Delicious Southern Menu from Frances Mayes’ Under Magnolia

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Under Magnolia

Frances Mayes made us all fall in love with Tuscany with Under the Tuscan Sun. In Under Magnolia, the The Bard of Tuscany relishes the sweetness of the South, the smells and tastes at her family table and the fragrance of her hometown trees. She writes an unforgettable story of a girl whose perspicacity and dawning self-knowledge lead her out of the South and into the rest of the world, and then to a profound return home.

You’ll be swept away and inspired Under Magnolia, and every time she talks about Southern cooking, she’ll make your mouth water! We’re delighted to share these recipes with you.

Perfect for book clubs – an easy-to-make Southern feast of comfort food at its best: Cheese Grits, Summer Squash Casserole, and Martha Washington Jetties.

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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. It was followed by Bella Tuscany andtwo illustrated books, In Tuscany and Bringing Tuscany Home. She is also the author of the novel, Swan, six books of poetry, and The Discovery of Poetry. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages.

About Kira Walton

KIRA WALTON has been stalking books all her life as a college English teacher, bookseller, book club consultant, author, and editor.

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