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From Scratch with Tembi Locke

  • Season: Season 3
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Stories of life, love, food, family, and redemption.

In 2019, Tembi Locke's book From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home found a place in Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine Book Cluband on the New York Times bestseller list. It has now been adapted as an eight-part series on Netflix starring Zoe Saldaña and Eugenio Mastrandrea.

Tembi Locke talks with Seán about the adaptation that she helmed with her sister Attica Locke, about the experience of watching Zoe Saldaña portray a character based on Tembi's life, and about the thickly-woven fabric of family, food, love, serious illness, loss, and grief that's at the heart of Tembi's story.

Tembi mentions her recipe for Eggplant Parmigiana being used to feed the cast and crew during filming.

Closing credit music: Anime Imperfette sung by Matteo Bocelli, From Scratch (Soundtrack from Netflix series) Laura Karpman & Raphael Saadiq


  • Seán Collins
  • Tembi Locke


  • family
  • family caregiving
  • cancer
  • Sicily
  • memoir
  • loss
  • From Scratch (Netflix series)
  • food
  • grief