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From Scratch

A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home
Narrated by: Tembi Locke
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (367 ratings)

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Publisher's 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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Tembi Locke (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Beautifully written!!

I was hooked from the beginning!! Highly recommend this beautiful memoir written genuinely from the author’s heart👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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  • Michael
  • Bellevue, WA, USA
  • 05-11-19

Loved it.

I have over 400 titles in my Audible library but only 3 of them are permanently on my phone. Now there are 4.

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Fantastic

I have literally listened to atleast a hundred books on Audible. This is by far one of the best. I would recommend it for sure.

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Feels Like Home.

I’ve been to Italy a few times. My brother lived in Bologna for five years. It’s my favorite of all the countries I have traveled. The people are welcoming. The food is homemade. The language wraps itself around my heart. Tembi captures everything I love about Italy. She dares to put her heart on her sleeve and bravely leaves it for all to see. Thank you for this magical, vulnerable story that makes me crave pasta, lentils, ricotta and mint. And, makes me hope to have a life that is as rich as yours.

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Exceptional Story!

This story made me FEEL. I felt her pain, her loss, her love, her rebirth. I felt everything and I highly recommend this book. I'm still in awe.

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Toooo die for, No pun intended

I was lost, in the story, in the love, in the food !!

That You for writing !! Go Girl !! More.......

And thank you for including recipes Yum... tk tk tk .. more than words can say

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Absolutely Gorgeous

I don't even know where to begin. I loved this memoir so much, and I can't stop recommending it to anyone who will listen. There was such power to everything Tembi wrote—it was raw and personal and deeply moving. The way that she describes grief rang true to me, and as someone who has lost their father she seems to be doing a beautiful job of keeping her husband's memory alive for their daughter.

Tembi's performance is remarkable. Her Italian is obviously impeccable, and it adds a sort of sweetness to the narrative, but the love for her family and for Sicily that's so evident in her voice is what truly elevates this listening experience. I cried. I smiled. I fell in love with Tembi. I fell in love with Saro. And I fell in love all over again with a country I once called home.

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Whole is less than the sum of its parts

I wanted (expected) to love this story. As a therapist who specializes in grief and loss, the mom of a biracial daughter, and a lover of Italy, I was drawn to this on a number of levels. But while the author's narration was engaging, the story was moving, and the descriptions of Italian food and culture were delectable, the whole simply didn't congeal. I'm sorry to say I got within a couple hours of the end and just quit. Maybe I'll get back to it again sometime. Disappointing.

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I didn't realize a 5 star book until this one!

I'm tremendously disappointed that I have other books 5 ratings. THIS is the 5 star rating book. I doubt many other books will deserve a 5 like this one does.

beautiful story, beautiful performance, beautiful writing

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heart felt of raw emotions!

loved the true raw feelings one goes through finding where we belong, who we love and who we fight for! thank you for sharing your story Tembi.

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  • Marcia J.
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Good for the soul

A beautiful story of life’s up and downs. Tembi paints such a beautiful picture of a little town in Sicily with its traditions and what everyday life looks life.