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Made From Scratch: A Memoir | [Sandra Lee]

Made From Scratch: A Memoir

The true story of how celebrity chef Sandra Lee went from being raised on food stamps to starring in her own TV show, Semi-Homemade Cooking, on the Food Network. This powerful, emotional, and astonishing story will inspire anyone who has faced adversity to overcome challenges and persevere. Sandra's candid account of her personal journey offers a rare glimpse into the life of the woman behind the phenomenal success of Semi-Homemade.
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Publisher's Summary

The true story of how celebrity chef Sandra Lee went from being raised on food stamps to starring in her own TV show, Semi-Homemade Cooking, on the Food Network. This powerful, emotional, and astonishing story will inspire anyone who has faced adversity to overcome challenges and persevere. Sandra's candid account of her personal journey offers a rare glimpse into the life of the woman behind the phenomenal success of Semi-Homemade.

Smart, witty, and moving, Made From Scratch is an uplifting tale of determination and survival. Sandra is stunningly open about her abusive childhood and the responsibility thrust upon her at an early age to be the caretaker of her family. Through a series of tragedies and challenges, she painfully discovered that we are all learned to be a self-sufficient and independent woman.

After moving to Wisconsin at 15 to live with her father, an unexpected tragedy and the fallout from his mistakes required her to get her own apartment while still in high school. At 21, Sandra moved to Los Angeles, working with the gritty resolve and make-do skills she learned as a child, she became a millionaire by the time she was 25, only to lose her fortune before the age of 30 and have to start all over again. Sandra started Semi-Homemade, smarter and wiser from her past mistakes, and has never looked back.

Now dedicated to helping others through various charities and foundations, Sandra is committed to aiding and inspiring people to reach their dreams. Her unforgettable story will show that if she can do it, you can too. Made From Scratch will make you laugh, cry, think, and embrace the grace and glory in every day. Sometimes feisty but always sincere, Made From Scratch has all of the ingredients that make up the recipe of a courageous life and remarkable success.

©2007 Sandra Lee; (P)2007 Phoenix Books, Inc.

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    Ann Sterling, VA, United States 11-12-11
    Ann Sterling, VA, United States 11-12-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Good story! but she's not the Aussie Sandra!"

    This is an interesting, somewhat inspiring memoir, read very nicely by the author. Not great or earth-shaking, but really quite interesting hearing all the details about how she was able to climb from low to high. A really nice aspect was how I felt I could relate - how I could feel I was in her shoes with her struggles & successes.

    Her start as a child was ugly and difficult, but not as horrific as she seems to think it was - more dysfunctional (yes, very much so) than disastrous. It does indeed have the appearance of less than auspicious beginnings, but this is true of many who rise to great heights. And not everyone is fortunate enough to have the unwavering support she had from her grandmother, even if often from afar. Having someone who believes in you and to whom you can always turn IS a blessing common to those who work their way up from great depths to great success, and many acknowledge and remark that they would not have succeeded without that grace.

    Likewise, her successes appear to be made in no small part of incredible good fortune - I was rather amazed at how she rather "magically" transformed what seemed (to me, at least) as a rather mundane and relatively common talent into a blockbuster. She started by selling a window dressing - what I marveled at more than her talent, hard work (she DID work very hard), and business savvy, was how many people wanted window dressings, to be her customers!! I had no idea!! Then again, I'm not at all familiar with her work, maybe it's beyond fabulous. In fact, I'm not familiar with her at all, had never heard of her before. (Maybe because I don't watch TV?)

    Which brings me to a very salient point: She is, as far as I can tell, NOT the same Sandra Lee who wrote some incredible Australian non-fiction stories available here on Audible.com!! THIS Sandra Lee, here on this page, seems like a nice enough person with good story to tell, and her book is in fact well-written and she's done an admirable job narrating it - but no hint that she is associated with those other books - nor Australia!! Just a heads-up to anyone who, like I did, thinks they are the same Sandra Lee - they are not! But still a worthwhile book, make no mistake!! I would, in fact, recommend it to anyone who IS looking for the American homemaker-TV personality Sandra Lee!! It's a good story!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janie United States 05-05-12
    Janie United States 05-05-12 Member Since 2010

    I want it to move fast. I really enjoyed HERO found and Sandra Lees Bio. I like fact and history. Don't like Some sing some cry, too slangy

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    "Inspiring"
    If you could sum up Made From Scratch in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring, humble, matter of fact


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Made From Scratch?

    her recognition of her mother's disregard for her


    What about Sandra Lee’s performance did you like?

    that she told her own story


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    just how much her short time with her grandma shaped the rest of her life


    Any additional comments?

    I liked how she started each chapter with someone's inspiration

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn buckingham, PA, United States 06-20-12
    Lynn buckingham, PA, United States 06-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Perfect"
    What made the experience of listening to Made From Scratch the most enjoyable?

    It was nice to have Sandra Lee read her own story. Sandra's story was straight to the point without having all the added drama. Very nice!


    Have you listened to any of Sandra Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any of Sandra Lee's other stories


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Her honesty, and talking about her grandmother passing on.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for a story that was straight to the point without the added bonus of extra drama!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    david Winston Salem, NC, United States 12-28-11
    david Winston Salem, NC, United States 12-28-11

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    "An Excellent Rags to Riches Story"

    A friend of mine suggested reading this book. Prior to that I had never heard of Sandra Lee. This is a pretty good rags to riches story. She overcame some really serious challenges in her life with hard work, risk taking and a lot a moxie. She did get some good breaks too. But, she was smart enough to take advantage of them when they came along.

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    Sue Oklahoma City, OK, United States 04-08-11
    Sue Oklahoma City, OK, United States 04-08-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Listen"

    Enjoyed it a lot, it was interesting to see the human spirit can overcome difficulties and move foreward.

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