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.