The biggest thing that any artist, writer, or hopeful writer for that matter, needs is inspiration. Something new, something interesting, or some new perspective to provide just a moment of epiphany. With this book Under the Tuscan Sun I have found said inspiration. Travel writing is not a genre that I have ever been particularly interested in or even really heard of. I stumbled upon this book because someone had transplated it from the travel section to the fiction section, where I usually frequent. Travel is something I have always been interested in and I had heard of the movie so I decided to check it out. No more than two pages in I was hooked. Immediately it was as if I were in Tuscany myself; wandering through the Piazza del Duomo, picking grapes, and restoring my very own desolate cottage. Frances Mayes captivates the reader with both a knowledge of the small town she lives in as well as of their culture, their food, and the meaning that absorbing this new culture has given her life. Reading Under the Tuscan Sun for me was like watching a cooking show, but the best kind of cooking show where you feel like you can taste and smell every morsel of food the chef is preparing.