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Summer Reading: Under The Tuscan Sun


Under The Tuscan Sun is a wonderfully written book that beautifully illustrates author Frances Mayes' love for Tuscany. In it she describes the experiences, mishaps, and adventures that occur when she purchases and renovates a house in Italy. Much of the prose is full of such detailed and lush food descriptions that I wanted to buy a plane ticket to Tuscany. Included are recipes to many authentic, Italian dishes, such as chicken with basil and a lemon/peach tart with mascarpone. The book is a bit like going on an Italian vacation and it's not much like the movie, so if you haven't read it check it out.

Also it's worth noting that Mayes currently produces an artisan olive oil made from hand-picked olives from her villa and named for her house Bramasole.

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mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 8 years
you ladies have inspired me to start a reading wish list!
Tamma1387 Tamma1387 8 years
love the movie. makes me want to pack up and move away today to italy
LuvStoned LuvStoned 8 years
Yummy, this is definitely something I want on my registry!
ALSW ALSW 8 years
Yum, authentic Italian...
chancleta chancleta 8 years
is it expensive?
chancleta chancleta 8 years
omg i want to try her olive oil!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
sophlb - what a funny story!!!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
yes, my mom said the movie was NOTHING like the book. i think i should give the book a whirl, although i kind of liked the movie.
tee0206 tee0206 8 years
You know, I read parts of this book a while back, and the most memorable part was the description about figs. Something about how figs are full of dead, wingless, male wasps.
laurafox laurafox 8 years
I ADORE the movie! :-)
sophlb sophlb 8 years
My mother read this book a few years ago, when it first came out...in the middle of reading it she decided she needed to go to Italy & so the book is full of scribbling about flight times, prices, etc. Long story short, she now owns a house in the same town (Cortona) and is about to buy a second. So really, it's a very expensive book...
alillee alillee 8 years
i thought the movie was pretty good. i love diane lane.
msshellokitty msshellokitty 8 years
I like the movie.I'll check out the book.
Advah Advah 8 years
Jup it's a movie, and I found it really boring and far from my expectations. The book sounds totally different though, so I'll def check it out!
saffy1227 saffy1227 8 years
is that a movie, because i think ihave seen it.
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