I love Frances Mayes’s writing, as I have said many times on my blog before. I love the passionate way in which she travels, the way she really lives each moment of her life, and her insight into little things around her that could be just routine for others. I am on a read-everything-by-Frances-Mayes roll these days, and in the course of that, treated myself to another of her books – Every Day In Tuscany.
Every Day In Tuscany is a sequel to Under The Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany. It is all about the beauty of everyday life in Tuscany, the sights and sounds that surround Frances, the people of Tuscany and, most importantly, the cuisine of the place. Frances speaks about her experiences in Tuscany over the course of her 20-year stay there – both good and bad. She speaks of the extraordinary zest for life that the Tuscans seem to possess, and their hearty love for food, and attempts to figure out why she hasn’t seen such enthusiasm elsewhere.
How did I like the book? I found it utterly charming, as I find all of Frances’ books. It made me want to live each moment of my life with joy, to squeeze out two lifetimes’ worth of living from this one lifetime of mine. It made want to revel in the simple pleasures of everyday life, and to build my life around them. And, as always, the book made me long to travel – to soak in the culture of a new place, to see large and small monuments depicting the history of the place, and to have a taste of the local cuisine. It made me long to visit Tuscany, too.
Would I recommend this book? Yes!! I most definitely would. If you love travelling, or dig personal descriptions of experiences or places, or simply love the idea of living to the fullest, this book is for you! It would make a great travel companion too, I felt.