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- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (April 30, 2019)
- Publication Date: April 30, 2019
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07MGS7X6Y
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“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
“An utterly incandescent love story. Tembi Locke has written a deeply personal tale brimming with hope and inspiration. There is both great beauty to be found within loss, and also the opportunity for transformation for those who let life truly break them open. In this unforgettable memoir, Tembi shows us how powerful—and ultimately uplifting—that journey can be. You will be forever changed for having turned these pages.” —Claire Bidwell Smith, author of Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief
"How does your love for your husband grow as a newlywed, a wife, a caregiver, and a young widow? How do you survive a love that was worth waiting for out in the rain? To try, Tembi Locke climbs volcanoes, cooks, and communes with her husband’s family in a small town in Italy. Sicily, A Love Story is a heartbreaking, but reassuring memoir of forgiveness. And Locke is a strong, joyful woman; a veteran actor who it turns out is a poet." —Helen Ellis, bestselling author of American Housewife
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“In her literary debut, actor and TEDx speaker Locke offers a warm memoir of romance, wrenching loss, and healing...A captivating story of love lost and found.” —Kirkus Review
“Tembi Locke's moving, vivid memoir is an epic cross-cultural romance, a tragedy, a tale of self-discovery and, best of all, a testament to the simple healing powers of good food.” —Shelf Awareness
“Actress and TEDx speaker Locke movingly describes the process of grieving and finding solace during three summers in Italy after the death of her husband...Locke’s raw and heartfelt memoir will uplift readers suffering from the loss of their own loved ones.” —Publishers Weekly
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While studying abroad in Italy, Tembi meets Saro. Their relationship flourishes quickly and their epic love affair begins in the streets of Florence. In LA, they make a life together. It’s clouded by the knowledge that Saro’s parents don’t support his marriage to Tembi - a Black American. Saro’s rare cancer diagnosis is the beginning of their end. When he dies, Tembi must learn how to survive - for herself and for her daughter. The unexpected comforts of Saro’s Sicilian hometown, his mother, and her authentic cooking help net navigate grief and the vast possibilities of life after Saro.
This book is amazing - so heartbreaking and wonderfully written. The structure is uniquely dynamic, and Locke’s life stories are exceptionally interesting. Books that make me cry are my favorite, and this one made me weep. In particular, Locke’s descriptions of Saro’s final days left me breathless. A very compelling theme, belonging, is prevalent throughout the novel. Neither Tembi or her daughter are white or Sicilian, so they stick out like a sore thumb on their visits. Do they belong in Sicily or this family when Saro is no longer around to bridge the gap? Locke also plays with the connection between food, comfort, and growth quite a lot - it welcomes guests, cures sadness, and nourishes the body like nothing else can. Deeply symbolic and equally mouth-watering, I love this aspect of the book. From Scratch is such a special memoir. Beautifully written and exceptionally heartbreaking, I think it will touch your heart as it has mine.
From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home is Tembi Lockes’s story. You may recognize her name from television, movies, and Ted talks. She’s an actress as well as an advocate for comfort during times of illness and grief. At first I picked this book up because of the setting being in Italy. I like to read books set in places I’ll be traveling, and we’re cruising there this year. Within the first few pages, I realized this book had more to offer me than just a glimpse of where I’ll be visiting.
While she was working in Florence, Tembi met, fell in love, and married Saro, an Italian chef. Saro and his family taught her about food. Food from the fertile land, homemade tomato sauce, fresh made pasta, eggplant parmesan, olive oil made from olives grown on the family’s land, lemons, herbs, and so much more. Their love story is deep, having taken place between Los Angeles, where Tembi worked as an actress, and Sicily, where Saro was born and raised and worked as a chef.
Saro’s traditional Sicilian family wasn’t happy with him marrying a black American woman, and during the beginning of their marriage he was estranged from them. After Saro was diagnosed with cancer, his family moved back into his life. They also began to accept Tembi and their adopted baby girl, Zoela.
After Saro’s death, Tembi finds comfort by traveling with Zoela back to Sicily during the summer months. The book chronicles 3 of the summers. She creates a special bond with her mother-in-law, Nonna, as they walk through the grieving process. Grief from the death of a husband is something I’ve lived through in my life. I could relate to Tembi as she wrote about her suffering. I could remember the pain I endured.
I loved that many phrases were written in Italian, and reading in context I was able to understand the meaning. This was brilliant. The memoir includes recipes that Nonna taught Tembi to cook. In these recipes Tembi finds the healing power of food and family.
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.
I would have given it a five but at times it lagged and it could have been shorter. The development of relationships among the characters was compelling. This book is like a simmering pot of pasta sauce. It takes time to develop its depth of flavor. I do get impatient so maybe it's more me than the style of writing that wishes it moved a bit faster. I did love the ending. It would be great to see how the author 's life moved forward in the future. Congrats on a great book and my condolences on your loss. I hope you find love once again ... the romantic kind!
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Beware you will crave Sicilian food,cleverly there are recipes at the end of the book. I have tried them and they are delicious.
'I could see now that Saro had appeared in my life and almost instantly created form where there had only been space. 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 engaged life as two forks eating off one plate. Ready to listen, to look into the darkness and still see a thin filament of moon.' How beautiful. I can't wait to read some more.
I highly recommend this read