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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (173 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frances Mayes, Edward Mayes Narrator: Frances Mayes Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2004 ISBN: 9780739315682
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I always imagine each of the signoras who lived in this house—where she shelled peas, rocked the grandchild, placed a vase of the pink roses. Now I would like to take one of these women back to my house in California to show her how Bramasole traveled to America and took root, how the doors there are open to the breeze from San Pablo bay and to the distant view of Mount Tamalpais, how the table has expanded and the garden has burgeoned…


The “bard of Tuscany” (New York Times) now offers a lavishly illustrated book for everyone who dreams of integrating the Tuscan lifestyle—from home decoration and cooking, to eating and drinking, to gardening, socializing, and celebrating—into their own lives.

When Frances Mayes fell in love with Tuscany and Bramasole, millions of readers basked in the experience through her three bestselling memoirs. Now Frances and her husband, In Tuscany coauthor Edward, share the essence of Tuscan life as they have lived it, with specific ideas and inspiration for readers stateside to bring the beauty and spirit of Tuscany into their own home decor, meals, gardens, entertaining and, most important, outlook on life. In her inimitable warm and evocative tone, Frances helps readers develop an eye for authentic Tuscan style, with advice on how to:

• Choose a Tuscan color palette for the home, from earthy apricot tones to invigorating shades of antique blue.

• Personalize a room with fanciful door frames, unique painted furniture, and fresco murals.

• Cultivate a Tuscan garden, adding fountains, vine-covered pergolas, and terra-cotta urns among the herbs and flowers

• Select the best Italian vino. (Frances describes lunches at regional vineyards and imparts tips for pairing food and wine.)

• Create an atmosphere of irresistible, anytime hospitality—a casa aperta (open home).

• Make primo finds at local antiques markets. (And to help truly bring Tuscany home, shipping advice and market days for several Tuscan towns are included.)

• Set an imaginative Tuscan table using majolica and vintage linens.

• Enjoy the abundant flavors and easy simplicity of the Tuscan kitchen, with details on everything from olive oil and vino santo to pici and gnocchi, plus special homegrown menus and recipes.

• Make the most of a trip to Tuscany, visiting Frances’s favorite hill towns, restaurants, small museums, and other soothing places.


With more than 100 photos by acclaimed photographer Steven Rothfeld (including several of the Mayes’s California home and its Tuscan accents), twenty-five all-new recipes, and lists of resources for travelers and shoppers, Bringing Tuscany Home is a treasure trove of practical advice and memorable images. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jc | 11/19/2013

    " Makes me want to go back to Italy even more. Frances Mayes really brings Italy to life with all of her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janell | 11/16/2013

    " I loved this book. Frances Mayes does an excellent job of describing, and incorporating the ideas that I have embodied for my life & existence on this plane.... savor this one is all I can say.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna Valkingburg | 11/14/2013

    " beautiful book loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 5/18/2013

    " Enjoyed the book mostly for the photography and the glimpse of the people I've come to know in her memoirs. Especially love the recipes for roasted tomatoes and plum tart, and grateful for the handy closing "little guide" to the artisans of Tuscany. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dottie | 4/15/2013

    " Okay -- had a small Tuscany fix by rereading In Tuscany and this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Tucker | 4/15/2013

    " What a treat! After reading three of her memoirs I was ready to read more with a bonus of seeing lots of pictures. I like her poetic prose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 4/3/2013

    " When I read Frances Mayes books, I feel like I am with her in Tuscany. I have been to Tuscany and it is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. Her books just have so much nostalga of my time there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ceecee | 12/24/2012

    " So I must say that although this book was not exactly what I'd hoped it would be, or it would tell me - I do love all things Tuscany, Italy - so yeah 4 stars! .. and as a special surprise - recipes in the back! I are happy (terrible grammar intentional)! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dawn | 12/17/2012

    " Mayes obviously has no regrets about the fixer-upper she bought in Tuscany a decade or so ago. However, the title is misleading, as the book actually does little to show how to bring the atmosphere of Tuscany home to anywhere other than...well, Tuscany. Pretty pictures, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Serge Pierro | 11/3/2012

    " An nice companion to her "Tuscany" series of books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alyssa | 9/27/2012

    " Says house and home on the library label but is a wandering travelogue with a few pictures of gardens and hardly any furniture or carvings or homes or anything of the sort. More recipes than anything else actually. I was hoping to see what italian home stuff was in the market, but oh well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretta Fisher-gomez | 9/9/2012

    " Beautiful book with yummy recipes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 8/7/2012

    " This is not much of a decorating book, but I was certainly not disappointed. It allowed me a little escape to Tuscany. The photos were beautiful and I can't wait to try out Ed's recipes! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 7/8/2012

    " Completely worthless. It is basically just a list of vendors, which I could have found on the Internet, with some pictures added for coffee table appeal. This is just a shameless attempt by Mayes to wring even more money from her Tuscany books' fans. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marilyn | 6/13/2012

    " so far...nice pictures. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Avis Black | 10/8/2011

    " I find her taste too bland and boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 10/3/2011

    " Wonderful and interesting and humorous and inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 9/17/2011

    " Wonderful photos and info. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 8/24/2011

    " Short chapters describing the author's life in Tuscany and she is able to bring that life to her California home. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 7/10/2011

    " this book was not what it seemed. Since I had found it in the decorating section of the library, I had thought it would be a book which defined this style more than anything else. Instead it was a book with the theme" stop and smell the roses". Something we all need to be reminded of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 4/7/2011

    " Enjoyed the book mostly for the photography and the glimpse of the people I've come to know in her memoirs. Especially love the recipes for roasted tomatoes and plum tart, and grateful for the handy closing "little guide" to the artisans of Tuscany. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janell | 9/2/2010

    " I loved this book. Frances Mayes does an excellent job of describing, and incorporating the ideas that I have embodied for my life & existence on this plane.... savor this one is all I can say....
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jc | 3/4/2010

    " Makes me want to go back to Italy even more. Frances Mayes really brings Italy to life with all of her books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alyssa | 10/6/2009

    " Says house and home on the library label but is a wandering travelogue with a few pictures of gardens and hardly any furniture or carvings or homes or anything of the sort. More recipes than anything else actually. I was hoping to see what italian home stuff was in the market, but oh well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 9/7/2009

    " What's not to like? The prose of Frances Mayes, Italy, beautiful old buildings, food, gorgeous pictures, etc...
    I always want more. Krisette and I are going to get more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 HRT | 2/14/2009

    " I find her taste too bland and boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 5/31/2008

    " Completely worthless. It is basically just a list of vendors, which I could have found on the Internet, with some pictures added for coffee table appeal. This is just a shameless attempt by Mayes to wring even more money from her Tuscany books' fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 5/3/2008

    " this book was not what it seemed. Since I had found it in the decorating section of the library, I had thought it would be a book which defined this style more than anything else. Instead it was a book with the theme" stop and smell the roses". Something we all need to be reminded of. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 2/4/2008

    " When I read Frances Mayes books, I feel like I am with her in Tuscany. I have been to Tuscany and it is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. Her books just have so much nostalga of my time there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dawn | 10/22/2007

    " Mayes obviously has no regrets about the fixer-upper she bought in Tuscany a decade or so ago. However, the title is misleading, as the book actually does little to show how to bring the atmosphere of Tuscany home to anywhere other than...well, Tuscany. Pretty pictures, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dottie | 9/3/2007

    " Okay -- had a small Tuscany fix by rereading In Tuscany and this one! "

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About the Author
Author Frances Mayes

Frances Mayes is the author of four books about Tuscany. The now-classic Under the Tuscan Sun–which was a New York Times bestseller for more than two and a half years and became a Touchstone movie starring Diane Lane—was followed by Bella Tuscany and two illustrated books, In Tuscany and Bringing Tuscany Home. She is also the author of the novel, Swan, several books of poetry, and The Discovery of Poetry. A native of Georgia, she now divides her time between San Francisco and Cortona, Italy.