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Free ↠ From Scratch By Tembi Locke – ❮KINDLE❯ ❄ From Scratch ❁ Author Tembi Locke – 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 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 hourIt 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 isdelicious.

10 thoughts on “From Scratch

  1. SimitudeSims SimitudeSims says:

    My actual stars would be much lower but I feel it's unfair to judge a book just because it's a type of book I dislike It was beautifully written and full of description that makes you want to be there The issue is that I don't read books to make myself sad There is enough sadness in the world without choosing to immerse yourself in it Others love these books and I didn't want my taste to taint the rating of a beautiful book

  2. Erika Robuck Erika Robuck says:

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

  3. Julie Julie says:

    Beautiful writing and narration by the author I visited Sicily in May 2019 and the author's descriptions brought it all flooding back Sicily has everything beautiful vistas gorgeous beaches amazing architecture delicious food wine wonderful characters As I listened I scribbled uotes on various scraps of paper such as junk mail envelopes I wrote on anything I had to hand when I heard something that twanged my heart strings However I appear to have mislaid most of them around my home So here is one of the uotes that so moved meit was clear that being with Saro had been like weaving a beautiful complicated tapestry After his death being with his family was like looking at the flip side of that tapestry the stitching showed the bulky knots the places where the fringe had frayed but it was still part of the same beautiful piece92619 Found another uote He was kryptonite sprinkled on a pizza my personal weakness

  4. Jessie Jessie says:

    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

  5. Cortney Cortney says:

    “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 familyI know first hand the challenges of learning to navigate the world again as a mom and widow so this book really hit home for meI 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

  6. Moonkiszt Moonkiszt says:

    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 andor devilish interferences with promises of happy endings or dire doomsMore 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 lovelife story this is my take away from Ms Locke’s bookStill pondering on it and have picked up a few books with similar themes maybe my algorithms need tweaking Or notLovely 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 35 stars from me

  7. Susan Meissner Susan Meissner says:

    What a beautiful tribute to love in all its forms even the love you still feel when you are mourning That love is its own kind of love as true as powerful as life shaping as the kind you'd easily been able to express before everything changed I loved especially these lines on p 176 throughout life we revisit the empty spaces That was her understanding of grief That we are always trying to reconcile memory with reality This is what it means to grieve; to cherish still every memory within this new raw and uncharted reality Tembi's memoir is perfectly structured exuisitely rendered achingly beautiful

  8. Rachel Rachel says:

    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

  9. Jude (NYJudester) Fricano Jude (NYJudester) Fricano says:

    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

  10. Martie Nees Record Martie Nees Record says:

    Genre MemoirPublisher Simon SchusterPub Date April 30 2019I usually feel apprehensive when beginning a memoir There are hundreds of memoirs written usually ghostwritten often from those in the entertainment business Tembi Locke is an actress and I wondered if I was in for a poorly written vanity book From the first sentence I knew this was not going to be the case “In Sicily every story begins with a marriage or a death” I was already hooked The author is an African American from Texas Besides being a mom and an actress she is also an activist She meets her future Sicilian husband Saro when she is in college and doing a semester in Italy He is a chef who was born lives and works in a part of the world that holds onto their traditions with a firm grasp Even though the couple has their wedding reception in Italy his parents do not attend His father has forbidden anyone in his family from attending because his son is marrying a black non catholic woman Her parents gladly attended arriving in full Texan gear while dancing the Harlem Shuffle at the reception The author gives you enough information to make you wonder how could this bi racial cross cultural couple make it? Yet “He soothed the places I hadn't known needed soothing Together we had engaged life as two forks eating off one plate” Tembi writes as if her marriage was a great love affair “Our undoing was cancerPain is part of life That much I knew” However she makes it clear that nothing could prepare her for the years of caretaking and the crippling grief once Saro dies from the disease The entire book might have been an exercise in catharsis If so she made it work When Tembi returns to Sicily to bury Saro’s ashes she develops a new bond with her mother in law through the Sicilian food they prepare in Saro’s parents’ tiny kitchen She writes “Cooking is about surrender” In the tradition of “Like Water For Chocolate” “Scratch” is a recipe book and love story that is told through cooking a meal Tembi and her daughter come to spend their summers in Sicily and she embraces the slow paced lifestyle One of her favorite chores is after a meal joining the other village women to shake out their tablecloths—in the middle of the road—so not to attract ants into their home The author comes to know and understand her late husband’s family Okay there are some “Godfather” jokes but in the end a Sicilian neighbor who does not understand a syllable of English tells her family that their daughter Tembi “is one of us” As Tembi says “Sicily was the water and sun that fortified me to stand stronger in my life after loss” Locke’s memoir immediately reveals to the reader that she is a powerful storyteller She fills her book with sensory experiences of Sicily “The hot air was pregnant with jasmine and eucalyptus” Although the lyrical prose is glorious I sometimes found that the vivid imagery throughout the memoir took over her story I would have enjoyed reading less poetry on the wonders of Sicily to be fair she also educates her readers on its history and learned about the details of her married life in America which seems to have been skipped over I’m guessing this was done on purpose since the author’s tale is really about the salve that she found in Sicily Also sometimes the connection between food and kitchen wisdom was a bit too overplayed But who am I to contradict her memories and healing process? I devoured this book Once finished I could not wait to celebrate life by going into my own kitchen to boil water for pasta The author’s soul searching words make for a heartfelt memoir that is part devastating part uplifting and always a beautiful tribute to life and loveFind all my book reviews at

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