The Wisdom of Tuscany

The Wisdom of Tuscany

Simplicity, Security & the Good Life-- Making the Tuscan Lifestyle your Own

Book - 2009
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Sun-drenched Tuscany is synonymous with the ideal life. But it didn't happen by chance. Since the Etruscans, the Tuscans have treated their breathtaking countryside with sagacious respect and, in hamlets and hill towns, have built a culture of simplicity, beauty, neighborliness, good food, and a love of daily life.

Ferenc Máté, a Tuscan resident for twenty years, explores this idyllic existence. He finds Tuscans brimming with creative practicality, down-home humor, and relentless optimism. Blended with their passion for work and independence, they have achieved a haven of economic stability, physical and emotional security, and a fortifying sense of belonging.

From their organic gardens to their mouthwatering cuisine, from high-quality, craftsmen-made products and family-run businesses to the joys centered in human contact, Tuscans live a healthy, emotionally rich life. Máté--engaging, funny, and insightful--shows us how to live like Tuscans.
Publisher: New York : Norton, c2009
ISBN: 9780920256688
Branch Call Number: 945.5 MAT 2009
Characteristics: 272 p. ; 21 cm


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Feb 21, 2015

I liked his books so much I purchased them.

Mar 28, 2011

While I love Mate's writing, I don't agree 100% with him on this book. He makes some excellent points on simplifying life and living more sustainably, buying things to last, and appreciating your neighbors and nature, but the idea that you can only truly do this by moving to a small town, village, or farm is really not practical for most people. If you don't have the luxury of being able to work from home, you then have to make a long commute every day from your small town to the big city where your job most likely is. To me that seems to defeat the purpose, and certainly does not simplify a person's life. That aside, the writing is wonderful, with great person anecdotes and real-life examples that make all of Mate's books so charming and relatable.

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