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The Tuscan Sun Cookbook: Recipes from Our Italian Kitchen by [Mayes, Frances, Edward Mayes]
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I own over a thousand cookbooks, but I have never been so enthralled by a cookbook as I was when I saw and read "The Tuscan Sun Cookbook" by Frances and Edward Mayes. From the very first beautiful photograph of Frances spoon feeding Edward and the mesmerizing opening paragraph--"The Choreography of the Kitchen"--I knew this cookbook would immediately rank with my all-time favorites. The recipes lure me into my Los Angeles kitchen and soon I feel like I am cooking in Tuscany. Even if there were no recipes, I would love "The Tuscan Sun Cookbook" for the brilliant photographs of by Steven Rothfeld--they are simply the best I have ever seen in a cookbook. Period. So to lovers of photography and food and Italy and to the simplest and most wonderful pleasures of life, I most enthusiastically say "Get this book."
- -Nancy Silverton, founder of La Brea Bakery and co-owner of Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza restaurants in Los Angeles, Newport Beach, and Singapore
Frances and Edward Mayes generously invite us into their Tuscan world, to share in lavish, friend-filled feasts as we gather around the wood-fired bread oven. It s a book of joy and celebration, stories of the call of the owl, the invasion of wild boars, honest, earthy, and welcoming. We can taste their freshly-pressed olive oil, thrill in the flavor of the neighbor s lavender honey, want to run into the kitchen to prepare their long-simmered ragu, and plan to duplicate Ed s caper, anchovy, and mozzarella pizza. Steven Rothfeld s stunning photos make their world sing, come truly alive.
--Patricia Wells, author of "Salad as a Meal "
Frances and Ed Mayes haven't written some wistful expat's dream; they have done their homework about why Tuscan food is what it is, and what we need to know about it. In their writing, Tuscany doesn't seem a picture postcard (even though the book is a beauty). Instead it comes off feeling much more like home. As for the dishes, they've captured the essential simplicity that is Tuscan cooking. Frances and Ed know what they're doing and it's a pleasure to read. This is one of those books that makes you homesick, even if you never had a home like this.
--Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host of national radio show "The Splendid Table"(r) from American Public Media"

About the Author

Named the "bard of Tuscany" by the "New York Times," FRANCES MAYES is the author of the bestsellers "Under the Tuscan Sun, Bella Tuscany, Every Day in Tuscany, " and, with EDWARD MAYES, "In Tuscany" and "Bringing Tuscany Home." She also wrote" Swan: A Novel, A Year in the World, " and five books of poetry. She lectures frequently on Italian life. Edward is the prize-winning author of four books of poetry, most recently, "Speed of Life" and "Works and Days." Photographer STEVEN ROTHFELD is the author of "French Dreams, Shrines," and "Italian Dreams." His work appears in books by Frances Mayes among others.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 42219 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (13 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070O8CP4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #236,554 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am not one who buys cookbooks. I have a few at home, and the one I go to the most is a fat tome of a book from the 1990's which has over a 1000 recipes. It is always reliable when I need an answer to the question "what can I do with the neck of lamb/glut of apples/tray of eggs that my neighbour gave me". Nothing fancy, but easy to follow. However, as someone who has read all of Frances Mayes' books, I bought this as soon as it was available. Partly for the recipes, and partly to read more about her life as a part-time resident in Tuscany.

For those unfamiliar with American author Frances Mayes, she wrote (almost 20 years ago) "Under the Tuscan Sun", a book about how she, in her middle-age, took a big risk and purchased an abandoned house with 5 acres of land in Italy after a painful divorce. How, through the restoration of her house, she made a fresh start in her life, forged a new relationship, and learned to reconnect with the land. I urge everyone to read this book first, as it will give you a sense of Mayes' life in a foreign country, how she embraces simple quotidien life. Plus, it's just a great book, beautifully written and in my opinion the best example of this genre. Once you read this, you will perhaps appreciate this cookbook a little more as she discusses old friends and her two houses in Italy. Alongside the recipes, she writes a little anecdote about each one, how the recipe came about or where they first tried the dish. The tone is casual and conversational, and draws the reader in so you can almost read it like a novel. Mayes focuses on the Italian tradition of "cucina povera", when the housewife had to make do with what was available, in season. Nothing is fancy or complicated, and sticks to simple, robust, fresh ingredients.
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Not just a cookbook, more a way of lfe; the book has fabulous recipes that actually work, having such contributors as Silvia Baracchi it has to be good - even down to the salt rubs and the Ragu, which are both totaly authentic.
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This is a brilliant book. I am a fan of Frances Mayes' "Under the Tuscan Sun" and other books so was delighted to see the cookery book. There are some lovely recipes in it as well as fabulous photography!
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great book - beautiful food and beautiful photographs - every recipe I have tried so far has been a succes
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I you love books of Frances Mayes you will love also this one. It also full of sun. And I love these small recommendation which are so helpful for non-professional cooks. Try it.
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