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In Tuscany
In Tuscany by Frances Mayes 0767905350 9780767905350
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In Tuscany by Frances Mayes

From the bestselling author whose memoirsUnder the SunandBella Tuscanyhave captured the voluptuousness of Italian life comes a lavishly illustrated ode to the joys of Tuscanys people, food, landscapes, and art.In Tuscanycelebrates 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 books five sections highlights a signature aspect of Tuscan life: La 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. La Festa--the celebration.Essays and photos of feasts and celebrations, such as the Christmas dinner for twenty-seven at a neighbors 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. Il 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. La 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. La 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 neigbors head,In Tuscanyfeatures views of beauty that reveal the singular splendor of one of the worlds best-loved and most artistic regions.

Author: Frances Mayes

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 272

Publisher: Broadway Books

Publication Date: 2000-10-31

Our Price: $4.14

ISBN: 0767905350

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