From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home

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From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home

From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home

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I wished Tembi would have written more about her time with Saro but instead it is focussed on her life in Italy after he passed away. One of her favorite chores is after a meal, joining the other village women to shake out their tablecloths—in the middle of the road—so not to attract ants into their home.

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. I would recommend this book written by a very brave woman who inspired me and told her story beautifully.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 had followed Saro’s suggestion and invited them, partly because I didn’t want to dine alone and partly because I was curious to see what Caroline and Lindsey thought of Saro. What I thought this book was going to be about and what it actually was about were two entirely different things. Here in the South, food is definitely a love language and I related so much to the scenes where Tembi and her in-laws come together and find comfort and connection in the kitchen. Now having to take him in the flesh—his eyes, nose, mouth, and gentle brow—made me rock back slightly on my heels.

So difficult to box up meanings, but beyond the telling of a love/life story, this is my take-away from Ms. The way she looked at me when it was over — I feel like she could understand her own life, which has been so informed by the loss of her uncle. Just send a semi-regular round up of reviews, things we find interesting, and Shannon’s beauty recommendations.Suddenly you start to remember the thing that was made, and you forget the original images," she said. The journey I was willing to take had no guidelines or examples I could look to in either my own life or the lives of my parents.

As was typical, she had dropped by in the afternoon and found me, scrub brush in hand, Billie Holiday mix tape on the boom box. First, Attica said it demonstrated that the sisters' parents had "intention" in selecting their daughters' names. 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. In Sicily, it is said that every story begins with a marriage or a death – in Tembi Locke's case, it is both.I was sure she had been praying for my salvation from the moment we had landed on Stromboli and Rocco had laid me down on volcanic sand. There were parts I couldn't wait to be over because she went on and on and on in a way that I couldn't empathize or connect with.

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