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

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

by Sasha Martin


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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426216534
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

SASHA MARTIN is an award-winning writer and blogger 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 AppetitThe SmithsonianThe Huffington Post, CNNgo, and Food52. Her website, Global Table Adventure, is a go-to hub for foodies around the world.

Table of Contents

Authors Note 11

Prologue 13

Part 1 Conflict of Heritage

Living Room Kitchen 17

A Lifetime Past 27

Lean Years 39

Just Desserts 47

Fallen Branches 55

The New Order 67

White Flag of Surrender 83

Part 2 Another Menu

Innocent Abroad 95

The Better Part of a Minute 103

Salt of the Land 117

On Borrowed Time 129

Part 3 Cleaving

School Days 137

Reunion and Remembrance 147

Sizing Things Up 163

Moving On 167

The Other Side of the Kitchen 173

Part 4 Stirrings

My Oklahoma 185

Mr. Picky 209

All That I Could Want 219

Cinnamon Eyes 231

A Baby and a Blog 241

Part 5 True Spice

Afghanistan or Bust 251

World on a Plate 261

Stove Top Travel 273

The World Close By 283

21 Layers of Memory 293

Burnt Chicken 303

One Family 323

Part 6 Feast of Nations

A True Global Table 333

Acknowledgments 347

Recipe Index 351

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Life From Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
utopia12 More than 1 year ago
I am always thoughtful when I select a book to read based on someones cooking journey. I was delightfully surprised this  book excelled past any of preconceived notions. It is more than another book about someones journey through cooking. It unfolds as a journey, reaching out and grabbed me. I would recommend this book.
Two2dogs More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, not boring! especially the recipes! Sasha had no control over her early childhood but as an adult especially as a Mother she made all the right choices, loved the book and highly recommend it. I donated my hard copy book to my neighborhood Senior Center, they love to read too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago