Life From Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness

By Sasha Martin

Witty, warm, and poignant, food blogger Sasha Martin’s memoir about cooking her way to happiness and self-acceptance will resonate with fans of Julie and Julia and Tender at the Bone. This was truly one of my favorite books of the year, I was not only inspired by Sasha’s determination to forgive, I was also awestruck at her fortitude and resolve to cook her way through EVERY country of the world, even at risk to her own life!

About the Book:

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.

“Poignant, heartwarming and generously filled with delicious recipes.”—Kirkus Reviews

The author has put together a list of suggested activities and resources for the reader to dig even deeper into her story and her passion for food and family. Click on the links below for more information, visit or click to our form and request an event kit, while supplies last.

Book Club Reading Guide
Select Recipe Cards (a few of my favorites from the book!)
Author Q&A

Global Food Night
Memoir Writing 101
Movie Night
Passport Party
Recipe Swap
Trivia Night
Life from Scratch Poster

From the Author:

Sharing my story – particularly what drove me to obsessively cook a meal from every country in the world – is such an honor. The story is so personal – I laid my heart bare for you so that you could know that hope and healing is possible after heartache. Thank you for being there.

Thank you for believing in this journey.

With all my love,

Sasha Martin & Family

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