[Ebook] ↠ From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Loss, Food and Finding Home in the Sicilian Countryside Author Tembi Locke – Furosemidelasix.info

From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Loss, Food and Finding Home in the Sicilian Countryside 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 HourIt 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 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. Beautiful writing and narration by the author I visited Sicily in May 2019 and the author s descriptions brought it all flooding back Sicily has everything, beautiful vistas, gorgeous beaches, amazing architecture, delicious food wine, wonderful characters As I listened, I scribbled quotes on various scraps of paper, such as junk mail envelopes I wrote on anything I had to hand when I heard something that twanged my heart strings However, I appear to have mislaid most of them around my Beautiful writing and narration by the author I visited Sicily in May 2019 and the author s descriptions brought it all flooding back Sicily has everything, beautiful vistas, gorgeous beaches, amazing architecture, delicious food wine, wonderful characters As I listened, I scribbled quotes on various scraps of paper, such as junk mail envelopes I wrote on anything I had to hand when I heard something that twanged my heart strings However, I appear to have mislaid most of them around my home So, here is one of the quotes that so moved me it was clear that being with Saro had been like weaving a beautiful complicated tapestry After his death, being with his family was like looking at the flip side of that tapestry, the stitching showed, the bulky knots, the places where the fringe had frayed but it was still part of the same beautiful piece 9 26 19 Found another quote He was kryptonite sprinkled on a pizza, my personal weakness That morning I wanted nothingthan 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 I wanted nothingthan 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 cried I felt like I had traveled to Italy and ate all this delicious food It was the beautiful blending of two cultures through love and loss I highly recommend this unforgettable memoir What a beautiful tribute to love in all its forms, even the love you still feel when you are mourning That love is its own kind of love, as true, as powerful, as life shaping as the kind you d easily been able to express before everything changed I loved especially these lines on p 176 throughout life, we revisit the empty spaces That was her understanding of grief That we are always trying to reconcile memory with reality This is what it means to grieve to cherish still every mem What a beautiful tribute to love in all its forms, even the love you still feel when you are mourning That love is its own kind of love, as true, as powerful, as life shaping as the kind you d easily been able to express before everything changed I loved especially these lines on p 176 throughout life, we revisit the empty spaces That was her understanding of grief That we are always trying to reconcile memory with reality This is what it means to grieve to cherish still every memory within this new, raw and uncharted reality Tembi s memoir is perfectly structured, exquisitely rendered, achingly beautiful 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 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 fewbooks with similar themes maybe my algorithms need tweaking Or not.Lovely writing about her travels, family dynamics and how wacky those can be, the many forgivenesses time helps with in that area, and lots and lots of Sicilian cooking, tastes and pleasures 3.5 stars from me 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 wanted to love this book Sicily, food, culture, family, love but unfortunately I did not The story was too drawn out, too much forced drama There were parts that made me smile, other parts I rolled my eyes I wish I loved it I just didn t feel it. My actual stars would be much lower but I feel it s unfair to judge a book just because it s a type of book I dislike It was beautifully written and full of description that makes you want to be there The issue is that I don t read books to make myself sad There is enough sadness in the world without choosing to immerse yourself in it Others love these books and I didn t want my taste to taint the rating of a beautiful book. 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 symbolism I could not put this book down and highly recommend it Please note I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review which I have provided here.


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 human.My writing life took root at a very young age In third grade, I wrote a short story about a girl with a magical blanket My mom loved it and, well, I was off to the races I journaled and I took writing classes for my own personal growth and expression But when I lost my husband, Saro, after long battle with cancer, the narrative of my life and all that writing began to feel like a memoir Now, my first book, From Scratch, comes to bookstores in 2019 I couldn t bethrilledYou might say my advocacy work began with my parents They always tried to encourage me to do my part in realizing ajust and humane world Today, my advocacy is grounded in the very personal experience of caring for and losing someone I love I advocate for better care for caregivers and families I speak on loss, resilience and connection when it matters most I ve given a TEDx talk, keynotes around the country and am an ambassador to organizations doing the vital work of changing our systems and society for the better.When I m not writing or working on set, you ll often find me in the kitchen cooking with my daughter Home is the place we reconnect, catch up on movies and books And we cook lots of Sicilian food inspired by my late husband and our home away from home, Sicily Each summer we travel there to power down, take long walks and eat a ridiculous amount of gelato seaside to the gorgeous Mediterranean Because, as one of my favorite Sicilian writers, Leonardo Sciascia, said, all of Sicily is a dimension of the imagination.


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