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With our world so storm-tossed and rudderless, this might just be the book for our times.

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.

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The Wisdom of Tuscany: Simplicity, Security & the Good Life
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The Wisdom of Tuscany
October 21st, 2014
As always Mate has communicated the features of a simple life in Tuscany or anywhere else. It is hard not to become a little envious, but then I just can start making changes in the way I live and in the way life lives me as I realize that I am also a captive of the dream that never is. A great read with some astute observations and great challenges. There is an apologetic slant to this book, but it is advocating the best of living. My first step is to finish building my greenhouse for year round vegetables and herbs for our table. Well done.
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