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The Resource Life from scratch : a memoir of food, family, and forgiveness, Sasha Martin

Life from scratch : a memoir of food, family, and forgiveness, Sasha Martin

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Life from scratch : a memoir of food, family, and forgiveness
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Life from scratch
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a memoir of food, family, and forgiveness
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Sasha Martin
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eng
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"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, Marin'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"--
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  • Martin, a food writer and blogger, spent 195 weeks cooking meals from every country of the world. But the most memorable moments in this spirited narrative take place in the many weeks before those 195, and they have surprisingly little to do with food. The department of social services hovered around Martin’s childhood: her father was absent, her home was so cramped that the kitchen doubled as the living room, and her mother, as people said, was “a troublemaker.” When Martin was a pre-teen, her mother sent her and her brother Michael to live with family friends. Soon thereafter, Michael killed himself. The author made her way to the Culinary Institute of America, as she recounts without self-pity, and then to the cooking project that launched this memoir. Food had long provided the few happy moments in Martin’s life. She recalls her mother’s determination to save their scarce money to buy ingredients for a special cake, and how Martin asked her to “start cooking the world all over again” when they ate their last meal of the 195-week trip, from Zimbabwe. These moments may not be enough to satiate the appetite of foodie readers who are looking for lush bite-by-bite writing, but there is plenty here to engross memoir lovers. Agent Lisa DiMona, Writers House . (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed January 5, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 01, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Blogger Martin () delivers a welcome entry into the canon of foodie memoirs that begins with her journey in the Jamaica Plain of Boston where she lived with her mother and brother. Despite the family's poverty, Martin's mother nurtured her children with cooking adventures, sewing projects, and inventive home decorating. Her unconventional parenting methods attracted the attention of neighbors, and the kids were shuttled in and out of foster care until her mother finally surrendered her rights to a family friend. Although Martin was estranged from her mother and not allowed to help cook in her new home, she still marked time and place through food as the family moved from Rhode Island to Atlanta and Paris and finally to Luxemburg. Food and cooking carried her into adulthood and ultimately anchored her in Tulsa, where she challenged herself to prepare a meal from every country over the course of four years. Martin seamlessly weaves recipes into her text in a way that enhances the story. Her descriptions of meals are lavish with imagery and elegantly written, leaving the reader hungry and inspired. VERDICT This beautifully penned book will appeal to readers who love a solid memoir and to those who enjoy strong writing about food.— Ann Wilberton, Pace Univ., New York --Ann Wilberton (Reviewed March 15, 2015) (Library Journal, vol 140, issue 5, p128)
  • An award-winning blogger and MFK Fisher scholar's account of how food not only came to define a difficult childhood, but also became the way she was able to heal her past. Martin spent her early years living in poverty with her brother, Michael, and a mother who could transform browning bananas, Jell-O and even moldy bread into pure magic. But her mother's unconventional ways—which included keeping Martin and Michael out of kindergarten—brought her to the attention of the Massachusetts Department of Social Services. Soon, Martin and her brother found themselves shunted between foster homes. Their mother fought for their return; but eventually, she sent her children to live with two friends, Patricia and Pierre, who could give them the opportunities she could not. Pierre kept the family living comfortably though peripatetically, while Patricia never let Martin cook because the kitchen "was no place for a child." Generosity, however, was not enough. Michael committed suicide just before the family moved to Paris, while the author sought solace in alcohol and edgy friends. At the same time, she also began to develop a passion for the one thing that had connected her to her mother: food. That love eventually inspired her to attend cooking school and follow a path that led her away from the chaos of the East Coast to the "honest, sunburned land" of Oklahoma. There, she found unexpected happiness as a stay-at-home wife and mother and began a blog in which she recorded her experiences "eat[ing] around the world." Dealing with food inevitably led her to recall the past, and she was forced to confront the pain of old relationships with her mother, her brother and half siblings, and the father she never knew. In the end, Martin learned that her journey had been about getting her fill, "[n]ot just of food but of the intangible things we all need: acceptance, love and understanding." Poignant, heartwarming and generously filled with delicious recipes.(Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2014)
Biography type
autobiography
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DLC
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Martin, Sasha
Dewey number
641.092
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index present
LC call number
TX140.M37
LC item number
A3 2015
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non fiction
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a memoir of food, family, and forgiveness
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Life from scratch : a memoir of food, family, and forgiveness, Sasha Martin
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Includes index
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Contents
Conflict of heritage. Living room kitchen ; A lifetime past ; Lean years ; Just desserts ; Fallen branches ; The new order ; White flag of surrender -- Another menu. Innocent abroad ; The better part of a minute ; Salt of the land ; On borrowed time -- Cleaving. School days ; Reunion and remembrance ; Sizing things up ; Moving on ; The other side of the kitchen -- Stirrings. My Oklahoma ; Mr. Picky ; All that I could want ; Cinnamon eyes ; A baby and a blog -- True spice. Afghanistan or bust ; World on a plate ; Stove top travel ; The world close by ; 21 layers of memory ; Burnt chicken ; One family -- Feast of nations. A true global table
Control code
000054498891
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
352 pages
Isbn
9781426213748
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2014033548
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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(OCoLC)890080242
Label
Life from scratch : a memoir of food, family, and forgiveness, Sasha Martin
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Conflict of heritage. Living room kitchen ; A lifetime past ; Lean years ; Just desserts ; Fallen branches ; The new order ; White flag of surrender -- Another menu. Innocent abroad ; The better part of a minute ; Salt of the land ; On borrowed time -- Cleaving. School days ; Reunion and remembrance ; Sizing things up ; Moving on ; The other side of the kitchen -- Stirrings. My Oklahoma ; Mr. Picky ; All that I could want ; Cinnamon eyes ; A baby and a blog -- True spice. Afghanistan or bust ; World on a plate ; Stove top travel ; The world close by ; 21 layers of memory ; Burnt chicken ; One family -- Feast of nations. A true global table
Control code
000054498891
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
352 pages
Isbn
9781426213748
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2014033548
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)890080242

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