Life From Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness
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Witty, warm, and poignant, food blogger Sasha Martin's memoir about cooking her way to happiness and self-acceptance is a culinary journey like no other.
Over the course of 195 weeks, food writer and blogger Sasha Martin set out to cook—and eat—a meal from every country in the world. As cooking unlocked the memories of her rough-and-tumble childhood and the loss and heartbreak that came with it, Martin became more determined than ever to find peace and elevate her life through the prism of food and world cultures. From the tiny, makeshift kitchen of her eccentric, creative mother, to a string of foster homes, to the house from which she launched her own cooking adventure, Martin's heartfelt, brutally honest memoir reveals the power of cooking to bond, to empower, and to heal—and celebrates the simple truth that happiness is created from within.
"This beautifully written book is both poignant and uplifting. Not to mention delicious. It's an amazing family tale that reminds me of The Glass Castle, but with more food. And not just any food: We're talking cinnamon raisin pizza." —A.J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically
"Life From Scratch is an unconventional love story. This beautiful book begins with the quest of cooking a meal from every country—a noble feat of it's own!—but then turns it into something far beyond a kitchen adventure. Be prepared to be changed as you experience Sasha's journey for yourself." —Chris Guillebeau, author of The Happiness Pursuit
From the Hardcover edition.
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my hair in a high ponytail. When we arrived, the parking lot of the Golden Dragon was dark and mostly empty. Yellow streetlights pooled over a few scattered cars. After a quick check inside the restaurant, I realized Mom wasn’t there yet, or she’d given up waiting. I made a beeline for John’s SUV, but he reached for my hand and pulled me firmly back onto the sidewalk. “She’ll be here, Bean. Just wait.” “This is ridiculous, John. She’s not coming.” But John wasn’t listening. I followed his
neater than I recalled. From the looks of it, our toys had long since been donated. Michael’s bed was gone, too, a rubber plant in its place. But my bed was propped up just where I’d left it: my old, wooden castle just below the front window under the spider plant. As Mom gathered her box of kitchen tools from the hall, I stood by my bed, watching her move through this space that was at once so familiar, and yet so foreign. Those first few nights I tossed and turned, my body too long for the
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morning kiss. He’s naked, hunched on the shower floor, surrounded by steam and hot water. He doesn’t lift his head, and I ask, “Should I call an ambulance?” He mouths “no.” I grab him by the arm and help him up, then turn off the shower and wrap a towel around him. He leans on me while I help him step into a pair of sweats. His every movement is slow and brittle. I ask him a dozen more times what’s wrong, but all he can manage is “Take me to the emergency room.” My heart hammers so loudly, so