Twenty years ago, Frances Mayes – widely published poet, gourmet cook and travel writer – introduced readers to a wondrous new world when she bought and restored an abandoned villa called Bramasole in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. With glorious descriptions of the vibrant local markets, food, wine and the Italian landscape, Under the Tuscan Sun inspired generations to embark on their own journeys – whether that be flying to a foreign country in search of themselves, savouring one of the book’s dozens of delicious seasonal recipes, or simply being transported by Mayes’ signature evocative, sensory language. Now, with a new afterword from the Bard of Tuscany herself, the 20th anniversary edition of this timeless classic and international bestseller brings us up-to-date with the book’s most beloved characters.
Frances does a terrific job of illuminating a beautiful story with an even more beautiful backdrop. She tells us her personal story as her life changes and she learns this new culture. It is her personal account of how she settles into the Italian countryside. This book revels in her fond memory and nostalgia as she presents all the sights and sounds and even every smell of her life in Tuscany. This book reads as though a poetic journal and her account of her life while there. I have to say though, If you haven’t read the book nor seen the movie, please read the book first as the movie changes much. I felt that in her actual account and not movie account, I identified with her more and felt her to be a stronger person. (The movie totally changes everything). This book had me curling up and reading it at great lengths just to savor the life she is living. This edition was beautiful and i enjoyed the afterword, plus all the recipes. I must try those recipes! This is a 5 star read from me! Thank you BFB’s for sending me this in exchange for my honest review.