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Netflix’s ‘From Scratch’ follows the story of Amy and Lino,Based on Tembi Locke’s memoir of the same name. Amy arrives in Florence to study art, where her path crosses with Lino’s, a young Sicilian chef who left home to follow his dreams. Sparks fly between them as he falls in love at first sight, and later, Amy falls head over heels for him too. However, their happily-ever-after takes a tragic turn and the couple has to rely on their family and friends to survive the challenges in their lives. The complications in their relationships take a backseat as both Amy and Lino’s families rise up to the occasion and become their support systems. In the end, Amy faces a tough decision, especially considering the future of her daughter. Subscribe to Kino book on Youtube for more From Scratch Season 1 scenes!
Lino is a chef from Sicily and Amy is an art student from America. There are a lot of challenges in front of them, but they overcome them together while chasing their dreams in Los Angeles. Just when it looks like things have taken a turn for the better, a tragic event upends their lives. What follows is a heartbreaking tale of love, loss, and strength in the face of all odds.
Created by Tembi Locke and Attica Locke, the show follows Amy and Lino’s love story from the beginning to the end and realistically portrays the many challenges in a relationship with two people from very different cultural backgrounds and complicated family histories. If this makes you wonder whether the narrative of ‘From Scratch’ is rooted in reality, here’s everything you should know!
Is From Scratch a True Story?
Yes, ‘From Scratch’ is based on a true story. The drama series is inspired by co-creator Tembi Locke’s best-selling memoir ‘From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily and Finding Home’ published in 2019. Much like it happens in the Netflix series, Locke met Rosario “Saro” Gullo, a Sicilian chef, while she was in Florence. They fell in love, moved to Los Angeles, got married, and adopted a child, named Zoela. But sadly, Saro died in 2012 after a long battle with cancer. Locke wrote the book as a love letter to her late husband, his homeland, and their daughter.
Locke started writing about her and Saro’s story after he was diagnosed with cancer. “I cut back on acting but still needed a creative outlet. It became a way to document and unpack this big life experience,” she told Evereve. However, the idea of actually turning her writings into a full-fledged book hit her when she was in Sicily. In conversation with Shondaland, she said, “I was seated with my young daughter and across from us my mother-in-law at the dinner table at the end of what had been like the perfect summer day.”
Locke continued, “And I had a thought: How did we get here, especially given where we started AND given that the only person connecting us is gone? That question felt like the making of a book,” she said. It took another two years for Locke to actually start working on the book, but once she was done with it, things moved forward very quickly. Her sister, Attica, who’d worked on ‘Little Fires Everywhere,’ produced by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, was in talks to work on other projects. By then, Tembi had finished her book but it wasn’t yet published.
When Lauren Neustadter, the head of the company, talked about a story that would focus on the complicated relationship between a daughter-in-law and a mother-in-law, Attica thought of her sister’s story. “All of a sudden, I told her how my sister wrote a book. I got so excited and started talking a mile a minute, and I pitched the book from the top all the way through. I called Tembi from the valet and said, Oops, I might have pitched your whole book to the head of Hello Sunshine. I hope you’re okay with that,” she said.
In bringing the story to the screen, a couple of changes were made. The names of the characters were changed, which “allowed them to be of the actual people, but free to move about the cabin in their own kind of way.” In the show, Amy, unlike Tembi, who is an actress, is a visual artist. Amy’s sister, Zora, is a teacher, but in real life, Tembi’s sister Attica is a writer and film and TV producer. Apart from this, the drama was also dialed up a little, especially when it came to Amy and Lino’s families.
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