From Scratch

From Scratch

A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home

Large Print - 2019
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"It was love at first sight when Tembi met professional chef, Saro, on a street in Florence. There was just one problem: Saro's traditional Sicilian family did not approve of him marrying a black American woman, an actress no less. However, the couple, heartbroken but undeterred, forges on. They build a happy life in Los Angeles, with fulfilling careers, deep friendships and the love of their lives: a baby girl they adopt at birth. Eventually, they reconcile with Saro's family just as he faces a formidable cancer that will consume all their dreams. From Scratch chronicles three summers Tembi spends in Sicily with her daughter, Zoela, as she begins to piece together a life without her husband in his tiny hometown hamlet of farmers. Where once Tembi was estranged from Saro's family and his origins, now she finds solace and nourishment--literally and spiritually--at her mother in law's table. In the Sicilian countryside, she discovers the healing gifts of simple fresh food, the embrace of a close knit community, and timeless traditions and wisdom that light a path forward. All along the way she reflects on her and Saro's incredible romance--an indelible love story that leaps off the pages. In Sicily, it is said that every story begins with a marriage or a death--in Tembi Locke's case, it is both. Her story is about loss, but it's really about love found. Her story is about travel, but it's really about finding a home. It is about food, but it's really about chasing flavor as an act of remembrance"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781432869243
Characteristics: pages cm.


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hockeymdm Jul 28, 2020

A true love story. Love of husband, love of family, and how love can live on after death. Tembi Locke takes us on her personal journey of her love story with her husband that dies of Cancer. This book made me laugh, cry and hungry. Tembi makes food one of the main characters in the book not only because her husband was a chef, but because he is Sicilian/Italian. Her word imagery takes you away to the locations of Florance, Sicily, Morocco, Texas, plus the greater Los Angles area. Her food descriptions have you at the table drooling and ready to eat or MANGIO.

Jun 22, 2020

From the shores of California to an island in the Mediterranean, From Scratch is a rich 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.

TVFAN Jan 04, 2020

A poignant memoir about love, loss, the grieving process and hope. A story of family and discovery over a period of several summers in Sicily. Recommended for those who enjoyed Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and Option B by Sheryl Sandberg.

Sep 06, 2019

It's hard to believe that this is a fiction debut. Tembi Locke's writing flows lyrically through each scene like spaghetti noodles. I was drooling at the mouth at all of the food ... pasta, olives, tomatoes, fresh bread, mulberries, cheese, even the wine. The book, however, seems a little clunky and discombobulated at times, as it goes back and forth from past to present and as another reviewer noted there is seemingly "no plot." I really liked the writing style anyway. Friends and fellow foodies, I recommend this one if you want to get lost and transport yourself to the Sicilian countryside.

Jul 31, 2019

I enjoyed this more than I expected to, it was nicely paced and none of it was too heavy or dull. I would love to go to Sicily one day, and I really enjoyed her memories of their life together and how she's moving forward.

Jun 25, 2019

“He soothed the places I hadn't known needed soothing, seemed perfectly willing to embrace the parts of me that were wanton, unsettled, unfinished, and contradictory. Together we had engaged life as two forks eating off one plate. Ready to listen, to love, to look into the darkness and see a thin filament of the moon.”
― Tembi Locke, From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home


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