Life from Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness by Sasha Martin.
I had really low expectations for this book, which I thought was a food memoir but was so much more than that. On the surface, it’s the story of a woman who decides to cook a meal from every country in the world, one week at a time, for 195 weeks. Yes, it’s full of interesting recipes and humorous stories about her messing up dinners and uplifting stories about bringing people together over food, but there’s also so much more, like the author trying to come to grips with some truly terrible things that happened in her childhood, and trying to make sense of the way her upbringing is affecting her family in the present day. It was heartfelt and interesting and is recommended for the spot where a love for food and love for a good self-searching memoir overlap.