Finished!: Every Day in Tuscany

Every Day in Tuscany: Seasons of an Italian Life by Frances Mayes

Every Day in Tuscany is Frances Mayes’ third book about her life at Bramasole in Cortona, Italy. It has been twenty years since she and her husband Ed first bought Bramasole and began the long process of remodeling it and making into their home.

In the book she talks about life at Bramasole. Now she is no longer works at the university and can spend a lot more time at home in Cortona. There are many long dinners with friends and family. Many friends and family come to visit and stay for days or weeks. They take trips all over Tuscany and Italy. She continues to paint beautiful landscapes and pictures with her words which is why she continues to be my favorite travel writer.


This book is wonderful! It’s different from the previous two because there is no remodeling involved this time around. She left the university back before going on her trip that led to A Year in the World, so she and Ed spend most of the year at home in Bramasole. I love that it’s become home for them and their place in South Carolina is more of the vacation home.

This one was another audiobook. But this time I absolutely loved the narrarator, the author! Yes, Frances Mayes read her own book. It was wonderful listening to her read her own work. You could hear the nostalgia and warmth that comes from remembering wonderful times that you wouldn’t get from someone else. I wish more authors did this. Also the last disc has a .pdf file that is full of recipes that are mentioned throughout the book. I can’t wait to get that file. I do look forward to getting the book, where the recipes are probably in among the stories. But it is possibly my favorite audiobook so far.

Listening to all the wonderful food and the long tables and all the friends over for meals makes me want to do it myself. I want to have a table that’s long enough to fit at least twelve people around it and hold up the food. I want to have a long meal where we take our time eating and enjoy various wines and the converstions right along with the food. I’m already figuring out what I’ll need to serve this amazing meal and what to make. 🙂

It was so much fun listening to her talk about the two weeks her daughter and grandson were there. The way that boy is so adventureous and has such an open mind to food makes me wish more children were raised like that. At one point she talks about the menus and how in Italy there is no children’s menu. She then goes on to say how sad children’s menus are here in the US and how most of them are hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken fingers or nuggets, and fries. If I ever have kids, I’ll just make sure they get some of what I’m eating since it’s always too much food. Why confine them to those simple, dull, foods when there is a world of wonderful tastes out there for them to try?

Spring Book Challenge: In honor of spring break, read a book set in a place you would like to visit.

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