Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy
Frances Mayes, whose enchanting international bestseller UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN made the world fall in love with Tuscany, invites us back for a delightful new season of friendship, festivity and food. Having spent her summers in Tuscany for the past several years, Frances Mayes relished the opportunity to experience the pleasures of PRIMAVERA, an Italian spring. A sabbatical from teaching in San Francisco allowed her to return to Cortona-- and her beloved house, Bramasole-- just as the first green appeared on the rocky hillsides. BELLA TUSCANY is a passionate and lyrical account of her continuing love affair with Italy. Now truly at home there, Mayes writes of her deepening connection to the land, her flourishing friendships with local people and the joys of art, food and wine. It is also a memoir of a season of change, and of renewed possibility. As spring becomes summer she revives Bramasole's lush gardens, meets the challenges of learning a new language, tours regions from Sicily to the Veneto and faces transitions in her family life. Spiced with recipes from Mayes' Tuscan kitchen and written in the sensuous and evocative prose that has become her hallmark, BELLA TUSCANY is a celebration of the sweet life in Italy. Praise for UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN 'As dreamily indulgent as a long, long Italian lunch on the Tuscan hillside...' THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, Sydney 'For anyone who loves Italy and its food, this book, with its scatter of recipes, is an affirmation.' THE WEST AUSTRALIAN 'Oozes with the richness and flavour of your most memorable Italian meal.' AUSTRALIAN GOOD TASTE magazine
Author of the international and New York Times bestsellers Under the Tuscan Sun, Bella Tuscany and In Tuscany, Frances Mayes has also written five books of poetry and a reader’s guide, The Discovery of Poetry. She edited Best American Travel Writing, 2002. A native of Georgia, she now lives in California and Italy with her husband, the poet Edward Mayes.