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From the bestselling author whose memoirs Under the Sun and Bella Tuscany have captured the voluptuousness of Italian life comes a lavishly illustrated ode to the joys of Tuscany's people, food, landscapes, and art.  In Tuscany celebrates the abundant pleasures of life in Italy as it is lived at home, at festivals, feasts, restaurants and markets, in the kitchen and on the piazza, in the vineyards, fields, and olive groves.  Combining all-new essays by Frances Mayes and a chapter by her husband, poet Edward Mayes, with more than 200 full-color photos by photographer Bob Krist, each of this book's five sections highlights a signature aspect of Tuscan life:

La Piazza—the locus of Italian village life.  With photgraphs of the shop signs, the outdoor markets, medieval streets, people, their pets and their cars, and snippets of conversations overheard, Mayes reveals the life of the Piazza in her town of Cortona as well as out-of-the-way places such as Volterra, Asciano, Monte San Savino, and Castelmuzio.

La Festa—the celebration.  Essays and photos of feasts and celebrations, such as the Christmas dinner for twenty-seven at a neighbor's house and a donkey race around the church at Montepulciano Stazione, illustrate how the Tuscans celebrate the seasons—their open ways of friendship, their connection to nature, and most of all, their sense of abundance.

Il Campo—the field.  Here Edward Mayes evokes the deep sense of the shift of seasons as he picks olives before he and Frances head off to the olive oil mill and enjoy the first bruscette with new oil.

La Cucina—the kitchen.  An intimate view of the all-important role of the kitchen in Tuscan culture, including photographs of her own kitchen and gardens, menus from great local cooks, the elements of the Tuscan table, dishes with cultural and culinary notes on each, and, of course, delectable recipes.

La Bellezza—the beauty.  From the quality of the light falling on sublime landscapes in different seasons and Tuscan faces in moments of laughter to a silhouette of cypress trees in the early evening and a wild bird perched on a neigbor's head, In Tuscany features views of beauty that reveal the singular splendor of one of the world's best-loved and most artistic regions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780767905350
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 10/28/2000
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 474,068
Product dimensions: 8.29(w) x 10.28(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Frances Mayes is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany, as well as five books of poetry.  Edward Mayes is the author of Works and Days and five other books of poetry.  He is director of the Creative Writing Program at Santa Clara University.  They live in San Francisco and Cortona, Italy.

Bob Krist is the author of Spirit of Place:  The Art of the Traveling Photographer.  His international photography has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, Islands, and many other publications.  A contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler and Popular Photography, he lives in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

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In Tuscany 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This new book of Frances Mayes will delight both current fans and new readers. In addition to her touching and perceptive insights on Italian character, culture and 'la bellezza,' Mrs. Mayes adds sumptious new recipes, short pieces by her author husband, Ed Mayes, and the gorgeous photos of Bob Krist. The photos are a special treat, not only due to their outstanding quality, but because they show us people and places in her books that we've loved but only read about. Mrs. Mayes' Tuscany comes truly alive in all its loveable, quirky magic. A true gift from the heart.
serendipitous17 More than 1 year ago
I've always dreamed of traveling around Tuscany, so I was absolutely fanatic about finding this book about it. This book contains everything from the histories to the landscapes all the way down to its food and people. Everything is compiled in this perfect book of concoctions filled with beautiful pictures all around the place with wonderful recipes to try out from the origins of the culture. This is a Tuscan masterpiece! It's like you're already there!
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expatriat More than 1 year ago
Beautifully presented book that is very readable - I couldn't put it down. Great for the coffee table and would make a wonderful gift for those with a love for Tuscany. Mayes best book so far.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It is like going through snapshots from a friend's vacation. Oh, there is the sink Frances & Ed dug up in Under the Tuscan Sun. Ah, there is the bathroom tile that ended up in the sea in Bella Tuscany. So that is what the kitchen & the majolica from Passignano looks like. I can only wonder if Ed & Placido will plant more grapes or if the apricot tree yields more fruit. I wait in anticipation for book number four.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has been in Tuscany! It will take you back there as soon as you open the book. I would also recommend it to people who dream of going there. You will fall in love instantly! The photos are amazing--the color, detail, this photographer is excellent! You will want to frame the photos. Go out and buy this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful art book, cook book, and travel guide all in one