In this luscious coffee table book, fans of the memoirs UNDER THE
TUSCAN SUN and BELLA TUSCANY may have a dream come true.
After reading about the Tuscan farmhouse renovated by Frances and
Edward Mayes and the colorful village of Cortona near their summer
home, as well as salivating over descriptions of sun-ripened
tomatoes or dusky porcini served with mozzarella, fresh herbs, and
crusty loaves of fresh bread, we can now transport ourselves even
more fully into the picturesque landscape of Tuscany.
IN TUSCANY is divided into distinct sections, each containing
photographs, essays and anecdotes, and original recipes, all
serving to bring the beauty and singularity of Tuscany into sharp
La Piazza concentrates on the heart of the village, where every day
outdoor markets thrive and people congregate, while La Festa
highlights the beauty and excitement of bustling festivals and
celebrations. The field --- Il Campo --- contrasts the natural
beauty of the Tuscan countryside with the human designed coziness
of La Cucina, the kitchen. La Bellezza means "the beauty," all so
apparent in this section of expansive loveliness.
Insightful narrative, breathtaking photography, and mouthwatering
recipes collaborate to elevate armchair traveling to dizzying new
heights in this luminous new offering by Frances Mayes, Edward
Mayes, and photographer Bob Krist. IN TUSCANY is more than a book;
it's food for all the senses.
Reviewed by Jami Edwards on January 22, 2011