Life from Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness

Author(s): Sasha Martin

Biography & Memoir

It was 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 launches 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.


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"Poignant, heartwarming and generously filled with delicious recipes." --"Kirkus Reviews" "Food had long provided the few happy moments in Martin s life...These moments may not be enough to satiate the appetite of foodie readers who are looking for lush bite-by-bite writing, but there is plenty here to engross memoir lovers." "-Publisher's Weekly" "Martin peppers this memoir with recipes reflective of her life s circumstances of the moment, from stuffed artichokes to apple pie. Her assured prose endows this narrative of an atypical upbringing with both immediacy and poignancy. " "- Booklist" "Many readers will relate to the ways that"Life from Scratch"connects food and family." --Shelf Awareness "Sasha Martin intended to publish what s called a stunt memoir....Thankfully, her memoir, "Life From Scratch"is not that book. It has more in common with"The Glass Castle"than it does with"300 Sandwiches: A Multilayered Love Story . . . with Recipes, "though it does include recipes." --"Washington Post" "While a taste of food from around the world would have been delicious enough, the memoir that Martin ultimately wrote is far more satisfying." "--Tulsa Kids" "Sasha Martin s beautiful memoir-cum-cookbook... makes for ideal summer escapism. Martin s memoir will find resonance in anyone who s found that the art of cooking can be as much an emotional experience as a sensory one." "From the Hardcover edition.""

SASHA MARTIN is an award-winning writer, blogger, wife and mother who spent almost four years cooking her way around the world. Her work has been featured on NPR (Travel with Rick Steves), Whole Living, Bon Appetit, The Smithsonian, The Huffington Post, and CNNgo. Her recipes have been recognized by the likes of Amanda Hesser and FOOD 52, and her website, Global Table Adventure, is a go-to hub for foodies around the world.

General Fields

  • : 9781426216534
  • : National Geographic Society
  • : National Geographic Society
  • : February 2016
  • : United States
  • : May 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Sasha Martin
  • : Paperback
  • : Jun-16
  • : en
  • : 641.5092
  • : 352