A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA 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 F A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA 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 h
From Scratch A Memoir of Love Sicily and Finding Home A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA poignant and transporting cross cultural love story set against the lush backdrop of the Sicilian countryside whe
From the shores of California to an island in the Mediterranean, FROM SCRATCH is a rich, sensual reading experience Equal parts uplifting and devastating, it is a memoir of soul searching beauty As extraordinary and unique as Tembi Locke s life is, all readers will identify with the themes of love, family, and forgiveness Highly recommended.
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 ha From Scra [...]
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 learning to navigate the world again as a mom and widow so this book really hit home for me.I laughed I cr That morning [...]
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 of it, but it wasn t what I was hoping for at this particular moment in my life.
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 love story and then feel the loss, grieving alongside Tembi, but it never happened.
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 T This [...]
A beautifully written testament of accepting life with all that life has to give, of lovelove for another human being, love for parents, love for children and love for one s origins and birth place.