Quotes by Frances Mayes

"Life offers you a thousand chances... all you have to do is take one."

"Where you are is who you are. The further inside you the place moves, the more your identity is intertwined with it. Never casual, the choice of place is the choice of something you crave."

"Any arbitrary turning along the way and I would be elsewhere; I would be different."

"There is no technique, there is just the way to do it.
Now, are we going to measure or are we going to cook?"

"I had the urge to examine my life in another culture and move beyond what I knew."

Books by Frances Mayes

  • Bella Tuscany
  • 13,029 ratings
  • April 4th 2000 by Broadway Books

    (first published January 1st 1999)

  • Women in Sunlight
  • 5,833 ratings
  • April 3rd 2018 by Books on Tape

    (first published April 2nd 2018)

  • In Tuscany
  • 2,396 ratings
  • October 31st 2000 by Broadway Books

    (first published 1980)

  • Swan
  • 715 ratings
  • August 26th 2003 by Broadway Books

    (first published 2002)

Frances Mayes
  • Frances Mayes

  • Born: Fitzgerald, Georgia, The United States.

  • Description: Frances Mayes's new book is See You in the Piazza: New Places to Discover in Italy published by Crown. Her most recent novel is Women in Sunlight, published by Crown and available in paperback in spring 2019. With her husband, Edward Mayes she recently published The Tuscan Sun Cookbook. Every Day in Tuscany is the third volume in her bestselling Tuscany memoir series.

    In addition to her Tuscany memoirs, Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany , Frances Mayes is the author of the memoirs Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir; A Year in the World; the illustrated books In Tuscany and Bringing Tuscany Home; Swan, a novel; The Discovery of Poetry, a text for readers; and five books of poetry. She divides her time between homes in Italy and North Carolina.