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Made From Scratch: A Memoir

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  639 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
This powerful, emotional, and astonishing story will inspire anyone who has faced adversity to overcome challenges and persevere. Sandraas candid account of her personal journey offers a rare glimpse into the life of the woman behind the phenomenal success of Semi-Homemade. Smart, witty, and moving, Made From Scratch is an uplifting tale of determination and survival. Sand ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published November 6th 2007 by Meredith Books
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Jul 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Here I thought Sandra Lee was just another privileged blond bimbo who made it rich because of people she knew and her looks. Little did I know about Sandra Lee. She had a difficult childhood and is truely a survivor. Quite an inspirational success story.
Oct 04, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: memoirs
In my years of culture snobbery I have learned a great many things. I have been shown time and time again that even though a title is on a best seller list it can still be a good read. I have discovered the joys of paperback fiction, and the thrills of celebrity memoirs. I have learned to appreciate pop music, country music, world music, and a variety of other musics I once found untouchable. I enjoy big dogs and little dogs equally, and I some of the finest people I have met have less than a h ...more
Apr 16, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: vittles
Apparently "overcoming adversity" means the following: growing up with your Laurence Welk fan of a grandmother who thinks the angels save people parking spots at the grocery store, enduring some abuse at the hands of your parents and having to take more responsibility around the house, and then becoming insanely rich making as-seen-on-TV gadgets for hanging revolting curtains and writing books about how you can substitute Cool Whip mixed with vanilla extract for actual whipped cream because the ...more
Meg Powers
Ugh. I wish I could give this a half star. Her autobiography was co-written. This probably has to do with a lack of any real personal voice. Reading the dust jacket, I'm going to assume that this is a pretty common thing for vapid sort-of celebrities who can't write for shit.

I suppose I have to clarify I knew this would be awful, but I just LOVE the train wreck that is Sandra Lee,and I thought it would be a good goof. I did consider that MAAAYBE reading her autobiography would humanize her to a
May 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
I read this book in one afternoon/evening. I have never done that before. I just felt like I wanted to know how it turned out, even though I pretty much already did. I had always thought she was a Dr.'s wife or something that just had to entertain and have parties. After seeing part of her chefography show on Food Network, I learned otherwise. My mom happened to have this book so I was excited to read it when she was finished. What a life Sandra had and what an inspiration she is/could be to gir ...more
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Embarrassingly I thought I was reading about Sara Lee for the first hour or more - not that I knew anything about either of them, I just like to discover people by reading their books so I try not to read the description too thoroughly so as not to spoil the fun. Nice outcome this time!

Sandra Lee's story proves that your destiny is earned. She has a remarkable story that is inspiring and uplifting in a way I had not expected. I love stories of people who make something with nothing but stay true
Jan 04, 2008 rated it liked it
A fast read. Not particularly well-written, but a decent rags-to-riches story. I have not been a fan of her TV show, but now that I know how hard she worked to get where she is I think I'll give it a second chance.
Darlene Payne
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wanted to read this book because I had heard there was a lot more to Ms Lee's background than one would think. She's beautiful, famous and successful, so I didn't know what to expect. I was surprised to learn that she was the product of a neglectful home, and her mother dropped her and her sister off at her grandmother's and didn't come back for years. That was actually the bright spot of Ms Lee's childhood, because living with her grandmother she had structure, affection, guidance and love. U ...more
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
I enjoyed her show, and had seen a piece about her on Chefography. That is what interested me in finding more about Sandra Lee. She is a strong woman who overcame tremendous odds.
Whistlers Mom
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read a library copy of this book five or six years ago and have never forgotten it. At the time, I had never heard of Sandra Lee and Her "Semi-Homemade" cook books or show. I've always been too busy cooking to spend much time reading about it or watching cooking shows. To me, it's just a beautiful, memorable story of a person who lived through a tough childhood and survived and thrived.

The author says at the end of her book that it came as a huge surprise to many people that she had grown up i
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