I liked the book far more than the movie. The book is a memoir, and not plot-driven. The author describes her summers buying then restoring an ancient villa in Tuscany. She describes everything from the plaster to the workmen to the food she eats to the shopkeepers she befriends. I enjoy her style of prose quite a bit, the author is quite poetic. Reading this book really allowed me to vacation in Tuscany in my mind, her descriptions were so vivid I feel as if I would recognize her town if I came across it in real life (apparently many tourists do go there now to see in person what she's described so eloquently).

Interestingly, she includes some of her favorite recipes she makes while in Italy. I grow a few of the same vegetables here in Virginia, and will try a few of the recipes before I return the book, they look delicious!