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From Scratch

A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home
Narrated by: Tembi Locke
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
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Summary

A 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 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.

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. From Scratch is for anyone who has dared to reach for big love, fought for what mattered most, and needed a powerful reminder that life is...delicious.

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©2019 Tembi Locke (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

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Gorgeous Italian

Such a beautiful story told with exquisite detail. It made me want to travel more and love harder. Life is short!
I loved the Italian used throughout the presentation.

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What a interesting book.

l felt that Tembi had got the balance of this account of her life just right.
The message of her disaster in life was not overdone and the account of the cultures was good.
A very diversified structure and it proved thst "telling it as it is" brings the facts together, just right.
Well written and narrated.

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Just not quite sure ...

I started this book and got info in quickly and loved the beginning ... its narrated well by the author based on her own true story of love, loss and Sicily. I felt it rather lost momentum after the death of Saro and although great descriptive writing it wandered a little aimlessly from that point onwards. I have seen that it is being made into a drama for Netflix. I will watch it with interest to see how the second half of the story is handled

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For lovers of food and travel

The author sprinkles this story of love and loss with delicious paragraphs on food and travel. Made me want to book flights immediately!