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 in this book. In the vibrant local markets and
neighbouring 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. Doing for Tuscany what Peter Mayle
did for Provence, Mayes writes about the tastes and pleasures of a
foreign country with gusto and passion. A celebration of the
extraordinary quality of life in Tuscany, UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN is a
feast for all the senses.