Simply from Scratch

Read Alicia Bessette s blogs and view other content on the Penguin Community Alicia Bessette writes with compassion and tenderness to illuminate the many unexpected ways people save each others lives every day often without even knowing it Poignant, bittersweet, and strikingly honest, Simply from Scratch is a radiant celebration of friendship and the strength of the humRead Alicia Bessette s blogs and view other content on the Penguin Community Alicia Bessette writes with compassion and tenderness to illuminate the many unexpected ways people save each others lives every day often without even knowing it Poignant, bittersweet, and strikingly honest, Simply from Scratch is a radiant celebration of friendship and the strength of the human spirit Rose Ellen Zell Carmichael Roy wears her late husband Nick s camouflage apron even when she s not in the kitchen That s her widow style It s been over a year since Nick died tragically during a post Katrina relief mission in New Orleans Long enough, according to the grief pamphlets, to have begun to move on with her life But Zell is still unable to enter her attic, which is full of Nick memories She hasn t even turned on her oven because cooking was Nick s chore That is, until she decides to enter the first annual Desserts that Warm the Soul baking contest, hoping to donate the grand prize to Katrina survivors in Nick s memory Meanwhile, Zell s nine year old neighbor, Ingrid Knox, is learning to cope with the loneliness of growing up without a mother With an imagination as big as her heart, Ingrid treasures her doting father but begins to plot how she will meet the woman who abandoned her so many years ago When an embarrassing baking mishap brings Zell and Ingrid together, they form an unlikely friendship that will alter both of their lives forever Together, and with the help of a lively and loveable cast of friends and family, Zell and Ingrid embark on winning the Desserts that Warm the Soul contest and learn that through the many sorrows and joys of life, with a little bit of flour and a pinch of love, anything is possible Watch a Video
Simply from Scratch Read Alicia Bessette s blogs and view other content on the Penguin Community Alicia Bessette writes with compassion and tenderness to illuminate the many unexpected ways people save each others lives

  • Title: Simply from Scratch
  • Author: Alicia Bessette
  • ISBN: 9780525951827
  • Page: 245
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Simply from Scratch”

    1. I wasn’t expecting this at all; I certainly didn’t expect it to thump my heart around like it did. Look at the cover. I bought it because it’s written by a fraternity brother’s sister-in-law. I figured, hell, she’s got the guts to drop everything and freelance fulltime, I should support the cause. I figured I’d get around to it someday, would read about 30 pages, find that it wasn’t my thing (I mean look at the cover!), and maybe let my girlfriend or sister read it or something. An [...]

    2. Alicia Bessette's debut marries a big social issue with an intimate story of mourning. From the opening page there's a sad edge to the humor found in Zell's narration that neatly highlights both the setting (a wintery Massachusetts's town) and the tenuous bonds between characters that once felt united forever. The relationship between Zell and Ingrid gives the story its best, most emotionally profound moments -- moreso than the romantic moments between Zell and Ingrid's determined but struggling [...]

    3. I'm exhausted and spent in a good way. This is the best book I have read in a long, long time and my first 5-star read this year. Though it sounds cliched, I can't think of a better way to say that I laughed out loud, I cried big weeping sobs at times, and laughed and cried simultaneously several times. This novel reached the darkest corners of my heart and warmed them in an almost 'divine union' kind of way. The story was so bittersweet, redemptive, heart-warming, adorable, lovable in every way [...]

    4. I really liked a lot of the Massachusetts and New England references in this book. Zell's husband died a little over a year ago during a mission trip for Katrina relief. She is not a great cook but when her neighbor's daughter volunteers to help her win a contest she can't say no. This encounter may have happened when she almost burned down her kitchen but who asked. The story is light and fun. The romance is really light and not the focus. The characters are fun and they form great friendships, [...]

    5. Entertaining, light, and fluffynd of like a Lifetime or Hallmark movie. It made me crave apple pie, but the romance included in the story made me roll my eyes:)

    6. Alice Bessette's SIMPLY FROM SCRATCH was an enjoyable readrt of a quirky little story with interesting characters. I liked the fact that it wasn't just another happy ending--not that the ending was unhappy, but all of the loose ends weren't tied up in a perky bow.Zell, the main character, is a young widow. Her husband has been dead for three years, yet she can't seem to get past his death at all. She doesn't mix with their old friends, and lives a reclusive life in their home with their adopted [...]

    7. Dear ,First, let me thank you for the free book. You are awesome in so many ways, even Ms. Browning would be unable to count them. That being said, I'm sorry, but I cannot review this book properly. It wasn't because I was incapacitated (though I did seriously consider utilizing this method to make it more fun) or because I'm anti-foodie (though I really don't mind if my burger is cooked at a McDonald's or Little Owl's. Hell, more power to those with a love for food and the preparation that goes [...]

    8. First, let’s accentuate the positive. The chronology of Simply from Scratch really drives it. Certain elements of the plot are left mysterious, and you really do want to know how it ends. I was completely unsure about what Zell’s last present would be, whose Ingrid’s mother would be, and how Nick was killed. I think these mysteries made this book rise above the normal “chick lit” fare and made it more literary.Simply from Scratch also got me when Zell remembered how life used to be. Be [...]

    9. This is an entirely charming tale of Zell, Ingrid and Garrett amid a cast of wonderful, warm, wacky small-town characters set in snowy little Wippamunk.Zell is still reeling more than a year from the day she learned that Nick died instantly in a freak accident while on a mission in post Katrina New Orleans. Taking a shot at redemption, she decides to enter the Polly Pinch of Love Live Desserts that Warm the Soul baking contest. This is a leap because Nick did All the cooking before he died. Ente [...]

    10. A grieving widow, a deserted daughter, a single dad, a guilt ridden best friend, a New England town of close knit, hard working, very real people, a TV cooking personality, an old lady no nonsense chainsaw artist and a greyhound who communicates in pirate talkI just loved this book. It is a book about relationships between characters that I wanted to call freinds. Characters that I found myself cheering for as they cared for, tended to and helped each other cope with the realities of life which [...]

    11. Zell has been a widow for a year after losing her husband in a freak accident while on a rescue mission post hurricane Katrina, when nine year old Ingrid Knox and her father move in next door. The two become friends and decide to enter a cooking contest, which is a good distraction as both have issues they are trying to work through. Adding depth to the storyline there are also some mysteries to solve , some humor ( as some of their cooking projects sound truly awful) and of course some hearts t [...]

    12. This was an entertaining, quick, one sitting read focused on a young widow, her next door neighbors (a 9 year old girl and her hunky law school attending dad) as they embark on entering a cooking contest. Ok so right there the story is told, but it is fun in the telling. Very much a beach read, but alas where is the sun?? I was irritated that the cover photo art features a girl's hands holding a cake pan. Her hands are very pale and this bugged me since the girls is African American. Jeez, didn' [...]

    13. What a fantastic debut novel! The characters are complex and the plot was good enough to capture my interest through the end. I was fascinated by Zell and the habits she picked up to cope with her husband's death. There were several phrases repeated regularly throughout the book that are very endearing; I loved "Zell's widow style" and the idiosyncrasies that were given to other characters. Simply from Scratch was a pleasant surprise and I look forward to Bessette's next book.

    14. This book is called Scrumpy Delight for Polly Pinch according to the cover of the copy I own. I bought it from the clearance table and when I began to read, I didn't think I was going to enjoy it. However, I fell in love with the central character, Zell, and the little girl neighbour, Ingrid. I could identify well with what Zell was going through and loved that it was the little girl who virtually forced her out of her funk. A thoroughly enjoyable and often poignant read.

    15. Zell a newly widowed woman finds a new friendship whiles mourning her husband's passing, she seeks comfort from an unlikely person, her 9 year old neighbour, Ingrid, where they bond over the love of baking, despite neither of them baking ever. This book was a 3.5 stars for me. I bought this book at Elizabeth Book Store in Newtown as a bline book (a blind book that is covered with brown paper and just dot points about the book), soI hade no idea what I was going into.This was a cute story, warm y [...]

    16. Zell lost her husband Nick over a year ago to a post Katrina relief mission in New Orleans. She continues to send him emails despite the fact that he’s gone. Then another unthinkable thing happens, Ahab, the couples greyhound runs out of the house and goes missing for a couple days and Zell goes around town looking for him but is unable to find him. But luckily with the help of one of her friends putting up posters around town, the dog returns home. Zell’s nine year old neighbor Ingrid Knox [...]

    17. A decent little work of fluff. The description of the utter heartbreak the main character goes through was incredibly vivid, and the characters felt real enough. There were a few writing quirks that I found grating - primarily the pirate voice, and ridiculousness of the idea of someone throwing ingredients together without a method as their form of baking. Overall, it did it's job as a pleasant little book.

    18. This was a great break from the "serious" books that I've been reading lately. Wonderful story with great characters. I had a few LOL moments which were good for the soul. I only rated it 3 stars because I'm very picky about lighter reads so my rating is a bit biased. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone. Totally bummed that the dog was never found 🙁

    19. To read more reviews check out Reading Rendezvous at missomnimedia/tag/reading-renAlicia Bessette’s writing is compassionate and sweet. As she writes this new novel Simply from Scratch we are overthrown with the illumination of death and the devotion that friends and family have for their loved ones. As we watch Rose Ellen “Zell” Roy deal with the death of her husband, Nick, we see her pain and sorrow, yet so much more. In an homage to her husband she dons his camouflage apron and attempts [...]

    20. >>Diese Rezension und viele mehr findet ihr auch hier: wort-welten/Mehr als ein Jahr ist es jetzt her, seit Rose-Ellens Mann Nick bei einem Unfall während seiner Aufbauarbeiten in New Orleans nach dem Hurrikan Katrina ums Leben kam. Ein Jahr, das Zell immer tiefer in ihre Depression fallen ließ. Gemeinsam mit ihrem alternden Windhund Captain Ahab begeht sie einsame Tage mit Selbstgesprächen mit der Stimme des Hundes, wagt es kaum, mit Nicks Freunden, die damals bei dem Unfall dabei ware [...]

    21. Dare I say this is book perfection? Simply From Scratch is a flawless debut. I never wanted it to end, and nothing was going to stop me from reading it, not even obnoxious yelling football freaks in my living room who would normally distract (read: bother) me immensely. I sat beside them and read away, completely disconnecting from the world around me and falling in love with the incredible cast of characters.Zell is a young widow. Her husband, Nick, died on a mission trip to New Orleans to help [...]

    22. More than a year after her husband was killed during a relief mission in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, Rose-Ellen “Zell” can’t bring herself to move on with her life. Zell who has lived her life with her meals provided via take out or the microwave. So much so, that her husband could even hide surprises for her in the oven knowing it would never be used.A simple error by a postal carrier changes her life. She receives a magazine touting a baking contest with a $20,000 grand priz [...]

    23. Initially I wasn’t sure how this book was going to work out as it has quite a sad premise, but I was quickly pulled into the story. Zell is a mess and recognizes that. We meet up with her as she tries once again to pull things together and pretend to have more of a normal life in front of her new neighbors. Seeing Zell and Ingrid bond and get into big cooking explosions brings them both back to life and I enjoyed seeing them both open up to the world.I thought the flashbacks and letters inters [...]

    24. We meet Zell Carmichael as she's attempting to enter a baking contest. Unaware that there is something in the oven, she turns it on to preheat, and is soon overcome by smoke. Luckily, the local volunteer fire department shows up, gets Zell and her dog Ahab out of the house, and deals with the fire.Zell is a widow who lives in Wippamunk, Massachusetts. Her husband, Nick, a news photographer, was killed while on a mission trip to New Orleans. She and Nick grew up in Wippamunk, along with most of t [...]

    25. Zell trauert um ihren Mann Nick, der plötzlich durch einen Unfall ums Leben kam. Sie zieht sich vollkommen zurück. Bis sie durch Zufall ein Geschenk findet, dass er ihr geben wollte.Die Geschichte ist toll erzählt, zwischendurch grinst man ins Buch hinein, teilweise fühlt man Zells Trauer, ohne dass es einen erdrückt.

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