From Scratch - Tembi Locke

From Scratch

By Tembi Locke

  • Release Date: 2019-04-30
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 505 Ratings


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This Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick and New York Times bestseller is “a captivating story of love lost and found” (Kirkus Reviews) set in the lush Sicilian countryside, where one woman discovers the healing powers of food, family, and unexpected grace in her darkest hours.

It was love at first sight when actress Tembi met professional chef, Saro, on a street in Florence. There was just one problem: Saro’s traditional Sicilian family did not approve of his marrying a black American woman. However, the couple, heartbroken but undeterred, forged on. They built a happy life in Los Angeles, with fulfilling careers, deep friendships, and the love of their lives: a baby girl they adopted at birth. Eventually, they reconciled with Saro’s family just as he faced a formidable cancer that would 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, 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 romance—an incredible 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. “Locke’s raw and heartfelt memoir will uplift readers suffering from the loss of their own loved ones” (Publishers Weekly), but her story is also about love, finding a home, and chasing flavor as an act of remembrance. From Scratch is for anyone who has dared to reach for big love, fought for what mattered most, and those who needed a powerful reminder that life is...delicious.


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    A spectacular and loving story about two redefining the meaning of true love for me. I also cried for a full 20 pages and I’ve never done that.
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    By Deal Wit' It
    This novel’s heartbreakingly accurate portrayal of grief, combined with the honest and tumultuous depiction of how family can both build you up and tear you down, took me on a rollercoaster of emotions. I laughed and cried in turns while falling in love with each and every character. I can not recommend this book enough!
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    By great adventures are open
    I love that this speaks to a different view of Italy then the age old stories of mainstream romance novel, love and wish the author all the luck
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