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

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Life from Scratch is—in short—not your average food memoir. As food writer and blogger Sasha Martin (of Global Table Adventure) embarks on the culinary project of cooking, in 195 weeks, a meal from every country in the world, she and the reader are plunged into an unexpected and wrenching exploration into Martin's difficult past, and her struggle to reconcile and heal from it. Martin combines unflinching and insightful candor with artful and skilled recipes (I recommend trying her Kabeli Palau) to take us on a journey through taste, memory, and the people closest to us.

— From Julia


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

From the Hardcover edition.

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 Appetit, The Smithsonian, The Huffington Post, CNNgo, and Food52. Her website, Global Table Adventure, is a go-to hub for foodies around the world.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781426216534
ISBN-10: 142621653X
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication Date: March 1st, 2016
Pages: 352
Language: English