Under The Tuscan Sun
What can I say about Frances Mayes' classic cult favorite, Under The Tuscan Sun? Broadway Books have just released a special 20th anniversary edition of this #1 New York Times Bestseller, which includes a new afterward by the author. If you're not already familiar with the book (and subsequent movie) the back cover reads:
"20th Anniversary Edition with a New Afterword
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. Under the Tuscan inspired generations to embark on their own journeys--whether that be flying to a foreign country in search of themselves, savoring one of the book's dozens of delicious seasonal recipes, or simply being transported by Mayes's signature evocative, sensory language. Now, with a new afterword from the Bard of Tuscany herself, the 20th anniversary edition of Under the Tuscan Sun brings us up-to-date with the book's most beloved characters.
— Recipient of the 2017 Eric and Edith Friedheim Distinguised Achievement Award in Travel Literature"
Under The Tuscan Sun isn't a travel guide, nor is it a how-to-restore-old-villas guide. At its heart, it's really a memoir. Frances tells the tale of buying and restoring an abandoned villa in the gorgeous setting of Tuscany, Italy.The cover photos are gorgeous and the descriptions of Tuscany will transport you to Italy. This book is the perfect escape to read on a dreary day. I love the recipes sprinkled throughout the book and am looking forward to trying them. The addition of the afterword is a nice touch, as it catches us up on the lives of the characters 20 years later. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Italy, memoirs, or tales about dramatic changes in your life. Under The Tuscan Sun gives us a glimpse into someone who decided to do something drastic and brave to shake up their life, and in turn, might even give us a nudge to do something outside of our own comfort zones and bring a little spice into our own lives.
I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in order to provide an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.