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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 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)
Non-member price: $39.00
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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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  • Michael
  • 11-05-2019

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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  • sarah m vazquez
  • 11-05-2019

Beautifully written!!

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

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  • Mary Medlin
  • 13-05-2019

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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  • Chloe Todd
  • 11-05-2019

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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  • E. Bishop-Becker
  • 20-05-2019

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-05-2019

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-05-2019

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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  • Karen P
  • 18-05-2019

Beautiful but longer than needed

This is a beautiful story of a loving relationship and family adjusting to a heartbreaking loss. I enjoyed visualizing Sicily and the characters but it got excruciatingly detailed in the latter part and I found myself fast forwarding through pieces.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-05-2019

Amazing!

This book was Amazing! I didn't want it to end. Loved it! Many blessings Tembi.

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  • Mona-Alisa
  • 17-05-2019

From Scratch

A remarkable story that is ideal for an audiobook. A story of an African American woman who weds a Sicilian man. Their families disapprove. A love story, a story of loss and finding how to move forward.