A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage

Book - 2014
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The New York Times bestseller from the author of A Homemade Life and the blog Orangette about opening a restaurant with her new husband: "You'll feel the warmth from this pizza oven...cheerfully honest...warm and inclusive, just like her cooking" ( USA TODAY ).

When Molly Wizenberg married Brandon Pettit, he was a trained composer with a handful of offbeat interests: espresso machines, wooden boats, violin-building, and ice cream-making. So when Brandon decided to open a pizza restaurant, Molly was supportive--not because she wanted him to do it, but because the idea was so far-fetched that she didn't think he would. Before she knew it, he'd signed a lease on a space. The restaurant, Delancey, was going to be a reality, and all of Molly's assumptions about her marriage were about to change.

Together they built Delancey: gutting and renovating the space on a cobbled-together budget, developing a menu, hiring staff, and passing inspections. Delancey became a success, and Molly tried to convince herself that she was happy in their new life until--in the heat and pressure of the restaurant kitchen--she realized that she hadn't been honest with herself or Brandon.

With evocative photos by Molly and twenty new recipes for the kind of simple, delicious food that chefs eat at home, Delancey explores that intimate territory where food and life meet. This moving and honest account of two people learning to give in and let go in order to grow together is "a crave-worthy memoir that is part love story, part restaurant industry tale. Scrumptious" ( People ).
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2014
ISBN: 9781451655117
Characteristics: x, 241 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm


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Mar 18, 2015

A fun, easy read about starting up a restaurant with her husband.

Feb 28, 2015

An enjoyable and easy read. You want this joint in your neighbourhood. However I found her first book, a story about her coming-of-age, far more interesting.

Sep 13, 2014

Charming and interesting. I signed up for her blog as a result of reading this book.

bibliotechnocrat Aug 20, 2014

This is a charming memoir from food blogger Molly Wizenberg (Orangette). Short chapters are followed by recipes (no pizza recipe, alas), and the narrative clips along at a brisk pace. It would be fair to say that this memoir is centred on food, but it is the journey that makes this book work. The development of the author's relationship with her husband is paralleled with the creation (and evolution) of their restaurant. As with so many such experiences, the author discovers unexpected things about herself that she might not want to have known.

booklady413 Jun 25, 2014

Even if you are not in the process of opening a restaurant this is an interesting read about relationships and keeping a marriage going while tweaking a restaurant business.

Jun 19, 2014

I enjoyed her book, Homemade Life, much more. It's funny because I think the one thing that maybe she talks about too much in both books is her husband. In this book, she starts off talking so much about her husband that is gets too be almost annoying (note, in her other book, I thought she talks too much about her husband on the last half!) Halfway through, the chatter about her husband tapers off and it turns into a pretty good story. I haven't heard of a book from the perspective of young restaurant owners so that was really interesting. She is a talented writer and her style is appealingly addictive. Could not put down this book after the halfway point!

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