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LIFE FROM SCRATCH: a memoir of food, family, and forgiveness ~Sasha Martin

“I wonder if she’s right.  I wonder if, after Nick, the doorbell will continue to ring as we let in someone from Burkina Faso, then Burma, and so on, until the entire world is sitting around my dinner table.  An enormous global table.  No arguments. No food fights.  Just people there to share a meal.  What could I learn from them?  What could we learn from each other? “ (Page 286)

LIFE FROM SCRATCH is just the loveliest of books and I would expect nothing less from The National Geographic.  Food critic and Blogger Sasha Martin gives us the world in Food through 195 countries, 195 recipes in 195 weeks.  She attracts “foodies” from all over the globe and has wonderful conversations with her readers; it becomes a global conversation of interest and depth.

“Poignant and uplifting – not to mention delicious.  An amazing family tale.” ~A.J. Jacobs, author of THE YEAR OF LIVING BIBLICALLY

Martin tells her life story and shares her relationship to food and her background.  How did this young woman develop such a joy in cooking and creation?  How did she end up living in so many counties and situations?  What is the tie that binds her life together and propels her into a life of her own creation?  What stirs her emotions and adds the sweetest touch to our lives?  And how on earth did she get her picky eater partner and baby to share in her experience over 4 years of exploration and writing?

The book is quite full of recipes and the story of how the blog post came together and how the family felt about eating that food.  195 countries and 195 recipes – many of which are contained in the chapters of the book.  We take a delicious nibble of the story and see the mother and daughter reunion taking place; a 3 generational study of mother-daughter relations all around us and how food is a universal language and a natural connector of all species.  The voice is heartfelt, emotional and a good chew.

National Geographic Books did not disappoint me and the story raised my spirits high.  Thank you to TLC Book Tours for including my words on this tour.  I have added this book to my book clubs list, and my birthday list, and I know a lot of foodies and teachers will enjoy knowing about LIFE FROM SCRATCH.

There are 650+ recipes you can try on for free at www.GlobalTableAdventure.com  and a Global Table Adventure Starter Kit for those wanting to experience a Global Table Adventure.  There are discussion guides available for Book Groups.

Facebook: Global Table Adventure
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From the cover flap:

“Sasha Martin is an award-winning writer and blogger who spent almost four years cooking her way around the world.  She graduated from Wesleyan University and was an M.F.K. Fisher scholar at the Culinary Institute of America.  Her work has been featured on NPR and CNNGo, as well as in Whole Living, Bon Appe’tit, Smithsonian, and The Huffington Post.  Her website, Global Table Adventure is a go-to hub for foodies around the world.”

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4 Responses to “LIFE FROM SCRATCH: a memoir of food, family, and forgiveness ~Sasha Martin”

  1. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Patricia — This book sounds DELICIOUS! Thank you, once again, for COOKING up a wonderful review. Everything that comes out of your writing KITCHEN is always so enticing.
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    Patricia Reply:

    This is a wonderful story about change with National Geographic ‘s Care in expression.

    I enjoyed too that the world traveler author found “home” in Tulsa, Oklahoma!

    Thank you for your kind words. And I wonder about memorial and celebration too!
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  2. Heather J. @ TLC Says:

    I’ve never gone wrong with a National Geographic book yet – they support some amazing authors in my opinion.

    Thanks for being part of the tour!

    Patricia Reply:

    Heather J
    They are wonderful and we gave tickets to Brian Skerry’s National Geographic live program for Christmas Gifts this year – wow what a treat all around the world
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