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From Scratch

By Tembi Locke
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Publisher Description

Now a limited Netflix series starring Zoe Saldana!

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.

86 Reviews

Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“Wow, just wow. I wasn’t sure what to expect since I had only seen previous of the Netflix series but it is such a beautiful story of true love, loss and learning to move forward. Beautifully written with descriptive details of delicious food made me want to travel to Italy.”
Diverse charactersOriginal charactersBeautifully writtenOriginal writingHeartbreakingRomanticBeautiful settingVividMade me cryMoving
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“I watched the limited series “From Scratch” on Netflix before the book, but reading the book felt like hearing Tembi’s heart wrenching but beautiful and full recount of her love with Saro for the first time. This book and her story is just “clenches heart” - no words. I admire and am in awe that she was able to document and recount the chapters of her life with and after him. How special it is that she will have their story with her and those who also read her story, with them forever.”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersBeautifully writtenEasy to readPoeticHeartbreakingRomanticTragicBeautiful settingVivid
Slightly Smiling Face“Tembi takes us with her on her tragic journey. This memoir was powerfully written. She’s a remarkable person to share her story with the world. I loved this book so deeply.”
Relatable charactersBeautifully writtenAddictiveRomanticDescriptiveMoving
Loudly Crying Face
Multi-layered charactersBeautifully writtenHeartbreakingBeautiful settingMeaningful
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes
Diverse charactersHeartbreakingRomanticBeautiful settingMade me cry

About Tembi Locke

Tembi Locke is an accomplished actor who has appeared in over sixty television shows and films, including The MagiciansNCIS: LAAnimal 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.

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