Add free shipping to your order with these great books
From Scratch : A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home - Tembi Locke

From Scratch

A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home

By: Tembi Locke

Paperback | 1 March 2020

At a Glance

Paperback


RRP $29.99

$21.35

29%OFF

In Stock and Aims to ship next day
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.

About the Author

Tembi Locke is an accomplished actor who has appeared in over sixty television shows and films, including The Magicians, NCIS: LA, Animal Kingdom, and Dumb and Dumber To. She is also a TEDx speaker. Her talk, What Forty Steps Taught Me About Love and Grief, traces her journey as a cancer caregiver. She is the creative voice behind The Kitchen Widow, an online grief support community that has received mentions in The New York Times and The Guardian. The author of From Scratch, she lives in Los Angeles with her young daughter, but can be found each summer on the island of Sicily.
Industry Reviews
“This beautiful memoir takes us on Tembi’s personal journey of love, parenthood, and ultimately the loss of her husband, Saro. She learns to heal in the most beautiful way—through the support of three generations of women—and yes, there’s Italian food. Lots and lots of Italian food!”—Reese Witherspoon

More in Biographies

You Never Know : A Memoir - Tom Selleck

RRP $35.99

$32.50

10%
OFF
Down With the System : A Memoir (Of Sorts) - Serj Tankian
Entrances and Exits - Michael Richards

RRP $34.99

$31.75

My My! : ABBA Through the Ages - Giles Smith

RRP $34.99

$31.75

Hazzard and Harrower : The letters - Brigitta Olubas

RRP $39.99

$35.35

12%
OFF
Because I Love Him - Ashlee Donohue

RRP $27.99

$26.50

SpaceX : Elon Musk and the Final Frontier - Brad Bergan

RRP $69.99

$60.50

14%
OFF
The Life of Dai - Dai Henwood

RRP $34.99

$31.75

Strange Little Girl - Jessica Knight

RRP $36.99

$33.25

10%
OFF
Artful Lives : The Cohen Sisters - Penny Olsen

RRP $39.99

$35.35

12%
OFF
Uses for Obsession : A Chef's Memoir - Ben Shewry

RRP $36.99

$33.25

10%
OFF
Freedom, Only Freedom : The Prison Writings of Behrouz Boochani - Behrouz Boochani