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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (March 13 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307885283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307885289
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 2.2 x 26.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 998 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 ragù, 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® 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tracy grace on March 30 2013
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A fantastic cook book.
For any one who wants to cook Italian cuisine...
Lots of bright coloured pics.
I didn't like that some of the ingredients could be found only in Italy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patty Lynn on April 11 2012
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If you love Frances Mayes' books on her life in Tuscany, you will not be disappointed with The Tuscan Sun Cookbook. It contains so much more than just great recipes. Frances has a way of transporting you right into her kitchen in Cortona. The pictures are beautiful and you finally get to see what some of the people she writes about in her books look like. If you love Italy and everything Italian, even if you are not a cook, this is an essential addition to your bookshelf!
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I visited Italy 6 years ago and feel in love. The first week I attended a Cooking School in Tuscany then spent a week on the Amalfi Coast. I so enjoyed Frances Mayes book "Under the Tuscan Sun" before my first visit. Reading about her friends, recipes, the simplicity of Tuscan life in "Every Day in Tuscany" makes me yearn to return. BELLISSIMO!
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By Pamela on Sept. 13 2012
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I love the movie "Under the Tuscan Sun". It is a story of hope and new beginnings. And this is the book to go with it. It is beautiful, the recipes are amazing, not your usual italian-cookbook ones. They are easy to do, delicious and they also look so good.The chapter on entrees is really awesome. Lots of things to offer for a divine dinner with friends. (They will love you forever)
Photography is BEAUTIFUL. Recipes are AMAZING! What else can you ask for? if you like Italian food and like to entertain Family and friends, (or your special someone) this is the book for you.
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Great recipes and photographs......love cooking from this book. Very descriptive and you learn lots about the ingredients that go into making your food taste so special. Love it !!
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