Frances Mayes Shares Recipes from Every Day in Tuscany

Use one of Frances Mayes' recipes to brighten up your book group!

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Celebrate your book group with an all-out Tuscan feast! Frances Mayes shares recipes from Every Day in Tuscany perfect for making your meeting as warm and delicious as the Italian countryside.

“For casual winter evenings with friends,” Frances Mayes writes, “my favorite family style dinner starts with a big platter of antipasto passed around the table. I follow this with two pastas—a rich baked one and a light tagliatelli, usually with chopped arugula, cream and crumbled pancetta. For dessert, what’s cozier than a rustic pear or apple tart, with a dollop of mascarpone mixed with a little whipping cream.

The menu is an all-out feast, perfect for a celebration. These recipes are from Every Day in Tuscany. At the end of a winter meal in Tuscany, bowls of clementines and walnuts always appear at the table. When you’re peeling the pungent orange fruit, cracking walnuts, and sipping a little vin santo, you naturally want to linger in the candlelight.”

• Download the recipe for Antipasto Platter
• Download the recipe for Chicken Under a Brick
• Download the recipe for Il Falconiere Steamed Chocolate Cake

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Get the full menu here: Frances Mayes’ Recipes
Download the reader’s guide here: Every Day In Tuscany Reader’s Guide

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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 and two 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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