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    The Art of Tuscan Life with author Frances Mayes

    Author Frances Mayes’ new book is a travel memoir that explores Italy from north to south On this dreary winter morning, Hillsborough author Frances Mayes already has picked out her recipe for dinner. Her copy of Joshua McFadden’s “Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables” is open on the kitchen counter, revealing a colorful casserole dish of Roasted Fennel with Apples, Taleggio Cheese and Almonds.

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    Films in Tuscany: A Calm Surface, an Inner Rawness

    Edited by Alberto Zambenedetti, contributors to this World Film Locations: Florence anthology look at some of the very best of the hundreds of films shot in Florence and the role the city itself plays in these films. As Zambeneddetti explains in his introduction, directors have generally taken two approaches when filming in Florence: “some have been so enamored with its calm, glistening surface that they have not attempted to get to its core, its inner rawness, its violent past,” while “others have tried to engage its mystery, scratching the glossy patina and finding beauty in its troubled history.” For most of the world, Florence is known through the eyes of a…