The poet and travel writer describes her experiences in Tuscany during the restoration of her countryside villa
Frances Mayes, a gourmet cook, travel writer, and poet, bought herself a crumbling 17-room villa in the Italian countryside. It changed her life and renewed her spirit. Her immensely appealing chronicle of the experience, and of her romantic relationship with the man she eventually married, comes complete with recipes from the region. The book became a bestseller and was made into a 2003 movie starring Diane Lane.