JACKET NOTES: UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN is one womans enchanting account of her love affair with Italy and the home that changes her life.
Frances Mayes - widely published poet, gourmet cook and travel writer - opens the door on a wondrous new world when she buys and restores an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. She finds faded frescoes beneath the whitewash in the dining room, a vineyard under wildly overgrown brambles - and even a wayward scorpion under her pillow. And from her traditional kitchen and simple garden she creates dozens of delicious seasonal recipes, all included n this book.
In the vibrant local markets and neighboring hill towns, the author explores the nuances of the Italian landscape, history and cuisine. Each adventure yields delightful surprises - the perfect panettone, an unforgettable wine, or painted Etruscan tombs.
Frances Mayess sensuous memoir takes you into the heart of Italy and tells of a renewal, not only of a house, but also of the spirit.
(© Chronicle Books)