Bringing Tuscany Home: Sensuous Style From the Heart of Italy

By Frances Mayes, Edward Mayes, Steven Rothfeld

Bringing Tuscany Home: Sensuous Style From the Heart of Italy


Bringing Tuscany Home: Sensuous Style From the Heart of Italy

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Each of the signoras living in this house, where she shelled peas, rocked the grandchild, placed a pink rose vase, I always imagine. Now I want to take one of these women back to my California house to show her how Bramasole has traveled to America and taken root, how the doors are open from San Pab... lo Bay to the breeze and to the distant view of Mount Tamalpais, how the table has expanded and the garden has bloomed... The "Bard of Tuscany" (New York Times) now provides a lavishly illustrated book for all who dream of integrating the Tuscan lifestyle into their own lives, from home decoration and cooking, to eating and drinking, to gardening, socializing, and celebrating. When Frances Mayes fell in love with Tuscany and Bramasole, through her three bestselling memoirs, millions of readers basked in the experience. Now Frances and her husband, Edward, the author of Tuscany, share the essence of Tuscan life as they lived it, with specific ideas and inspiration for stateside readers to bring Tuscany's beauty and spirit into their own home decor, meals, gardens, entertainment and, most importantly, life outlook. Frances helps readers develop an eye for the authentic Tuscan style in her inimitable warm and evocative tone, with advice on how to: For the home, choose a Tuscan color palette, from earthy apricot tones to invigorating antique blue shades. Customize a room with fancy door frames, distinctive painted furniture, and fresco murals. Cultivating a Tuscan garden, adding herbs and flowers to fountains, vine-covered pergolas, and terra-cotta urns • Select the best wine in Italy. (France describes lunches at regional vineyards and gives food and wine pairing tips.) Create an atmosphere of irresistible hospitality at any time: a casa aperta (open home). Make primo finds at the local markets for antiques. (And shipping advice and market days for several Tuscan cities are included to help truly bring Tuscany home.) Use majolica and vintage linens to set an imaginative Tuscan table. Enjoy the Tuscan kitchen's abundant flavors and easy simplicity, with details on everything from olive oil and piciandgnocchi vino santoto, plus special homegrown menus and recipes. Make the most of a trip to Tuscany, visiting the favorite hill towns of Frances, restaurants, small museums, and other relaxing locations. Bringing Tuscany Home is a treasure trove of practical advice and memorable images with over 100 photos by acclaimed photographer Steven Rothfeld (including several of the Mayes' California home and its Tuscan accents), twenty-five all-new recipes, and resource lists for travelers and shoppers.



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    Broadway books


    Oct 5, 2004

  • ISBN

    0767917464 , 9780767917469







Quotes from Bringing Tuscany Home: Sensuous Style From the Heart of Italy

Although I am a person who expected to be rooted in one spot forever, as it has turned out I love having the memories of living in many places.

At Bramasole, the first secret spot that draws me outside is a stump and board bench on a high terrace overlooking the lake and valley. Before I sit down, I must bang the board against a tree to knock off all the ants. Then I'm happy. With a stunted oak tree for shelter and a never-ending view, I am hidden. No one knows where I am. The nine-year-old's thrill of the hideout under the hydrangea comes back: My mother is calling me and I am not answering.

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