Toscana Mia is the next best thing to visiting Villa Delia, the best-selling author�s inn and cooking school in a refurbished 16th-century Tuscan farmhouse. A celebration of the good life, Tuscan style, the book features the dishes Umberto Menghi watched his mother and grandmother prepare in their farmhouse kitchen, or ate at village banquets on celebration days, while growing up in Pontedera, Tuscany. Menghi has gathered over 100 authentic recipes from family, friends, and culinary associates around the region, and has put them in context, historically, geographically, and culturally. Included are tips on handling herbs, selecting olive oils, cooking beans the authentic Tuscan way, and exploring the wines of Tuscany. Over 100 photographs are featured.