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       Product Description-Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy
    Frances Mayes, whose enchanting #1 New York Times bestseller Under the Tuscan Sun made the world fall in love with
        Tuscany, invites us back for a delightful new season of friendship, festivity, and food, there and throughout Italy.

Following up on her bestselling novel, Under the Tuscan Sun, Frances Mayes returns to her beloved villa in the small hill town of
   Cortona, Italy. Welcomed back like an old friend, she is soon puttering in the garden, and as Mayes devotees might expect,
   busy in the kitchen as well. As Mayes rediscovers her taste for la dolce vita, she embarks on a journey of cultural awakening
 and embraces a newfound romance with the Italian language and people. "I came to Italy expecting adventure," reads Mayes.
  "What I never anticipated is the absolute sweet joy of everyday life." Mayes is as generous a cook as she is a writer, flavoring
 her story with tasty descriptions of local gustatory delights--many of which are included in a small recipe book. She also serves
as narrator, and the beguiling simplicity of her voice makes listening as enjoyable as spending an afternoon with a well-traveled
                                 favorite aunt. (Running time: 9 hours, 6 cassettes) --George Laney

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Customer Reviews:
43 of 44 people found the following review helpful

a diamond with some flaws, March 6, 2003 By Cynthia K. Robertson (beverly, new jersey USA)
      This review is from: Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy (Hardcover) OK--Many of the customers who wrote previous
reviews about Bella Tuscany have some valid complaints. It is several chapters too long and we do get tired of Mayes' whining.
We have little pity for her trying to restore two houses at once and we don't need to hear about every meal and shopping
excursion. It certainly does not surpass her first effort, "Under the Tuscan Sun." Still, as someone who has never been to
Tuscany (or Italy for that matter), many of the descriptions in "Bella Tuscany" are little treasures. Who wouldn't want to live
where you can go to one local farm for ricotta, another for pecorino romano and a third for wine? Or where Roman and Etruscan
ruins are to be found in so many unsuspecting places? Or where fabulous meals can be made with only the simple ingredients
you grow in your garden? Or where every small local church has a major work or art or two? I do have two recommendations
that would have made this book more enjoyable; a map of...

31 of 33 people found the following review helpful

Overall, a disappointment., August 16, 1999 By A Customer
This review is from: Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy (Hardcover) I adored Under the Tuscan Sun and couldn't wait to read
Bella Tuscany. But like so many others who have reviewed the book here, I had trouble finishing it. It simply did not have the
beauty or the charm of the first book. In addition, the constant sniping really got on my nerves. In my opinion, if you are lucky
enough to have a villa in Tuscany and to live "the sweet life," you shouldn't be complaining about the mafia in Sicily or your
never-ending parade of rude houseguests. Mayes should have included fewer gripes and more recipes. But worst of all were the
unbelievable number of typographical errors in the book. Is it possible that a university professor can be such a poor speller and
that her editors could fail to correct so many mistakes? The errors drove me absolutely to distraction and sent the message that
Mayes was rushing her second book into print before it was ready, just to capitalize on the success of her first book. I would say
that parts of the...

35 of 40 people found the following review helpful

SWEET, March 15, 2000 By A Customer
This review is from: Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy (Hardcover) I really can't understand why so many reviewers have
complained about this sweet little book. Although I'm French, not Italian, I have traveled all over Italy and I found Bella Tuscany
to be a sweet and interesting book that provides a few evenings of lighthearted and entertaining reading. In Bella Tuscany,
Mayes travels to regions outside Tuscany, such as Sicily and Venice, as well as to the many castle towns, fishing villages and
islands. Many reviewers have complained about the chapter on recipes, but I found them quite interesting and delicious!
Although I don't think Mayes captures the essence of Tuscany with quite the wit and verve of Peter Mayle, writing about
Provence, Bella Tuscany is still a sweet and lighthearted look at one of the world's most beautiful regions.

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