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Her life's a mess. And so is her kitchen.Divorced, heartbroken and living in a lonely New York apartment with a tiny kitchen, Rachel Goldman realizes she doesn't even know how to cook the simplest meal for herself. Can learning to fry an egg help her understand where her life went wrong? She dives into the culinary basics. Then she launches a blog to vent her misery aboutHer life's a mess. And so is her kitchen.Divorced, heartbroken and living in a lonely New York apartment with a tiny kitchen, Rachel Goldman realizes she doesn't even know how to cook the simplest meal for herself. Can learning to fry an egg help her understand where her life went wrong? She dives into the culinary basics. Then she launches a blog to vent her misery about life, love and her goal of an unburnt casserole. To her amazement, the blog's a hit. She becomes a minor celebrity. Next, a sexy Spaniard enters her life. Will her souffles stop falling? Will she finally forget about the husband she still loves? And how can she explain to her readers that she still hasn't learned how to cook up a happy life from scratch?...

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Life From Scratch Reviews

  • Merry
    2019-01-01 22:03

    I'm really quite cross that I liked this; I'm feeling all sucky uppy because of it. The reason? Well the author Melissa Ford, is the owner of the Stirrup Queens Blog which is possibly the absolute default (along with Glow, can you have two defaults?) places on the internet for infertility/loss/associated pregnancy crap. It's also home of the Stirrup Queen's Completely Anal List of Blogs That Proves That She Really Missed Her Calling as a Personal Organizer. And you know, I did know about that site and that list, even before Freddie and certainly after, because I intended to submit to her yearly round up - but didn't. And then her book, Life from Scratch, appeared free on my Kindle one night and I downloaded it and then happened to see a tweet a few days later which meant I realised it was HER book and then I submitted my blog to the list and then I friended her on Twitter and she friended me back because she's nice and... and... and...And now I've given her book 5/5 on Amazon and I feel like I'm sucking up to the popular girl in class.Only I'm not. I don't give away 10/10 or 5/5 easily. To get either you have to pass the read again/have on THE shelf/ recommend to Alison and then some criteria.Life from Scratch is actually good enough, for me, to do all those things. But it did something else too, something that a book just has to be good for, something a book doesn't need clever language or even clever ideas for. Something that a person telling their story, or a story with all their heart and soul can do.It just touched me.It's a book about someone who is sad and a little self absorbed, going through a tough time and losing everything. She's sad because her marriage is gone, she's sad because she isn't sure who she is or what she can do. She'd like children, though that isn't a major theme. She doesn't quite fit in her family, though she loves them. She's just a little busy with her own self and sadness and a little blind and trying really quite hard to get back on her feet and not be dumb and to try new things (and new boyfriends) and she gets up and she gets knocked down and then... well... you have to read it.Of course it also helped that it is a book about a woman with a blog. Heavens, what's not to like? ;)I'm not saying this is a brilliantly clever book (sorry Mel!) but it is a brilliantly touching book, especially if you've ever sat on your sofa and wondered if you could BE more lonely in a house where the person you love is just across the hall. It's a brilliantly touching book if you've been so sad and so empty and somehow found yourself up and moving the next day. It's like the book equivalent of not getting out of bed till you actually hate your bed so much you'd rather hoover. it's the book equivalent of sobbing to Pretty Woman and then getting the hell out on a coach to 5k run.And yes, knowing enough about the author to know that when she describes the softness of the foot of a child she wishes she was mothering, it is because she has simply ached to have a child, helps. It's good to read a book knowing the author has been in the depths of where you are instead of secretly grumbling that it 'isn't like that'.It's a book with depth, and sunken depths, and hope and enlightenment. It didn't teach me anything new about myself but it reminded me how much I've grown.I guess that makes it a feel good novel.But it also makes it good enough that it will get out of my Kindle and on to The Shelf at some point too.*salute*DBM - you don't really need to ask. You'll cry, but with her.

  • Susan Peterson
    2018-12-27 17:10

    Life from Scratch is about cooking, blogging, and failed relationships. The "failed relationships" component takes center stage. The cooking part isn't so much about love of cooking or food--this is not a foodie book--as it is about an attempt to get over total ineptitude in the kitchen (and perhaps in life). The food is not a character in its own right as it is in some foodie books.Melissa Ford is probably used to comparisons to "Julie and Julia" by this time, so I will make one. Both have emotionally stunted main characters prone to overreaction. I liked Ford's Rachel more than I did Julie. But I'm afraid I wasn't particularly interested in either character's perpetual relationship drama. Since that was a central part of this novel, I could never get involved in it despite Ford's obvious skills as a writer.If you like "Sex in the City," this book might be up your alley. If you are looking at it for the food or the blogging subplots, you will more than likely be disappointed.

  • Vivian
    2018-12-23 18:14

    When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade, unless you're Rachel Goldman then you might make lemon custard or use the lemon to roast a chicken. Rachel Goldman is the main character in Life From Scratch by Melissa Ford. Rachel has just gone through a divorce and must decide what she wants to do with her life. Rachel is a 34-four-year old woman that was married for 12 years and has been divorced for less than a year. She has taken a year off from her job as a graphic artist working for the New York Public Library. She didn't hate her job but she just isn't quite sure what she wants to do, so she decides to learn how to cook and document it on a blog. Rachel thinks of her blog as a food or cooking blog but after she's nominated for and wins a Bloscar (an award for various blogs in assorted genres), she realizes that her blog is basically an online diary and the best therapy available. Her other "therapist" and confidante is her best friend Arianna.Post-divorce Rachel discovers that she enjoys being an aunt since she never had children. She also learns that she has been a lousy friend by ignoring what has been happening (or not happening) in Arianna's life. It was somewhat amusing to see Rachel fall in lust with Gael, the Spaniard with the gorgeous smile. At first glance they seem to be made for one another with their similar interests, but Gael isn't the man Rachel thinks he is or exactly what she wants. What she discovers she wants is her ex-husband...pre-law practice. Ultimately Rachel discovers that life goes on after a divorce, it may take awhile to grieve over the relationship but that's fine. Rachel seems to epitomize the average woman that has gone through a non-acrimonious divorce. You may not be able to go back and change the past but you can start from scratch using the lessons learned from past experiences and mistakes. Life From Scratch is a sometimes humorous but realistic look at life after divorce. A quick and good read for anyone...married or single!

  • Lisa
    2019-01-07 20:20

    I loved this book. Whether you are going through a divorce, contemplating a divorce or even happily married I believe you could take something meaningful from this book. If you are happily married you might find yourself seeing all the things that you doing right and recognizing that you aren't in a good place by chance, it took work on both parts to get there. If you are contemplating a divorce you could see that there are two sides to every story, and to think it through, and do what needs doing because you can't go back in time. If you are divorced and reading it you might recognize yourself in Rachel a little. You might see that life can go on if divorce is the road you end up on. I almost felt like I was reading a memoir the writer made Rachel seem so real. I wanted to find the blog, and read it for real and felt a little disappointed that it was not. Most of all I felt that sometimes life sends you certain books that you need to read, gives you real world advice in the disguise of a fictional book.

  • Angie
    2019-01-01 18:16

    I started this book because I liked the premise of moving through the pain of divorce by learning to cook. There is a saucy man with an accent to spice it up as well. I enjoyed all the trials and tribulations the main character went through. I have to say, at the end I was disappointed. Spoiler--Why would you go back to your husband, back to comfort when you had come so far and stood on your own? I really felt like all her personal growth was wasted by the time the end came. Still there were a few jewels in the story."One needed to be self-sufficient when surrounded by those who treasured paper over people."On describing the spicy (brief) love interest, "His honesty is like swallowing a chunk of jalapeno."My favorite line was, "I've known his face for so long that I can't help but allow my eyes to travel to all my favorite spots." Ahh, I know exactly what that feels like.The best advice the book offered-"that there is not point in saving face if it makes you lose everything else."

  • Gretchen
    2019-01-13 17:22

    This book was a really pleasant surprise! I got it for free as a deal-of-the-day on Amazon for my Kindle and thought, as is usually the case, that it would just be a very light throwaway little book but I ended up loving it! I couldn't put it down and when I finished, I was genuinely sad that the book was over. The story is about a woman who is recovering from a divorce after her marriage of 14 years ends abruptly. In order to do so, she decides that, being a native New Yorker and thus never having learned, she needs to learn to cook. And she decides, with the help of her friend Arianne, to blog about her progress, both in the culinary and emotional senses. She is a fun character and very real, making the same kinds of mistakes that people who are in relationships make, and she is very likeable. The book is fast-paced and the language well-chosen. I imagine that the book is lower in price (and sometimes free) because it does remind one of it's more popular and well-known predecessor Julie and Julia, but if you're a fan of that book then that shouldn't be a problem.

  • Amy Elaine
    2018-12-22 15:02

    I absolutely loved this book. It is an engrossing story about a woman who gets divorced, and realizes that since she can't afford to eat out every night, she needs to learn how to cook. Her new cooking skills are acquired as she navigates the dating world and her relationship with her BFF. She also has to decide - is she, or isn't she over her ex???The voice of the main character, Rachel, was so real, that I originally thought this novel was a memoir. I went on line to find and subscribe to her blog, to find out that Rachel came from the imagination of the writer, Melissa Ford, who does have a blog . . . but a very different one from the novel's.I alternated between wanting to stay up late to keep reading, with wanting to savor every chapter. I ended up doing a little bit of both. And the ending was very original - I am very much looking forward to a sequel so that I can read more about Rachel's life.

  • Kelly Hager
    2018-12-21 23:19

    Rachel has been divorced for less than a year. Since she and her now-ex-husband, Adam, signed the papers, she’s been very lost. So she starts a blog and decides to learn to cook.It’s Julie & Julia, right? No. Because you know how (especially in the book), Julie Powell is kind of annoying? Rachel isn’t. At all. She’s smart and funny and she’ll probably remind you of your best friend (or, in some cases, the best friend you wish you had). I think what I loved most about this book was the fact that Rachel was very authentic. We all feel lost and unheard from time to time, and Rachel spent the last few years of her marriage in a constant state of loneliness. This book is about how she found her voice (and an audience). Absolutely recommended.According to her website, Melissa Ford’s working on a sequel. I can’t wait to read it.

  • Cheryl (Collier)
    2019-01-10 17:02

    I am giving this book a 4 star rating because it deserves more than a 3 and can't seem to find any 1/2 stars. I really enjoyed this book which turns out to be more about writing a journal and living a somewhat self-centered life than learning to cook and blogging about that a la Julie/Julia. I liked the main character very much at the beginning and the end of the book but often wanted to shake her out of her me-me-me mode in the middle of the book. I am not complaining about that since I think her growth and change throughout her first year of divorce is the real theme of this novel and going through those growing pains with her is part of what kept me reading. I would definitely read more by Melissa Ford and I would love to see a book about the best friend from this story.

  • Elise
    2018-12-24 15:16

    I am between 2- 3 stars on this one. I enjoyed it, but I thought it was a real story of someone's blog and was surprised at the end that it was fiction. I'm married to a lawyer who works too many hours, so much of the frustration and misunderstandings that occur in this book I could relate to. But once I realized it was a novel, it was much more obvious where the story was going.I guess one downside of the Kindle is not having the cover readily availalbe which says "A Novel" (although several others in book club thought the same thing while reading the physical book too).

  • Cerealflakes
    2019-01-14 23:12

    This is not the type of book I normally read, but I decided to give it a chance because it was being offered for free on the Kindle. This was a novel written in the form of a memoir by a recently divorced woman writing a blog about learning how to cook. The main character was so self-absorbed and awful that the book was hard to read. Her whole cooking blog was her wining about how miserable she was. I am not clear why anyone would want to read such a thing. Aside from unlikeable characters and annoying self help type dialogue, the end was obvious from the beginning.

  • liirogue
    2018-12-19 18:04

    This one was kind of... strange for me, I guess. I thought this was more of a "getting on with my life by learning how to cook" book, not a "little bit of cooking and lots of diatribes against the ex-husband and marriage in general" book. It's difficult for me when the main character goes on diatribes against marriage for pages when I am happily married myself. I guess I just had a hard time relating at all to the main character, and it was a different type of book than I had expected.

  • kelley
    2018-12-27 21:23

    Life From Scratch is the story of Rachel Goldman's journey to discover more about herself and in the process she discovers what is really important to her. The story was short, sweet, and simple. Bloggers will particularly enjoy it.

  • Michele
    2018-12-28 15:29

    the book was good. the only negative in my case was i couldn't relate. i'm not divorced, but other than that it was a good easy read

  • Jenna
    2018-12-29 23:04

    I'll be reviewing this book on my blog, but in short, I loved it. I've always loved Melissa's writing, and I think she translates well in fiction.

  • Debbie
    2019-01-09 23:20

    I feel like I read a Lifetime movie for women. At least it was free.

  • Amy
    2018-12-26 16:08

    Good not great. It held my attention but I don't consider it to be one of the better books I've read this year.

  • Kiyoko
    2019-01-14 17:30

    First fiction book in a couple of years - a pleasantly absorbing three-hour read. Better than going to a movie! Delightfully crafted word pictures. It was lovely to have a middle-aged, less than perfect Rachel. I didn't see the ending coming until it arrived, then the final few pages were predictable. But the book is not much about food. Yes, she cooks, but that takes a back seat to the the drama of Rachel's life. One lovely character is Arianna... I liked her quite a bit. I must be getting old fashioned for I didn't care for the speed with which Rachel falls into bed for the next guy she dates. This probably rules out some bodice-busters from my reading list. I would read this author again, and would read a sequel, if there were one. Melissa Ford, I will be perusing the fiction aisle of the library more often, thanks to you.

  • Mama
    2018-12-21 18:11

    An interesting book, I enjoyed how Ford processed her life's twists and turns.

  • Borgfamilystevenborgstrom
    2019-01-13 18:01

    Anticlimactic endingI kept thinking the book was going no to get better but it really never did. It was just sort of blah.

  • Bookswithbenefits
    2018-12-26 15:06

    Best line: "We went from thinking-about-you moments to forgot-you-existed-at-all."Worst Line: "[A bad first date post-divorce] is like the Hymen Fairy giving you back your virginity and then wasting it yet again."Synopsis: Rachel Goldman, recently divorced, is seeking the perfect recipe for a new life. She's shucked a workaholic husband, her job at the library, and her old home, to set-out on a year-long sabbatical to find herself. Except, as the months go by, she  gets more and more lost and can't seem to quit looking back... Yet, the meal might still be saved: her blog is winning awards, and offers are coming in for work as a writer, and a sexy Spaniard can't seem to get enough of her. Will Rachel finally find the ingredients to happiness?The Good: For fans of Bridget Jones and other tales about women struggling with work, dating, sex, cooking and the maze that is modern-womanhood, this book is perfectly suited to your palate. Chocked full of smart observations about life, Ford encourages you to savor her fiction. One doesn't simply devour the pages, reading for plot. You get caught up, enjoying the way the first-person narrator sees the world. When she shares her blog post about the process of frying and egg, she finishes,"Eggs are delicate things. They deserve this much attention, if not more."And when her little brother goes by her ex-husband's house to move her books because she can't stomach the confrontation, she tells us,"[My brother] carried those boxes up and down three flights of stairs for seventeen consecutive trips. That is love; that is redemption."The plot, of course, is nothing to turn your nose up at either. A woman-battles-woks-and-the-world tale requires romance and a likable cast of friends, and Ford checks all those off the menu with flourish. Rachel's friends aren't merely a seasoning--though the Spaniard certainly adds some spice--they are mini-courses all their own that will please you in different ways. And the end... well, I won't spoil your meal, but I'll tell you that Ford manages to dish-up a climax and resolution that is both satisfying and refreshing. A rare treat.The Bad: Sometimes the plating of the tale is a wee bit off, and the novel's earnestness gets lost in the flash and color of formulaic "sophisticated New York City life" tropes: there is the hip and fashionable BFF who works in fashion; the stale adventures to NYC shops. Still, Ford often--not always, but often--manages to freshen these up, too.The Ugly...This is usually the part where I would criticize the cover, but, honestly, I like it. In some ways, I think it's a bit too coy, but in general I heartily approve. So, here's another We've Got You Covered!As I said, this cover is a smidge too sly about what lies between the covers. The flowers say loud and clear that this is women's fiction, but beyond that burst of red at the bottom, there is little that suggests the love story that simmers throughout. Perhaps, at a stretch, the spoons might be called a sub-sub-sub-textual reference to sexual spooning and sampling. [Insert smarmy laughter here.] Still, can I really complain when the cover is blessedly free of that which makes my stomach roll: shirtless man-cakes and nearly naked tarts? No, I cannot. In fact, the only thing that gives me pause is the teeny tiny grammar oopsie in the blurb.As posted on http://bookswithbenefits.com

  • Danielle
    2019-01-05 18:03

    Rachel’s life is what her parents may deem a “disappointment”, but not so for her. In the nine months since her divorce from her husband Adam she’s left not only him behind, but her career as well. Starting out with a clean slate she’s determined to do the one thing her mother never taught her, to cook. In what begins as a year long break to discover herself through cooking and learning how to make the basics, Rachel soon discovers that’s there is more to life than just eggs. With a new romance, an extremely successful food blog and all the support she could ask for from her best friend Arianna, Rachel sets out for a new life and discovers that to move forward you sometimes need a recipe book to tell you how.Love, love, loved this book! First of all, it’s about a girl who blogs, Rachel. That alone would have had me taking a closer look at the book. Well, my friend Juju at Tales of Whimsy (a lovely blog by the way) had mentioned this book a few times and then also posted a bit from the first part of the book…“June Cleaver beat the crap out of me with her rolling pin. In my dream, Martha Stewart, June Cleaver, Bree Van De Kamp, and Marion Cunningham (who they were all affectionately calling Mrs. “C”) were baking a pie together in my kitchen and arguing about the best way to pit cherries. They hadn’t really noticed me lounging around by the sink until I pointed out what a waste of time it would be to pit your own cherries when there were perfectly decent ones that you could get in a can when June Cleaver turned with a maniacal gleam in her eye and started beating me on the face and shoulders with her flour-dusted rolling pin. Just imagine what she would have done to me if I had suggested frozen pie crust.“Oh my! She had me at June Cleaver, Martha Stewart and…food. I’m an absolute book-food junkie! If an author can incorporate food into the storyline of a book somehow and do it well then I’m pretty much hooked. In this case, Melissa Ford had me begging for more by the end (which is good, because apparently there’s a sequel in the works).What was incredibly enjoyable about Rachel’s story was that almost anyone could relate to it. The vast majority of women out there anymore have blogs with quite a few of them being food blogs, and if that’s not the case it’s highly likely you know someone who has one or read them regularly. In fact, for me it was even easier to relate because my own mother is a food blogger! It was hilarious to hear the little failures Rachel would have in the kitchen as well as the successes. The format, with every chapter starting with a blog post was also fun and added to the overall ease of reading.Not only did the blog/food combo interest me when I first looked at Life From Scratch, but the issues of friendship and infertility were ones I’ve encountered myself. Being someone who suffers from infertility problems as well as having numerous friends with similar problems it was refreshing to read a story that incorporated that topic without feeling like I was being given a note to the doctors office for a thorough talking-to. Her relationship with her best friend Arianna, who suffered many infertility issues, was also something I’m incredibly envious of and loved how they interacted.Absolutely one of the entertaining and delightful reads out there, particularly if you happen to be a blogger yourself. Melissa Ford has crafted a true to life character, with the same doubts and fears we all have. Rachel is someone who could quite literally be typing away at this very moment getting her own blog post ready to go for the next morning. This is a story that I’m certain chick lit fans will adore! A quick read about discovering who you are and finding the secret ingredient that makes you truly unique with a dash of romance thrown in along the way.

  • Meg
    2018-12-26 16:08

    Rachel Goldman is recently divorced and still smarting from the demise of her 12-year marriage, which was a slow descent into silence. Now living on her own in a rented apartment in her native New York City, Rachel finds herself lonely, listless and frustrated. How could she emerge from the wreckage of being with Adam, a certified workaholic, without even the most basic of culinary skills? How can she stand eating meals out of Styrofoam take-out containers night after night?In an effort to learn a little more about herself, Rachel quits her graphic design job and dedicates herself to learning to cook while slowly draining her savings account. And after starting a blog, Life From Scratch, she finds that many other people are on a similar quest — or, at least, relate to her experiences. As her blog readership grows and new people — men — enter her life, Rachel has to decide if she’s really ready to let Adam go . . . and if she can ever keep her risotto from burning.If the flavor of Melissa Ford's Life From Scratch sounds a bit “Julie & Julia” to you, friends, you’re right: it totally does. I haven’t read Julie Powell’s memoir but have seen the film and, sure, there are resemblances here. Not in an OMG-you-plagiarized-me! way, but in a “I’m figuring out my life in and out of the kitchen” way. And I loved it.Rachel is such a completely realistic, empathetic character that I truly had to pause and remind myself she wasn’t real. Ford herself is a popular blogger and it certainly read that way. From obsessively checking blog stats to realizing for the first time that we’re not “shouting into the void” — you know, when we get our first comment — Ford completely understands what it means to put your life online. From start to finish, Rachel felt like a friend. Like a blogger you visit daily for the latest recipes and stories of life from a 35-year-old woman ready for a change.Though slim — only about 200 pages — the book is packed with weighty issues like marriage, love, family, infertility and letting go. Food is a major theme in the book, of course, but Ford doesn’t delve too deep into her cookbooks; learning to cook is merely the device through which Rachel becomes self-sufficient, confident and adventurous. The real issue here is ready or not our heroine is ready to let go of the love she allowed to slip through her fingers . . . and I think the conclusion reached was fantastic.Basically, I loved this book. It wasn’t without minor issues, but they never hampered my overall enjoyment of the story. Realistic, moving and addictive, Life From Scratch was a novel I truly didn’t want to end. Ford is working on a sequel, I hear, and I’ll be first in line. Pick this one up and lose yourself for a while . . . I certainly did.

  • Sylvia
    2019-01-09 16:31

    This is another title I found from NetGalley (my second e-book!), I requested it because the description piqued my interest. It's about a newly divorced woman, Rachel Goldman, who starts a blog (aptly titled Life from Scratch, tagline: blogging about life one scrambled egg at a time) about teaching herself to cook. Something she never bothered to learn when she was married. Rachel worked at the New York City Library as a graphic designer and has taken the year off to "find herself" if you will. I know, not the most original idea. Her husband, too busying trying to make partner at his law firm was never around and so their relationship lacked everything Rachel wanted.Here's an excerpt of the first page of the book had me laughing with guilt already, it starts off with this blog post:June Cleaver beat the crap out of me with her rolling pin.In my dream, Martha Stewart, June Cleaver, Bree Van De Kamp, and Marion Cunningham (who they were all affectionately calling “Mrs. C”) were baking a pie together in my kitchen and arguing about the best way to pit cherries. They hadn’t really noticed me lounging around by the sink until I pointed out what a waste of time it would be to pit your own cherries when there were perfectly decent ones that you could get in a can when June Cleaver turned with a maniacal gleam in her eye and started beating me on the face and shoulders with her flour-dusted rolling pin.Just imagine what she would have done to me if I had suggested frozen pie crust....Yes, we've all had that thought when we pit our own cherries and make our own pie dough. Sometimes working with store-bought things are easier. Plus, I love the group of women that are in her kitchen dreams!The book doesn't include recipes, but I like it for capturing a blogger's experience. She learns about sitestalker and finds out that she does have a lot of readers. She frets and compares herself to Smitten Kitchen and Pioneer Women Cooks when her blog is nominated for Bloscars. Really, who can compete?In the end, this book read like a mash-up of Emily Giffin's Baby Proof and Sophie Kinsella's The Undomestic Goddess. It's a light, even a little sexy, and easy-to-read novel that makes it a good beach or summer read. The voice of Rachel is candid and humourous, so while she's still pining over her ex-husband, you can see that her year alone has really helped her grown.

  • Sheree
    2018-12-28 20:25

    4.5 stars Life From Scratch blogging about life ... one scrambled egg at a time was such an entertaining read, it's a coming of age story, even if that happens to be at the ripe old age of 34, it's about finding your voice and learning to use it. ... starting the blog was like the first breath of air after breaking the water's surface while swimming. The words came out fast and furious; I had finally found my voice again, that old friend who had disappeared over the years from disuse. Blogging can seem a little self-indulgent; foisting your free therapy on everyone else in the world. But some of us can't afford a vacation from life and therapy, so free isnt half bad. Plus the night I got my first comment was like finding life on Mars.Rachel Goldman doesn't have a clue about cooking, she can barely toast a muffin, but in her quest to learn she finds a "new found love of butter" and herself. Rachel was so easy to identify with; the whole divorced, blogging, venting online, 'finding yourself' premise certainly appealed to me and of course anyone who blogs knows that comments let you know that you're not just singing in the wind. But if that doesn't sound like your usual cup of tea please don't be put off. Ford's writing style is authentic, captivating and amusing, a most enjoyable combination.I thoroughly recommend Life From Scratch and I can't wait to see what's in store for the characters in the sequel. Now I just can't resist leaving you with this excerpt.... didn't I once say that the point of this year was to get myself an entirely new life? I learned to cook for the first time in thirty-four years. I'm writing a successful blog and working on a book. I kill my own spiders. Isn't having sex with an uncircumcised penis the last great frontier I need to conquer?

  • Kat
    2018-12-25 15:27

    “Hell hath no fury like a woman once ignored, who is now receiving attention several years too late.“One of the aspects of cooking I enjoy (besides the good part at the end where you get to eat the yummy food) is that it is productive and you get something out of it that you (or people with you) will enjoy. And if you mess up, you throw it away and start again. And if you really, really mess up, you throw it away again and then order Chinese food. Simple.This must be why we see so many books like Life from Scratch, where a divorced unhappy woman pulls her life together with a resolution such as learning to cook.Part of me always wants to scream at these books. “Really? learning to cook? you have no original ideas!” I mean really, why does the woman always have to 1.) travel and/or 2.) cook. And when they travel, why is it always in Italy? Why does she always end up finding the-job-she-always-wanted and/or a new man/ending up with the ex again? (Yes, my glare is directed at you Eat, Pray, Love – Under The Tuscan Sun – Julie and Julia etc) It is so overdone, these books are the romantic comedies of the book world. (Note: I’d put money on the movie version of Life from Scratch starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant.)But what we must inevitably admit, is that we keep going to the romantic comedies and reading these books when we need a mind vacation. In the end we all enjoy a book that combines tasty food, love, humor and a touch of drama. So despite the extreme cliche factor, I enjoyed Life from Scratch anyway.More at: http://confessionsofacommonreader.wor...

  • LP King
    2018-12-17 18:07

    Melissa Ford is a competent and witty writer. Life From Scratch is an enjoyable read. The book is well copy-edited and nicely formatted. Not once after the first couple of pages did I debate just quitting, as I sometimes do with that broad classification known as "women's fiction."However, Ford's heroine and storyteller (it's first person), Rachel Goldman, doesn't quite have the self-awareness of some other, more sympathetic protagonists/heroines in the genre. Don't get me wrong, she's likeable enough and has some amusing adventures. Her couple of forays into dating, nine months after her divorce, will ring true to those who've had a similar experience. Because of the ending she sets up, Ford wrote herself into a corner with regard to Rachel's personal growth. Rachel is stuck on her ex, and that precludes complete metamorphosis.Which leads me to my second problem with this book: in romance writing, they always tell you not to make the impediment to the characters' getting together a simple issue of failing to communicate. Nine months after the fact, Rachel and her ex-husband finally sit down together and expose their misunderstandings of each other, which were what drove them to end the marriage in the first place. I'm sure this does sometimes happen. I'm not so sure it makes for compelling women's fiction. Because of its ending, this book is actually a romance disguised as women's fiction, or chick-lit for the late-thirtysomething.That said, I enjoyed the book, even after I grew fairly certain of its ending.

  • Karen morsecode
    2019-01-12 20:24

    34-year-old Rachel Goldman has decided to take a year off to "find herself" in the wake of her divorce. She starts a blog, in which she chronicles her adventures in the kitchen (she's learning to cook since she can't afford to eat out anymore) and struggles navigating life on her own. I saw Life from Scratch in my review queue last time I loaded up my Nook, but I didn't remember requesting it. I'm glad that I had it because it's exactly the kind of book I need right now. Life from Scratch doesn't require a lot from its reader. It provided a wonderful distraction and its ending was unexpectedly satisfying. Rachel is both protagonist and narrator. Straightforward first-person narration is interspersed with the text of Rachel's blog posts, which are mostly vignettes1 about cooking. Rachel is self-involved (to the point that she completely missed out on the fact that her best friend was dating someone for the first time in years), but likable enough that you'll forgive her for it. Rachel's unintentional obtuseness is emphasized by the fact that the novel's plot twists are (intentionally?) fairly obvious.A nice, light read, perfect for summer reading. Posted to my blog: http://morsiereads.blogspot.com/2011/07/life-from-scratch-by-melissa-ford.html

  • Sheila
    2019-01-16 21:04

    Rachel Goldman left her husband because of a cockroach, and learned to cook herself a brand new Life from Scratch in Melissa Ford’s novel. Not only does Rachel learn to cook; she also starts a blog, accidentally ends up with hundreds of followers, meets a gorgeous guy, and generally finds the kinds of successes a reader might only dream of, while remaining the kind of mixed up wannabe readers can perfectly relate to. As to the cockroach, you’ll have to read the book to find out the details, but the story’s told so convincingly it’s hard not to relate.Rachel’s very human and humanly flawed. That’s part of the attraction of this book. We read her thoughts, narrated in the writing, posted on the blog, and we know she’s not always right but she’s always fun, and sweet, and kind… well, except to the memory of her husband who seems to be silently stalking the blog and avoiding communicating.In the end, communication’s the key, with perfect friend, with family, with sexy Spaniard, with readers, and with herself. Pulled in by a perfectly drawn character and released by a perfect ending, this reader certainly enjoyed and recommends the book.Disclosure: I was lucky to get a free ecopy of this in exchange for saying I hoped to someday review it.

  • Marc
    2018-12-16 23:26

    Life From Scratch was very different from most of the chick-lit I read. For one thing, the main character's over 30. The second thing, she's divorced. Since I'm neither, I had a tough time relating to the main character.It wasn't until the book started to focus on how Rachel wasn't over her ex that I started to get into it. I could relate to that, maybe a little too much, but I'll never admit it. It's a shame that it took far too long for it to get to that point before it hooked me.The cooking thing was something that was nice and different. I liked that aspect. I just wish the ex husband was in the book more or that the family was. I liked when they were in it, but they weren't in it enough. I felt that more plots could have opened up.They might in the sequel. I'm still not sure how a sequel would happen since I thought the book ended perfectly. One of those endings that your mind fills in like The Matrix.Some minor things that bothered me were how do women in these books ALWAYS go months without a job and of course, then find a sexy guy because they don't go out? And it seems kinda easy to get a book deal and have tons of people visit your webpage and comment on it.That said, I may still buy the sequel when it comes out.