"From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home" by Tembi Locke

By Locke, Tembi

Reviewed by Julia

ISBN 9781501187667

From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home by Tembi Locke is one of the most moving memoirs I've ever read. Locke is a Black Texan who nurtures the memory of her late Sicilian chef husband Saro with the most beautiful care and writerly skill I have seen in writing from one’s life since Wild by Cheryl Strayed. It’s no secret I treasure books about women overcoming deep grief, transforming, traveling, thriving, and this is one of them!  A young love that begins in Italy crosses racial and geographical boundaries to form new beginnings as a couple in New York, marriage in Italy, and finally parenthood in Los Angeles. When cancer strikes repeatedly, the roles of caregiver and patient take over their lives. Saro's Sicilian parents (who once refused to attend their wedding) immediately fly to California and with deep affection take over cooking meals for their son and assist Locke's crossing into the threshold of widowhood as a single parent. She travels to Sicily finally with their young daughter in tow, learning to heal through wandering the landscape of her love's childhood.  Food is an integral part of this journey, and Locke is welcomed into the arms of this cultural heritage by her mother-in-law.  Not to be missed by lovers of food and meaningful memoir!  ~Julia

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