In conversation with Krys Boyd of KERA
It was love at first sight when Tembi Locke met professional chef Saro Gullo on a street in Florence, Italy. But right from the start, the young lovers face a series of threats to their happily ever after. Chief among them, Saro’s traditional Sicilian family disapproves of his marrying a black American woman. Heartbroken, but fueled by love, the couple forges on in the face of this estrangement, building a happy life in Los Angeles with fulfilling careers, deep friendships, and the adoption of a baby girl. Until they face their greatest threat—a rare form of cancer—one that will upend everything they thought they knew about family and forgiveness.
In the wake of grief, Locke seeks solace in the Sicilian countryside, her husband’s homeland. There she finds grace and nourishment—literally and spiritually—at her mother-in-law’s table. And with the healing gifts of simple, fresh food, the embrace of a close-knit community, and the power of love, she finds the strength to step into a new life.
Tembi Locke grew up in Texas and is the sister of bestselling author Attica Locke. She is also a Hollywood actor and TEDx speaker on resilience. A New York Times bestseller, From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home is a Reese Witherspoon Book Club x Hello Sunshine pick and is being adapted into a Netflix series directed by Witherspoon. Author Claire Bidwell Smith says of the book, "You will be forever changed by turning these pages."
“A marvelous memoir about taking chances, finding love, and building a home away from home. In From Scratch, Tembi Locke writes movingly about loss, grief, and the healing miracle of food.”
—Laila Lalami, author of The Moor’s Account and The Other Americans