• Title: Life From Scratch
  • Author: MelissaFord
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Life From Scratch 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
    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 casDivorced, 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

    One Reply to “Life From Scratch”

    1. 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 si [...]

    2. 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 emot [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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 doi [...]

    5. 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 f [...]

    6. This book was a really pleasant surprise! I got it for free as a deal-of-the-day on 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 le [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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 h [...]

    10. 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 ot [...]

    11. 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 a [...]

    12. 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.

    13. 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.

    14. 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

    15. 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.

    16. 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.

    17. 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 fas [...]

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

    19. 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 c [...]

    20. 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 [...]

    21. 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 [...]

    22. 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. [...]

    23. 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 see [...]

    24. “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 [...]

    25. 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 [...]

    26. 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' [...]

    27. 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, [...]

    28. 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 t [...]

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