From Scratch - Tembi Locke

From Scratch

By Tembi Locke

  • Release Date: 2019-04-30
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 273 Ratings



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.


  • Stunning portrayal of grief, love, and family.

    By Deal Wit' It
    This novel’s heartbreakingly accurate portrayal of grief, combined with the honest and tumultuous depiction of how family can both build you up and tear you down, took me on a rollercoaster of emotions. I laughed and cried in turns while falling in love with each and every character. I can not recommend this book enough!
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    By Beanie1300
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  • Refreshing and different

    By great adventures are open
    I love that this speaks to a different view of Italy then the age old stories of mainstream romance novel, love and wish the author all the luck
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    By mÿy
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    By Nyein Nyein Naing
  • Just wow. Amazing writer. Beautiful story

    By @&123457@&
    I only got a chance to read the sample. Her story is so beautifully written. You can see and feel her experiences. It also gives you another look at Florence. I can’t wait til the whole book drops