In his latest book, this longtime resident redoubles the pull of that magnet with a heartening personal tour through the rolling Tuscan hills. Máté leaves nary a regional stone unturned, describing local history, folkways, cuisine, gardens, crafts, economy, and more. The Wisdom of Tuscany carries the scent of luscious olives and leisurely strolls through vineyards.
The Salt Lake Tribune
“It’s possible to learn from distant travels and put those lessons to use at home. [Máté] uses the people of Tuscany as examples of folks who have learned the art of living within the community…possessing creative practicality, down-home humor and relentless optimism.”
Truby Chiaviello - Primo
“One of the best books on Italy this year—I recommend The Wisdom of Tuscany to all who celebrate Italy.”
San Francisco Book Review
“Through anecdotes and some absolutely mouth-watering recipes, Máté celebrates the warmth and simplicity of his adopted homeland...The Wisdom of Tuscany celebrated by Máté appeals to me on several levels, as I’m sure it will appeal to many of you.”
Martha Stewart Living Radio
“A book that will delight the senses and rekindle anyone’s sense of adventure. Máté tells us how to live the good life, casting off the impersonal and rededicating ourselves to the deeply personal. A lovely thought for these times.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780920256657
  • Publisher: Albatross
  • Publication date: 11/8/2009
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,503,303
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ferenc Máté is the author of 15 books translated into 12 languages, including New York Times Notable Book A Vineyard in Tuscany and the Dugger/Nello historical sea adventure fiction series. He lives in a 13-century friary with his family tending vines and olives in Tuscany. Visit www.ferencmate.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Political misstep

    Too bad the author felt it necessary to inject partisan politics into an otherwise enjoyable book. As a result, I will not be reading his other books.

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  • Posted February 1, 2010

    A Disappointment

    I read, love and reccomend all of Mate's books and was really looking forward to this one. My disappointment is with Mate getting political.

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