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In Tuscany Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 31, 2000
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"What makes the people so friendly, no, not just friendly, so genuinely kind and generous?" Mayes asks an Italian friend, then turns her intense attention to answer the question herself. Her answers range from baci (kisses), an intimate expression that "keeps alive the joy we all are born with," to la piazza, the navel of Italy's intense sense of community, to a deep love affair with food and seasonal delights. (Mayes shares the latter and once again gives recipes from the traditional to the idiosyncratic while her poet-husband Edward treats us to a description of the olive harvest). Then there is the Tuscans' territorial attachment to the land. Place, Mayes writes, makes you who you are and it is by reading the landscape that you find the story of how the people lived. Like a guidebook written by a good friend who reveals to you all the secret places they've found, Mayes leads us from out-of-the-way towns to great frescoes to tiny restaurants with exquisite delicacies (and even gives you their addresses). Turn down any one of Mayes's streets and there is something to contemplate.
In the distance you see villages crowning a hill or protectively stacked against a slope. Every one pulls me toward its altarpiece, special triptych, arched gate, gothic window, or fountain. Every one has its opinionated, eccentric, friendly, and intrinsic characters who make each place deeply itself.
Once again, Mayes presents Tuscany as an irresistible place where the pleasures are unexpected, sumptuous, and downright enviable. Immersing yourself in In Tuscany is the next best thing to being invited home to Bramasole. --Lesley Reed --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Frances writes that Tuscany is a world; Italy is a universe. She has spent a notable amount of time exploring Tuscany in order to experience more of the wonder and pleasure it beholds. Each chapter is organized and presented in a clear manner. The author's bounty of information flows in a pleasurable reading style making it easy to read and enjoy; the author's passion shines through in every word.
Here are the chapters and the subjects they deliver:
Baci (Kisses) - An introduction of sorts La Piazza (Piazza) - Where everyone enjoys life La Festa (Celebration) - Elaborate celebrations and how history plays a part Il Campo (Field) - The countryside and vineyards La Cucinal (Kitchen) - Menu and cooking traditions La Belleza (Beauty) - The beauty and light of Tuscany
It's a joy to read and the pictures a pleasure to look at.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased awhile back as a gift for a friend prior to her trip to Italy. Wowed by stunning images within! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Debra Farren
I wanted this book primarily as a coffee table browsing piece and it serves its purpose for that function. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Susan
I love Frances Mayes books but the seller did not say in his "blurb" that this book had fallen away from the spine. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Katharine
Not as great as other reviews had said. If it wasn't so much trouble, I would return it.Published 14 months ago by So Cal Lady