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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (384 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sandra Lee Narrator: Sandra Lee Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2007 ISBN:
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The true story of how celebrity chef Sandra Lee went from being raised on food stamps to starring in her own TV show, Semi-Homemade Cooking, on the Food Network. This powerful, emotional, and astonishing story will inspire anyone who has faced adversity to overcome challenges and persevere. Sandra's 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. Sandra is stunningly open about her abusive childhood and the responsibility thrust upon her at an early age to be the caretaker of her family. Through a series of tragedies and challenges, she painfully discovered that we are all learned to be a self-sufficient and independent woman.

After moving to Wisconsin at 15 to live with her father, an unexpected tragedy and the fallout from his mistakes required her to get her own apartment while still in high school. At 21, Sandra moved to Los Angeles, working with the gritty resolve and make-do skills she learned as a child, she became a millionaire by the time she was 25, only to lose her fortune before the age of 30 and have to start all over again. Sandra started Semi-Homemade, smarter and wiser from her past mistakes, and has never looked back.

Now dedicated to helping others through various charities and foundations, Sandra is committed to aiding and inspiring people to reach their dreams. Her unforgettable story will show that if she can do it, you can too. Made From Scratch will make you laugh, cry, think, and embrace the grace and glory in every day. Sometimes feisty but always sincere, Made From Scratch has all of the ingredients that make up the recipe of a courageous life and remarkable success.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan McClary | 2/14/2014

    " Looking at Sandra Lee you would think she had a perfect life. However looks can be deceiving. With a great grandparent, the love of the Lord, and hard work - she in not repeating the mistakes of her parents. This is a must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 2/5/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 1/26/2014

    " Why did I read this book? I don't enjoy cooking and I'm not crafty, but I do enjoy stories of successful women who have overcome adversity. The book is not particularly well written, but the story is interesting, and I like Sandra's "semi-homemade" idea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/14/2014

    " If you look at my list of books, you will see this is the second autobiography of a Food Network star. Sandra Lee has lead a difficult life. She's a driven and ambitious woman and I can see why she is so successful in her career. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/1/2014

    " this book was great! I read it in 2 days. Never knew she went through so much in such a short time! She is a very strong woman and endured so much! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katherine Williams | 1/1/2014

    " Think Sandra Lee is a nice person but hate her products. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 12/30/2013

    " You will fall in love with her. Tales of heartbreak, struggle, and success. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hillary | 12/21/2013

    " I give Sandra Lee some credit. She had a tough upbringing, and was scrappy enough to make lemonade out of lemons, so to speak. I give her props for doing well for herself. Her memoir was boring and not particularly well written. I could have just watched her "Chefography" on Food TV and learned as much about her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 12/13/2013

    " Sandra Lee not only has success, but also was an overcomer of her circumstances at such a young age. She took her situation and turned it into the life she dreamed of. I admire her success and constant, unwaivering love for her family under the most difficult circumstances. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 11/28/2013

    " This is the life story of Sandra Lee who does Semi-Homemade. I couldn't put the book down, it was so good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 11/26/2013

    " Good book. Some areas I thought were glossed over though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrianne | 11/22/2013

    " Not at all what I expected from this Food Network TV star. A really hard life and pretty much a self made woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 11/10/2013

    " Great rags to riches story and how can you not like Sandra Lee! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianna | 11/8/2013

    " It's hard to believe what a tough life Sandra had from her personable caring attitude on her show. I loved reading her life story - truly an inspiring woman. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 9/4/2013

    " Interesting. I don't often watch the food network, but I'd like to see her show. Quite a life! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Tyler Wilhelmy | 6/4/2013

    " Super easy read and a really good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 4/15/2013

    " This book was very informative and enlightening that I could not put it down. I was so moved by how sandra lee's childhood life and how she conquered all odds to become what she is today. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenni | 1/11/2013

    " Not exactly well written but interesting and a little funny none-the-less - didn't take me long to read and I appreciate Ms. Lee a little more than I did before I read the book. I still think she's crazy... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Love | 12/31/2012

    " Reading her memoir just made me a bigger fan. Just like her I stepped up to be mom in my childhood home. Very tough job but we do what we think we have to. She did a lovely job telling her story. I felt as though I was right there at times.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 edie3 | 7/20/2012

    " Was surprised at the life she had growing up. She has come a long way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 11/25/2011

    " I have been watching Sandra Lee since she started on the Food Network...it was enlightening to learn about her life. People don't have to blame there life on their family you can rise above it and live with "grace" which she has proved thru what she does... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dena | 11/23/2011

    " Poorly written but a quick read. Sandra Lee really overcame a lot of obstacles to get where she is today. Pretty amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marci | 11/4/2011

    " I never expected the life story I read about. I always thought she grew up provelaged. This was not the case as her story tells. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 8/13/2011

    " What she's accomplished is quite something especially given her childhood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 6/7/2011

    " I was pretty surprised how trouble filled her life was growing up, her mother was a piece of work and she rose above it to have a successful career. I must say it is one book that I did not put down until I completed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katherine | 4/2/2011

    " Think Sandra Lee is a nice person but hate her products. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 1/31/2011

    " Interesting. I don't often watch the food network, but I'd like to see her show. Quite a life! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 1/14/2011

    " Sandra Lee not only has success, but also was an overcomer of her circumstances at such a young age. She took her situation and turned it into the life she dreamed of. I admire her success and constant, unwaivering love for her family under the most difficult circumstances. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/5/2011

    " Totally changed how I thought about her and her products/show. Great story, I'm so glad she shared! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 12/30/2010

    " So laughably bad that it was good! Really, it is like her show: Stupid.
    I had heard that her story was compelling, but this was such crap.
    Or as Lee would call it: CRAPPLESCAPE
    I laughed, I cried (well, not really), I kissed a couple of hours goodbye! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 12/26/2010

    " I can't say I have ever watched her shows, but I have looked through her cookbooks. She tells a sad story about a hard life. Thanks to her grandmother she is the fabulous cook she is today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 12/12/2010

    " Why did I read this book? I don't enjoy cooking and I'm not crafty, but I do enjoy stories of successful women who have overcome adversity. The book is not particularly well written, but the story is interesting, and I like Sandra's "semi-homemade" idea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 11/5/2010

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir - so open and honest. A very enlightening read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 7/8/2010

    " Ok, I was hoping for a little more "spice". Very vanilla. Either she's still keeping a lot of things under wraps or her life hasn't been all that interesting... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 4/9/2010

    " You will fall in love with her. Tales of heartbreak, struggle, and success. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 3/24/2010

    " If you like autobiograpies you would probally like this book. She overcame alot of challenges and adversity in her life. She was a hard worker and had values that helped her achieve the success she has had in her life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 8/26/2009

    " Amazing what she was able to overcome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 8/12/2009

    " The book is a classic rags to riches story. It was very interesting to read and made me appreciate my family and husband even more, but it also made me feel like a slacker for not doing more with my life. "

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About the Author

Sandra Lee is an Emmy-winning and internationally acclaimed expert in all things kitchen and home. She has predicted and changed the trajectory of American lifestyle with her signature “smart and simple” philosophy. She is the host of Food Network’s Sandra’s Money Saving Meals and Semi-Homemade Cooking, a veteran program on the network in its fifteenth season, as well as the host of HGTV’s Sandra Lee Celebrates, a series of holiday primetime specials. Sandra has launched several lines of home, garden, and craft products and produced a successful DIY home improvement series. Her new home products line, Sandra by Sandra Lee, launched at Sears and Kmart in spring 2012. Since 2002 Sandra has written more than twenty cookbooks and a memoir, Made from Scratch, which all together have sold over four million copies.