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From Scratch I loved this book It appealed to me on many levels, I am of Italian heritage and my husband also died from cancer I thought her writing was beautiful and the feelings expressed were so real and spot on when it comes t This was the perfect book for me to read during a week in Italy Not only is it set largely in Sicily, but it ticks a lot of boxes in terms of my reading interests food, travel, bereavement, and the challenges of being an American overseas During a semester abroad in Florence, Tembi Locke an actress I was previously unfamiliar with met and fell in love with Saro Gullo, an Italian chef His parents could hardly accept him marrying someone from outside of Sicily, let alone a black woman from Texas, and refused to attend their wedding But as the years passed they softened towards Locke, who gradually became accepted in Saro s hometown of Aliminusa.In fact, after Saro s death from bone cancer in 2012, she became like a second daughter to Saro s mother the book focuses on the three summers in a row when she and her adopted daughter Zoela traveled to the family home in Sicily to stay with Nonna That first year they brought over some of Saro s ashes, and though in each year that followed the sadness hadn t truly dissipated, there was still, somehow, joy in the simplicity of the Sicilian way of life, in her hard won accep 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 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 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. Probably would have given this book 2 stars, except that the writing really is beautiful It just wasn t what I expected This is a memoir about loss, period If that s what you re here for, then you will likely get a lot out I really wanted to like this, to connect with someone else who has felt grief, but it fell incredibly flat The way it was written, I wasn t able to connect with the characters, and there was no plot It was simply a sad woman who ate pasta I expected to follow their l The love story of Tembi and Saro is one of passion, commitment, and everlasting love Not since Paul Kalanithi s When Breath Becomes Air have I been so moved by a book Tembi Locke conveys passion and sincerity which is deeply felt on each and every page It is articulate, vulnerable and full of She had said so many things, things that were hard to hear, harder still to push through Things the therapist and books all said were very normal When those moments happened, when the grief was too big and it threatened to buckle the frame of the house, we d often go to the back yard of our house and lie on the grass, put our bodies prostrate on the earth On the blanket looking at the stars, I would tell her to give her hurt to the stars They could take it I told her she could say anything to them She could cry, she could scream, she could curse, anything she felt She often said only one thing Babbo, you should not have left me I have unintentionallly put myself through the emotional ringer this month reading so many back to back books regarding death and grief, but it has turned out to be an incredibly cathartic experience for me When I read the above passage from Tembi Locke s emotional memoir, it immediately brought tears to my eyes because it is something that I think is always on your lips when you lose a parent whether you are coping as a 7 year old daughter or a daughter who is 42 we think you should not have left me We want our loved ones to always be with us, and no matter how old we are, it always seems incomprehensible and unbearable when it comes time to have to say goodbye.From Scratch is the heartbreakingly, gorgeous debut that Reese Witherspoon selected as her May read for her Hello Sunshi From Scratch is a beautiful story that moves through love, loss and moving on While sad and heartbreaking, it is also a testament to love, family and community We meet Saro and witness a very moving romance between him and Tembi The love they share is so strong that it overcomes thousands of miles of separation When Saro becomes ill, their love provides strength an From Scratch a Memoir This was an assignment from Reese W and Hello, Sunshine Good thing, too, because this is not one I would have picked up and read, given my own choosing algorithms But this was an interesting story, with all the happy accidents that result in real living as opposed to fictionally contrived situations to fit plot points , full of crazy coincidences for which we make up plots, intervening characters engaged in divine and or devilish interferences, with promises of happy endings, or dire dooms.More than anything this put me in a contemplative mood thinking semi dark thoughts wrapped in various themes of all beginnings have an end George Carlin once said It s inevitable when you buy the pet You re supposed to know it in the pet shop It s going to end badly You are purchasing a small tragedy That s got to be true about every one of our relationships, from the most precious to the ones about which we are most indifferent So is the business of life the educating all of us about transitions and reconciling ourselves to being in the moment, and then just as wholly, moving on Moving on with history that is not allowed to overwhelm or overlimit So difficult to box up meanings, but beyond the telling of a love life story, this is my take away from Ms Locke s book.Still pondering on it, and have picked up a few books with similar themes maybe my algorithms need tweaking Or not.Lovely writing about her trave That morning I wanted nothing than to know that it was possible for me to feel alive, fully alive again The half living of life after loss was shifting I wanted to be reminded of the bounty of life Oh this precious little book touched my heart I was tearing up at the prologue Through Tembi s words you can feel the love she has for her family.I know first hand the challenges of


About the Author: Tembi Locke

As an actor, I started my onscreen career with the iconic comedy The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Today you can find me in roles on The Magicians, Proven Innocent, NCIS LA to name a few or on the big screen in the upcoming feature film, The Obituary of Tunde Johnson 2019 I love my acting career and, at the center of my work on set, there is always a commitment to story and the complexity of being


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