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 PICK NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA poignant and transporting cross cultural love story set against the lush backdrop of the Sicilian countryside whe

  • Title: From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home
  • Author: Tembi Locke
  • ISBN: 1501187651
  • Page: 146
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA 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 F A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA 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 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 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 Get A Copy Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisIndigoBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Hardcover, 352 pages Published April 30th 2019 by Simon Schuster More Details ISBN 1501187651 ISBN13 9781501187650 Edition Language English Other Editions 11 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail Edit Details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about From Scratch, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Memoir Published in Year 2019 147 books 53 voters 2019 What the Over 35s Are Reading 1,923 books 148 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 3.89 Rating details 6,450 ratings 711 reviews All LanguagesDeutsch 1 English 695 Espa ol 1 Italiano 2 More filters Sort order Mar 06, 2019 Erika Robuck rated it it was amazing 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 flag 35 likesLike see review May 18, 2019 Moonkiszt rated it really liked it Shelves dontgetcomfy_changeispermanent, forgiveness, language is a character, comestibles, its all about choices, romance mostly tolerable, wish for rest of the story, comin of age, mademecry, mother daughter connundrum From Scratch a Memoir This was an assignment from Reese W and Hello, Sunshine Good thing, too, because this is not one I would have picked up and read, given my own choosing algorithms But this was an interesting story, with all the happy accidents that result in real living as opposed to fictionally contrived situations to fit plot points , full of crazy coincidences for which we make up plots, intervening characters engaged in divine and or devilish interferences, with promises of ha From Scratch a Memoir This was an assignment from Reese W and Hello, Sunshine Good thing, too, because this is not one I would have picked up and read, given my own choosing algorithms But this was an interesting story, with all the happy accidents that result in real living as opposed to fictionally contrived situations to fit plot points , full of crazy coincidences for which we make up plots, intervening characters engaged in divine and or devilish interferences, with promises of happy endings, or dire dooms.More than anything this put me in a contemplative mood thinking semi dark thoughts wrapped in various themes of all beginnings have an end George Carlin once said It s inevitable when you buy the pet You re supposed to know it in the pet shop It s going to end badly You are purchasing a small tragedy That s got to be true about every one of our relationships, from the most precious to the ones about which we are most indifferent So is the business of life the educating all of us about transitions and reconciling ourselves to being in the moment, and then just as wholly, moving on Moving on with history that is not allowed to overwhelm or overlimit So difficult to box up meanings, but beyond the telling of a love life story, this is my take away from Ms Locke s book.Still pondering on it, and have picked up a few books with similar themes maybe my algorithms need tweaking Or not.Lovely writing about her travels, family dynamics and how wacky those can be, the many forgivenesses time helps with in that area, and lots and lots of Sicilian cooking, tastes and pleasures 3.5 stars from me flag 22 likesLike see review View 1 comment May 07, 2019 Cortney rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019 favorites That morning I wanted nothing 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 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 flag 16 likesLike see review View 2 comments May 11, 2019 Rachel rated it liked it Probably would have given this book 2 stars, except that the writing really is beautiful It just wasn t what I expected This is a memoir about loss, period If that s what you re here for, then you will likely get a lot out of it, but it wasn t what I was hoping for at this particular moment in my life flag 13 likesLike see review May 11, 2019 Jessie rated it it was ok Shelves biography, 2019 I really wanted to like this, to connect with someone else who has felt grief, but it fell incredibly flat The way it was written, I wasn t able to connect with the characters, and there was no plot It was simply a sad woman who ate pasta I expected to follow their love story and then feel the loss, grieving alongside Tembi, but it never happened flag 13 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jul 05, 2019 Rebecca rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019 release, read via edelweiss, adoption, european holiday reading 2019, bereavement memoirs, foodie lit, travel books, languages This was the perfect book for me to read during a week in Italy Not only is it set largely in Sicily, but it ticks a lot of boxes in terms of my reading interests food, travel, bereavement, and the challenges of being an American overseas During a semester abroad in Florence, Tembi Locke an actress I was previously unfamiliar with met and fell in love with Saro Gullo, an Italian chef His parents could hardly accept him marrying someone from outside of Sicily, let alone a black woman from T This was the perfect book for me to read during a week in Italy Not only is it set largely in Sicily, but it ticks a lot of boxes in terms of my reading interests food, travel, bereavement, and the challenges of being an American overseas During a semester abroad in Florence, Tembi Locke an actress I was previously unfamiliar with met and fell in love with Saro Gullo, an Italian chef His parents could hardly accept him marrying someone from outside of Sicily, let alone a black woman from Texas, and refused to attend their wedding But as the years passed they softened towards Locke, who gradually became accepted in Saro s hometown of Aliminusa.In fact, after Saro s death from bone cancer in 2012, she became like a second daughter to Saro s mother the book focuses on the three summers in a row when she and her adopted daughter Zoela traveled to the family home in Sicily to stay with Nonna That first year they brought over some of Saro s ashes, and though in each year that followed the sadness hadn t truly dissipated, there was still, somehow, joy in the simplicity of the Sicilian way of life, in her hard won acceptance into a new family, and in food prepared with love As an expat, I particularly appreciated the exploration of what it s like to live between countries and cultures Locke does a wonderful job of presenting the extreme differences between L.A where she lives, and Sicily without judgment i.e implying that one is better than the other It s an honest, sad yet hopeful memoir, and there are even recipes I plan to order it for my sister as soon as we get home from our vacation.A favorite passage The food from Nonnas kitchen told a story, an epic and personal story of an island and a family It told the story of poverty, grief, love, and joy Her food spoke of malleability and resourcefulness in loss, in love, and in life She had learned how to turn subsistence living into abundance Readalikes Traveling with Ghosts A Memoir by Shannon Leone FowlerOnly in Naples Lessons in Food and Famiglia from My Italian Mother in Law by Katherine Wilson flag 11 likesLike see review Jul 22, 2019 Isa rated it really liked it A beautifully written testament of accepting life with all that life has to give, of lovelove for another human being, love for parents, love for children and love for one s origins and birth place flag 8 likesLike see review Apr 16, 2019 Jodie rated it it was amazing Shelves book club suggestions 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 flag 8 likesLike see review May 29, 2019 Mellie Antoinette rated it really liked it Life is still revealing itself to you Be open to it This was a beautiful memoir about grief, the aftermath of loss and ultimately the gut wrenching steps it takes to carry it all forward into the future With sunny hints of a Sicilian sky slipping through, tomatoes roasting on the stove and almonds to crack in the warm summer heat, it s amazing how Tembi sewed the comforting hints of food and otherness that second sense of self that happens when we lose a piece of our soul into her jour Life is still revealing itself to you Be open to it This was a beautiful memoir about grief, the aftermath of loss and ultimately the gut wrenching steps it takes to carry it all forward into the future With sunny hints of a Sicilian sky slipping through, tomatoes roasting on the stove and almonds to crack in the warm summer heat, it s amazing how Tembi sewed the comforting hints of food and otherness that second sense of self that happens when we lose a piece of our soul into her journey back to the every day of the life she lives Coincidence and fate are two words for the same phenomenon Although she s a long way from her own personal magic hour, she is building it, one brick, one smile, one memory at time I really enjoyed this one flag 8 likesLike see review May 25, 2019 Sylvia rated it liked it 3.5 I think that Reese and I do not have the same taste This is the second of her book club picks that I felt was just ok Parts of this were wonderful, beautifully written, moved me to tears But large sections were slow and a little too sentimental There were meant times I was counting the pages to see when it would end I intimately know grief and I ve read other books that fully embrace the experience and strongly echoed my experience This was not that book flag 8 likesLike see review May 21, 2019 Stacey A Prose and Palate rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019 reads She had said so many things, things that were hard to hear, harder still to push through Things the therapist and books all said were very normal When those moments happened, when the grief was too big and it threatened to buckle the frame of the house, we d often go to the back yard of our house and lie on the grass, put our bodies prostrate on the earth On the blanket looking at the stars, I would tell her to give her hurt to the stars They could take it I told her she could say anything She had said so many things, things that were hard to hear, harder still to push through Things the therapist and books all said were very normal When those moments happened, when the grief was too big and it threatened to buckle the frame of the house, we d often go to the back yard of our house and lie on the grass, put our bodies prostrate on the earth On the blanket looking at the stars, I would tell her to give her hurt to the stars They could take it I told her she could say anything to them She could cry, she could scream, she could curse, anything she felt She often said only one thing Babbo, you should not have left me I have unintentionallly put myself through the emotional ringer this month reading so many back to back books regarding death and grief, but it has turned out to be an incredibly cathartic experience for me When I read the above passage from Tembi Locke s emotional memoir, it immediately brought tears to my eyes because it is something that I think is always on your lips when you lose a parent whether you are coping as a 7 year old daughter or a daughter who is 42 we think you should not have left me We want our loved ones to always be with us, and no matter how old we are, it always seems incomprehensible and unbearable when it comes time to have to say goodbye.From Scratch is the heartbreakingly, gorgeous debut that Reese Witherspoon selected as her May read for her Hello Sunshine Book Club pick It is a meditation on love, family, loss, and navigating overwhelming grief It is an honest testament of what is is like to care for someone with a terminal illness, and highlights the struggle of adjusting to becoming a family of 2 instead of 3.And then there s the food I LOVED how food was infused all through out this story Here in the South, food is definitely a love language and I related so much to the scenes where Tembi and her in laws come together and find comfort and connection in the kitchen But most of all, this book is a love letter to those we cherish and who leave us too soon All the stars flag 8 likesLike see review Jun 14, 2019 Holly rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 From Scratch is a beautiful story that moves through love, loss and moving on While sad and heartbreaking, it is also a testament to love, family and community We meet Saro and witness a very moving romance between him and Tembi The love they share is so strong that it overcomes thousands of miles of separation When Saro becomes ill, their love provides strength and courage The writing is exceptional and lyrical The descriptions of the food and scenery are wonderful I highly recommend Fro From Scratch is a beautiful story that moves through love, loss and moving on While sad and heartbreaking, it is also a testament to love, family and community We meet Saro and witness a very moving romance between him and Tembi The love they share is so strong that it overcomes thousands of miles of separation When Saro becomes ill, their love provides strength and courage The writing is exceptional and lyrical The descriptions of the food and scenery are wonderful I highly recommend From Scratch flag 8 likesLike see review May 09, 2019 Marianne Fokas rated it it was amazing I loved this book It appealed to me on many levels, I am of Italian heritage and my husband also died from cancer I thought her writing was beautiful and the feelings expressed were so real and spot on when it comes to caregiving, and grief It is also a story about healing and the love of family And the food, Tembi had my mouth watering on so many occasions I was so happy to see the included recipes I plan on trying a lot of them Wonderful debut novel flag 6 likesLike see review May 07, 2019 Lisa rated it it was amazing Am I the only one who sometimes actually mourns the end of a book My own healing from loss took me to Italy a few years ago This book spoke to me in so many aspects and touched on that journey to Italy once again flag 6 likesLike see review Jun 29, 2019 Robin rated it it was amazing Amazing book One of best memoirs I ve ever read Ever flag 5 likesLike see review May 20, 2019 Mikala Hill rated it it was ok Shelves book club In all fairness, I am not the memoir type But I was rooting for this one It started off strongand then drug on until the end Bummer flag 7 likesLike see review May 16, 2019 Jude NYJudester Fricano rated it it was ok review of another edition I wanted to love this book Sicily, food, culture, family, love but unfortunately I did not The story was too drawn out, too much forced drama There were parts that made me smile, other parts I rolled my eyes I wish I loved it I just didn t feel it flag 6 likesLike see review Jun 05, 2019 Sarah rated it liked it Shelves hello sunshine The story she had to tell was compelling but it was overwritten It seemed like her prose was trying too hard flag 7 likesLike see review May 27, 2019 Laura rated it really liked it A beautifully written memoir The recollection of a love that travels from one continent to another and back again A must read flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments May 01, 2019 2TReads rated it really liked it 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 flag 4 likesLike see review May 29, 2019 Vanessa rated it really liked it Beautifully written flag 4 likesLike see review Jun 06, 2019 Mary Dowsett rated it really liked it Sad, though the story was, I enjoyed the warmth and tenderness that bonded the family together A touching life story flag 4 likesLike see review May 11, 2019 Sandra rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019 what i read this year Exquisite I listened to the audible version narrated by the author and it was beautifully peppered with gorgeous Italian language Tembi Locke s effortless flow from English to Italian accented phrases hooked me immediately Her story was crafted in lyrical, romantic prose I fell in love with every single word she told I loved that Aliminusa, Sicily was a central character in the story I felt like I was there, her descriptions of the area, the food, the taste of Italian food left me longing Exquisite I listened to the audible version narrated by the author and it was beautifully peppered with gorgeous Italian language Tembi Locke s effortless flow from English to Italian accented phrases hooked me immediately Her story was crafted in lyrical, romantic prose I fell in love with every single word she told I loved that Aliminusa, Sicily was a central character in the story I felt like I was there, her descriptions of the area, the food, the taste of Italian food left me longing for a trip of my own This was so much than a love story, this woman s amazing strength and character shone through in the humblest form She intricately demonstrated her vulnerability, strength, boldness, courage, love, and perseverance in such a beautiful, unpretentious and modest way I don t know Tembi s work as an actress but she definitely has a gift at writing I would love to read Her writing made me feel like she was just a friend in my living room, telling me about her life When it was over, I wanted to sit with her and drink a glass of wine, pour over her family s photographs, hear stories, and ask a ton of questions I wanted to know about her life now, how her daughter is, does she still visit every summer, is Nonna still living I wanted to hug her and thank her for sharing her beautiful story Selfishly, I really wish the book had included some photographs but I looked up a youtube interview and during it, they flashed several pictures Beautiful I flag 4 likesLike see review May 29, 2019 Lori Palmer Palmers Page Turners rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019 library love challenge, rw book club I loved everything about this book Tembi is a beautiful writer her book made me feel like I could sit down with her and have coffee and talk for hours The book made me smile and made me cry the story of Saro s cancer is heartbreaking Tembi beautifully describes their life together, and writes honestly about her grief I haven t lost a spouse, but have experienced the loss of a parent, and related to Tembi s feelings, thoughts, anxieties, and behaviors throughout this book Of course, this b I loved everything about this book Tembi is a beautiful writer her book made me feel like I could sit down with her and have coffee and talk for hours The book made me smile and made me cry the story of Saro s cancer is heartbreaking Tembi beautifully describes their life together, and writes honestly about her grief I haven t lost a spouse, but have experienced the loss of a parent, and related to Tembi s feelings, thoughts, anxieties, and behaviors throughout this book Of course, this book cemented my desire to visit Italy her descriptions of the food throughout this book were amazing You will definitely want all the pasta while reading this book What I love about Italian and Sicilian culture is how their lives center around food This book also increased my desire to learn Italian One of the aspects of this book that I loved the most was her relationship with her mother in law, whom she referred to as Nonna Italian for grandmother When she and Saro first were together and even when they were married, their relationship with her and Saro s father was rough While they did reconcile while Saro was still alive, it amazed me how close Tembi became with Nonna after Saro s death Given their rocky relationship at first, I m sure it was so difficult and overwhelming for her to connect with them without Saro The love that Nonna showed Tembi and Zoela was inspiring as well.This book was the May pick for Reese Witherspoon s book club and easily her best pick of 2019 so far I m so thankful to be following along with this book club, otherwise I may not have read this beautiful book flag 3 likesLike see review Jun 14, 2019 Onceinabluemoon rated it it was amazing what a gorgeous, lush, rich memoir written from such an eloquent heart I don t watch tv so not familiar with her name, but she is an exquisite author with such a powerful magic of the written word I cannot imagine her loss and struggles, but she brought me to tears quickly She was able to share the depth of her Sicilian family deep into my bones, coming from a cold English family, I relished the love and traditions passed down through generations She has written an excellent memoir for her d what a gorgeous, lush, rich memoir written from such an eloquent heart I don t watch tv so not familiar with her name, but she is an exquisite author with such a powerful magic of the written word I cannot imagine her loss and struggles, but she brought me to tears quickly She was able to share the depth of her Sicilian family deep into my bones, coming from a cold English family, I relished the love and traditions passed down through generations She has written an excellent memoir for her daughter to cherish throughout her entire life, knowing how much her father and mother always adored her I listened to the audio, she is a heartfelt reader, I am still in the queue for the library book, I look forward to seeing any photos she may have shared I wish her great happiness to come in her future, she has so much to offer flag 3 likesLike see review Jul 18, 2019 Amanda rated it it was amazing Shelves 2010s, 2019bnsummerreads I think I just spent my whole afternoon crying tears of grief, tears of joy Thanks for the ride flag 3 likesLike see review May 26, 2019 Andrea Bolton rated it it was amazing review of another edition It s one thing to have experienced the life and love of Tembi Locke, but to be able to share it with the world as she has done, is truly remarkable Her story and her writing are so emotional and beautiful flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Aug 11, 2019 Scilla rated it it was amazing Amazing I am not a memoir genre reader, but this was easy and so entertaining I loved hearing Tembi s stories from Sicily Reads as though your girlfriend is just talking to you about her life experiences For those fans of Elena Ferrante you will feel the same old world feel while reading this memoir I come from a portuguese background in Sao Miguel and even though the language and people are different it has reminded me of stories I ve heard of my parents growing up from humble beginnings Amazing I am not a memoir genre reader, but this was easy and so entertaining I loved hearing Tembi s stories from Sicily Reads as though your girlfriend is just talking to you about her life experiences For those fans of Elena Ferrante you will feel the same old world feel while reading this memoir I come from a portuguese background in Sao Miguel and even though the language and people are different it has reminded me of stories I ve heard of my parents growing up from humble beginnings Definitely a 5 , but bring on the tissues flag 4 likesLike see review May 12, 2019 Brittany Petersen thecontinuingchronicles rated it liked it Shelves non fiction, 2019 reads Rating 3.5 5I know there are many who hesitate to rate memoirs as they feel as if they are rating the author s experiences In reality, however, we are rating the way the author relates these experiences How they tell their story and weave their narrative I am a firm believer that even the most dry of stories can be made fascinating if told from the lips of a talented storyteller And Tembi Locke is definitely gifted with words.With beautiful prose, she weaves a tale of love and loss, jumping Rating 3.5 5I know there are many who hesitate to rate memoirs as they feel as if they are rating the author s experiences In reality, however, we are rating the way the author relates these experiences How they tell their story and weave their narrative I am a firm believer that even the most dry of stories can be made fascinating if told from the lips of a talented storyteller And Tembi Locke is definitely gifted with words.With beautiful prose, she weaves a tale of love and loss, jumping back in forth in time from when she first meets Saro, to the present day when she is learning how to live without him She discusses the obstacles overcame as Saro s traditional Sicilian family disapproved of his relationship with an American black woman, and the long, painful fight they endured as Saro battled cancel She describes the joy they felt as they adopted a baby girl, and the paralyzing grief as she watched him take his last breath She details the growth of her relationship with Saro s mother, and how Sicily became a second home to her, one where she could not only be close with Saro, but learn how to be both a single parent, and a single woman after two decades of being with her soulmate.I found this to be such a touching story One about love and loss, but about family, and learning to move on in the wake of insurmountable grief Tembi makes us fall in love with Saro and mourn his passing She makes us feel anger at his family for being so incredibly narrow minded and traditional to the point of losing their son She also educates us on Italian and Sicilian culture and perhaps most obviously, makes us hungry for the authentic Italian cuisine.Though this might not have normally been a book I would have chosen for myself, or one that I was particularly drawn to, I am glad I was able to hear their story and I definitely recommend if you enjoy memoirs flag 3 likesLike see review May 17, 2019 Carolyn Hedges rated it it was amazing Shelves audio books This is a book you have to hear Author Tembi Locke narrates her story in such a beautiful way The heartbreaking loss, the gorgeous Italian and the lush discoveries are part of her and the story has that extra layer in her voice I rarely give 5 stars but this book conjured up so much beauty and emotion that it was than listening to an audiobook it took me to another place and unlocked worries and love I didn t realize I had So well done flag 3 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity IBIS Read and Review From Scratch by Tembi Locke 3 8 May 19, 2019 09 17AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Genres Nonfiction 93 users Autobiography Memoir 88 users See top shelves About Tembi Locke Tembi Locke 199 followers As an actor, I started my onscreen career with the iconic comedy The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Today you can find me in roles on The Magicians, Proven Innocent, NCIS LA to name a few or on the big screen in the upcoming feature film, The Obituary of Tunde Johnson 2019 I love my acting career and, at the center of my work on set, there is always a commitment to story and the complexity of being As an actor, I started my onscreen career with the iconic comedy The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Today you can find me in roles on The Magicians, Proven Innocent, NCIS LA to name a few or on the big screen in the upcoming feature film, The Obituary of Tunde Johnson 2019 I love my acting career and, at the center of my work on set, there is always a commitment to story and the complexity of being human.My writing life took root at a very young age In third grade, I wrote a short story about a girl with a magical blanket My mom loved it and, well, I was off to the races I journaled and I took writing classes for my own personal growth and expression But when I lost my husband, Saro, after long battle with cancer, the narrative of my life and all that writing began to feel like a memoir Now, my first book, From Scratch, comes to bookstores in 2019 I couldn t be thrilledYou might say my advocacy work began with my parents They always tried to encourage me to do my part in realizing a just and humane world Today, my advocacy is grounded in the very personal experience of caring for and losing someone I love I advocate for better care for caregivers and families I speak on loss, resilience and connection when it matters most I ve given a TEDx talk, keynotes around the country and am an ambassador to organizations doing the vital work of changing our systems and society for the better.When I m not writing or working on set, you ll often find me in the kitchen cooking with my daughter Home is the place we reconnect, catch up on movies and books And we cook lots of Sicilian food inspired by my late husband and our home away from home, Sicily Each summer we travel there to power down, take long walks and eat a ridiculous amount of gelato seaside to the gorgeous Mediterranean Because, as one of my favorite Sicilian writers, Leonardo Sciascia, said, all of Sicily is a dimension of the imagination Trivia About From Scratch A M No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now Quotes from From Scratch A M 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 2 likes The connection you are creating here is like a flower It requires soil and sun things that, thanks to God, are given freely But it is you, all of us, who has to water the flower to make it grow, Without water, all relations remain small They can t open, and eventually die 2 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 2064, 2439, 1361, 365, 221 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors ads blog API Connect 2019 , Inc Mobile version

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    From scratch Idioms by The Free Dictionaryhttps idiomsefreedictionary from scratch from scratch Entirely without the aid of something that is already prepared or in existence Refers to making something, usually food, from the raw or base ingredients or components, rather than those that have been preassembled or already partially completed She doesn t have time to make cupcakes from scratch, so I m sure they re from a box. From Scratch A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home https book show 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. From Scratch A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home https Scratch Memoir Love Sicily Finding dp Apr , From Scratch is a beautiful story of a deep love, the flavor of food, and the heartbreaking grief that follows when one loses a spouse It s also the story of Tempi s strength as she walks through the fog of grief and into the light of a new beginning. FROM SCRATCH meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionaryhttps dictionarymbridge dictionary english from scratch from scratch definition from the beginning, without using anything that already exists completely from the Learn . from scratch ridgewood fresh homemade italian everythinghttps fromscratchridgewood from scratch ridgewood offers an italian grocery bistro, dinner delivery, bakery items, cooking lessons, catering and Stop by E Ridgewood Ave.

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    About "Tembi Locke"

    1. Tembi Locke

      As an actor, I started my onscreen career with the iconic comedy The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Today you can find me in roles on The Magicians, Proven Innocent, NCIS LA to name a few or on the big screen in the upcoming feature film, The Obituary of Tunde Johnson 2019 I love my acting career and, at the center of my work on set, there is always a commitment to story and the complexity of being As an actor, I started my onscreen career with the iconic comedy The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Today you can find me in roles on The Magicians, Proven Innocent, NCIS LA to name a few or on the big screen in the upcoming feature film, The Obituary of Tunde Johnson 2019 I love my acting career and, at the center of my work on set, there is always a commitment to story and the complexity of being human.My writing life took root at a very young age In third grade, I wrote a short story about a girl with a magical blanket My mom loved it and, well, I was off to the races I journaled and I took writing classes for my own personal growth and expression But when I lost my husband, Saro, after long battle with cancer, the narrative of my life and all that writing began to feel like a memoir Now, my first book, From Scratch, comes to bookstores in 2019 I couldn t be thrilledYou might say my advocacy work began with my parents They always tried to encourage me to do my part in realizing a just and humane world Today, my advocacy is grounded in the very personal experience of caring for and losing someone I love I advocate for better care for caregivers and families I speak on loss, resilience and connection when it matters most I ve given a TEDx talk, keynotes around the country and am an ambassador to organizations doing the vital work of changing our systems and society for the better.When I m not writing or working on set, you ll often find me in the kitchen cooking with my daughter Home is the place we reconnect, catch up on movies and books And we cook lots of Sicilian food inspired by my late husband and our home away from home, Sicily Each summer we travel there to power down, take long walks and eat a ridiculous amount of gelato seaside to the gorgeous Mediterranean Because, as one of my favorite Sicilian writers, Leonardo Sciascia, said, all of Sicily is a dimension of the imagination

    509 thoughts on “From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home”

    1. 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.


    2. From Scratch a Memoir This was an assignment from Reese W and Hello, Sunshine Good thing, too, because this is not one I would have picked up and read, given my own choosing algorithms But this was an interesting story, with all the happy accidents that result in real living as opposed to fictionally contrived situations to fit plot points , full of crazy coincidences for which we make up plots, intervening characters engaged in divine and or devilish interferences, with promises of ha From Scra [...]


    3. That morning I wanted nothing 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 [...]


    4. Probably would have given this book 2 stars, except that the writing really is beautiful It just wasn t what I expected This is a memoir about loss, period If that s what you re here for, then you will likely get a lot out of it, but it wasn t what I was hoping for at this particular moment in my life.


    5. I really wanted to like this, to connect with someone else who has felt grief, but it fell incredibly flat The way it was written, I wasn t able to connect with the characters, and there was no plot It was simply a sad woman who ate pasta I expected to follow their love story and then feel the loss, grieving alongside Tembi, but it never happened.


    6. This was the perfect book for me to read during a week in Italy Not only is it set largely in Sicily, but it ticks a lot of boxes in terms of my reading interests food, travel, bereavement, and the challenges of being an American overseas During a semester abroad in Florence, Tembi Locke an actress I was previously unfamiliar with met and fell in love with Saro Gullo, an Italian chef His parents could hardly accept him marrying someone from outside of Sicily, let alone a black woman from T This [...]


    7. A beautifully written testament of accepting life with all that life has to give, of lovelove for another human being, love for parents, love for children and love for one s origins and birth place.


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