In Tuscany by Frances Mayes Paperback Book


Rent In Tuscany

Author: Frances Mayes

Narrator: Edward Mayes

Format: Unabridged-CD

Publisher: Random House

Published: Oct 2000

Genre: Travel - Pictorials (see Also Photography - Subjects & Themes - Regional)

Retail Price: $29.95

Discs: 5


From the bestselling author whose memoirs BUnder the Sun/B and BBella Tuscany/B have captured the voluptuousness of Italian life comes a lavishly illustrated ode to the joys of Tuscany's people, food, landscapes, and art. BIn Tuscany/B 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:brLa 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.brLa 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.brIl 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.brLa 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.brLa 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.

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BookLender review by Maggie on 2008-01-29 08:17:37

This is a great example of an author who cannot read. She lacks inflection and enthusiasm in the words she has written. When she says Enjoy. Enjoy. Enjoy. it sounds painfully boring and insincere. This has got to be better in hardback - but if you're brave, stick with it and catch a glimpse of the real beauty of Tuscany.