Life From ScratchLife From Scratch by Melissa Ford

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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.

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