About Life from Scratch
•Hardcover: 336 pages
• Publisher: National Geographic (March 3, 2015)
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.
Happy Monday everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Life From Scratch written by Sasha Martin! I’d like to send out a huge thank you to TLC book tours and Sasha Martin for giving me the opportunity to participate in this tour by reading and reviewing this wonderful book.
I definitely consider myself to be a foodie. I’m not much of a baker at all but I do love to cook. When I read the description of Life From Scratch I was instantly intrigued, 1) because I love food and cookbooks and 2) because (as I’ve mentioned probably a dozen times before) I absolutely love memoirs. I was curious because I had never read a memoir that also doubled as a cookbook, the idea, to me, was novel and fascinating. I had to sink my teeth into it and I must say that I loved the experience.
Right off the bat I’m going to tell you that I am giving this book a full five star rating. It was a wonderful memoir filled with a myriad of emotions: happiness, loss, pleasure, disappointment, excitement…all of these translated to me through the narrative beautifully. I loved the language of the writing. All of the descriptions, from the food to the people to the places were intoxicating and perfect.
I love the idea of cooking your way around the world. If you get a chance check out Sasha’s blog Global Table Adventure, it’s beautiful and full of recipes. I love that Sasha found her peace doing something she loved so much for the people she loved. I really felt for her throughout my journey through her life…I felt her losses and her disappointments, her excitements and her accomplishments. Once I picked up this book it was SUPER hard to let it go. I was also surprised to encounter Veganism briefly in this book (yay). I didn’t get to make any of the recipes but I really want to try to make a Vegan version of some.
Overall, what a wonderful book. I highly recommend giving this memoir a read, you won’t be disappointed and I have great news, I am hosting a giveaway of one print copy of this book to one lucky reader. You can enter by clicking on the rafflecopter link below and entering the giveaway! This runs until the 3/24, after which I will give your info to the publisher who will mail out your copy! This is open only to US residents (sorry!).
About Sasha Martin
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 Appetit, The Smithsonian, The Huffington Post, CNNgo, and Food52. Her website, Global Table Adventure, is a go-to hub for foodies around the world.