From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home

From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home

A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICKA poignant and transporting cross-cultural love story set against the lush backdrop of the Sicilian countryside, where one woman discovers the healing powers of food, family, and unexpected grace in her darkest hour.It was love at first sight when Tembi met professional chef, Saro, on a street in Florence. There was just o...

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Title:From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home
Author:Tembi Locke
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Edition Language:English

From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home Reviews

  • Erika Robuck

    From the shores of California to an island in the Mediterranean, FROM SCRATCH is a rich, sensual reading experience. Equal parts uplifting and devastating, it is a memoir of soul-searching beauty. As extraordinary and unique as Tembi Locke's life is, all readers will identify with the themes of love, family, and forgiveness. Highly recommended.

  • Jodie

    The love story of Tembi and Saro is one of passion, commitment, and everlasting love. Not since Paul Kalanithi’s “When Breath Becomes Air” have I been so moved by a book.. Tembi Locke conveys passion and sincerity which is deeply felt on each and every page. It is articulate, vulnerable and full of symbolism. I could not put this book down and highly recommend it.

    Please note: I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review which I have provided here.

  • Cortney (cortingbooks)

    “That morning I wanted nothing more than to know that it was possible for me to feel alive, fully alive again. The half living of life after loss was shifting. I wanted to be reminded of the bounty of life...”

    Oh this precious little book touched my heart. I was tearing up at the prologue. Through Tembi’s words you can feel the love she has for her family.

    I know first hand the challenges of learning to navigate the world again as a mom and widow so this book really hit home for me.

    I laughed. I cr

    “That morning I wanted nothing more than to know that it was possible for me to feel alive, fully alive again. The half living of life after loss was shifting. I wanted to be reminded of the bounty of life...”

    Oh this precious little book touched my heart. I was tearing up at the prologue. Through Tembi’s words you can feel the love she has for her family.

    I know first hand the challenges of learning to navigate the world again as a mom and widow so this book really hit home for me.

    I laughed. I cried. I felt like I had traveled to Italy and ate all this delicious food. It was the beautiful blending of two cultures through love and loss. I highly recommend this unforgettable memoir.

  • Jennifer

    From Scratch is a trek navigated internally across the landscape of loss and “guerrilla grieving—stealthily mourning our if public views, using any tactics necessary to get by.” It is the memoir of “a girl from Texas who had dreamed of being an actress and had fallen in love with an Italian chef she had met on a street corner.” Like the author who “had just fallen for a bicycle thief chef,” reading From Scratch “was love at first bite...I loved it in the way you love a place you know in your sou

    From Scratch is a trek navigated internally across the landscape of loss and “guerrilla grieving—stealthily mourning our if public views, using any tactics necessary to get by.” It is the memoir of “a girl from Texas who had dreamed of being an actress and had fallen in love with an Italian chef she had met on a street corner.” Like the author who “had just fallen for a bicycle thief chef,” reading From Scratch “was love at first bite...I loved it in the way you love a place you know in your soul and in your heart you can’t let go.”

    From Scratch is a Sicilian Eat. Grieve. Love. It is a tribute to the kitchen that “taught me that flavor can bring forth love and set aside anger, and that something sweet can mend a fence and soothe a heart” and to her three marriages to one man: “the one we had experienced as newly in live married people; the one we had spent in the trenches of surviving cancer; and the one I had with him now, as his widow.” It is a poetic travelogue reminder that you can still harvest kernels of joy and excitement braised in kindness amidst of fields of grief. “Some people have heirloom jewelry. I have fava beans.”

    Tembi Locke describes “an illogical but heartfelt notion that if my grief touched all the places where my love had traveled, it might somehow help heal me.” Through her memoir, she invites her readers alongside her travel therapy. “We held, between us, a kind of secret of life…that deep understanding of the constancy of nature and its opposite, human impermanence, was what I hoped would eventually help us regain our equilibrium...The wound of loss had become a scar of love. I knew that in whatever experience was yet to come, I would be ever more in love with the poet-chef in elf boots who had lit the fire for a lifetime.” From Scratch is a recipe book for love, loss, family, and finding home that will forever remain on the hearth of my heart and my gift list for others. Purchase with highlighter and passport!

  • 2TReads

    This was such a wonderful, yet heartbreaking memoir. Part sweeping love story, and part grief manual. It gives us a glimpse into two parts of Tembi Locke's life; how she met and fell in love with her husband Saro and built a family, and how she was able to get through her grief when Saro passed away. It is a story of love, family, grief, forgiveness and strength, with a generous helping of food (which played a main role in Tembi and Saro's relationship because he was a chef).

    A truly heartwarmin

    This was such a wonderful, yet heartbreaking memoir. Part sweeping love story, and part grief manual. It gives us a glimpse into two parts of Tembi Locke's life; how she met and fell in love with her husband Saro and built a family, and how she was able to get through her grief when Saro passed away. It is a story of love, family, grief, forgiveness and strength, with a generous helping of food (which played a main role in Tembi and Saro's relationship because he was a chef).

    A truly heartwarming tale of love and family.

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