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Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage Hardcover – 8 May 2014
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"A crave-worthy memoir that is part love story, part restaurant industry tale. Scrumptious.” (People)
"You'll feel the warmth from this pizza oven...affectionate...cheerfully honest...warm and inclusive, just like her cooking." (USA Today)
"Wizenberg shines as a writer. She brilliantly turns the ups and downs of their do-it-yourself project into a compelling yet hilarious narrative....Like dipping into a lively, keenly observed diary....Charming." (Boston Globe)
"Charming, funny, and honest--in a hip, understated way--Wizenberg combines simple, appealing recipes with a tale of how nurturing her husband's passion project helped her see him, and herself, more clearly." (More)
"The messy, explosive, and exhilarating story of giving birth to a restaurant...draws readers right into the heat of the kitchen." (Christian Science Monitor)
“When I sit down with Molly Wizenberg’s writing, it feels as though she’s just across the counter, coffee cup in hand, sharing an intimate truth….Inspiring, entertaining and informative, [Delancey] is a satisfying read.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
"What makes this story so readable...is that it doesn't just chronicle the nuts and bolts of starting a restaurant. It's as much about navigating a new marriage, figuring out what kind of life you want to make together and what roles you want to play in life together." (Dinner: A Love Story)
"Honest, humorous, and endearing." (PopSugar)
"It's about how the things we make, make us. It's also about discovering our stories as we live them, learning to understand them, and ourselves through them. Oh, and it's about pizza too." (Sweet Amandine)
"Illuminates the restaurant experience in a way that was entirely new to me....Molly's gift is to walk you through the process while simultaneously broadcasting her own emotional journey...honest and essential." (Amateur Gourmet)
"You will cheer for Wizenberg...and her husband as they navigate the exciting and sometimes treacherous task of opening a Seattle pizza shop--and try to build a marriage too, in this honest, sprightly memoir." (Coastal Living)
"Charming . . . humorous, intimate, and honest." (Library Journal (starred review))
"Fun and engaging." (Publishers Weekly)
"Entertaining and wondering and plainspoken...full of the hard work and trial and error of emerging into adulthood." (Bookforum)
"Molly Wizenberg writes with the sweet candor of Laurie Colwin and the sly amusement of M.F.K. Fisher. Delancey is the perfect restaurant tale -- gripping, nutty, and yet somehow meant to be." (Amanda Hesser co-founder of Food52 and author of The Essential New York Times Cookbook)
"Delancey is so riveting, well-written, and interesting, I found myself wishing it were twice as long. Molly Wizenberg writes as well about life as she does about food. Her voice is so charming and funny and poignant, it made me want to invite myself over to her place for dinner, where I would certainly overstay. I loved this book." (Kate Christensen author of Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites)
"You might think making pizza is a piece of cake (or pie!) But Molly Wizenberg’s tale of triumph as she and her husband learn to make the perfect pie, and construct the restaurant to serve it in, make for delicious – and dramatic – reading. Told with humility and humor, Delancey shows that with hard work and determination, dreams can come true . . . no matter what obstacles lie in your way." (David Lebovitz author of My Paris Kitchen)
"Molly Wizenberg’s Delancey is so much more than a memoir about opening a highly regarded pizza restaurant. It is a story about building a marriage and a beloved community through grit, thrift, and self-determination in the pursuit of excellence. Ultimately this is a story about whole-heartedly embracing the one you love without trying to smooth away the rough edges or edit out the hard parts. It is also a most delicious read (with recipes!) that sent me to the kitchen as soon as I turned the final page." (Susan Rebecca White author of A Place at the Table)
"Delancey is the extraordinary tale of what it means to build a life with the person you love, and the professional roller coaster ride that is opening and running a wildly successful restaurant together. Molly Wizenberg has, in her inimitable way, written a modern love story that marries razor-edged wit to warmth, and passion to flavor; Delancey is an utterly delicious read." (Elissa Altman Poor Man's Feast)
About the Author
Molly Wizenberg is the voice behind Orangette, named the best food blog in the world by the London Times. Her first book, A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, was a New York Times bestseller. Her work has appeared in Bon Appétit and The Washington Post. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband Brandon and their daughter June.See all Product description
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My daughter and her family took me to Delancey in 2011. I was surprised at how small the restaurant was, even though I knew it was small from reading about it. We arrived early, and waited for Delancey to open. The sounds of happy people resonated down the street, and once inside it was homey and smelled so good. We each ordered a pizza, my grandson, then 5, ate an entire pizza by himself. I ordered the Margharita pizza and had one piece left to bring home. It was the best pizza I have eaten. My daughter and her family have been back many times. This is an off side to let you know that when Molly talks about how hard Brandon worked to find the best pizza dough and the best over-all pizza, he succeeded.
Molly tells the story of the thought processes and development of Delancey, at the same time intertwining the story of Molly and Brandon's marriage. Both have been difficult, and, at times, Molly wondered what they were doing. Brandon had a habit of finding something he loved, working at it until he accomplished the best result. The thought of a pizza restaurant was something Molly thought was probably a passing fancy. She was immersed in writing her first book, had a contract, and had to finish the book and then tour. When the book was all said and done, Molly finally realized that Brandon's wish for the restaurant was a reality, and this was something he loved. She had a sense of dismay and told him that she did not want this restaurant. Shocked and dismayed, Brandon moved on anway, and Molly soon joined him. This is their story. They essentially did all of the work themselves, friends helped, but it was their hard work. Cleaning, painting, purchasing second hand furniture and equipment and finally hiring staff.
Running a restaurant is not easy, and we learn first hand the ups and downs of staff personalities, and what it takes to make a restaurant work. Interspersed throughout the book are recipes from the restaurant, usually salads and desserts. Lots of stories of people, places and things, all written in the style of Molly's blog. I found the book very satisfying. I could picture in my mind's eye, the restaurant, the staff, the pizzas and the desserts. The story of Molly's realization that change is not easy for her, is the story of many people. However, she was able to share her innermost feelings of not being able to keep up with the restaurant's needs, and that seemed, to me, an honest realization. Today, Molly and Brandon have their young child, June, the most important person in their lives. And, a new bar, 'Essex' next door to Delanceys. This is a story of success and the labor and love required.
Recommended. prisrob 04-06-16
Delancey,I didn't,t think was her story to tell. I would have liked to have read Brandon's side of this.Molly usually writes beautifully. For me, this book didn't flow, and was hesitant in places,as well as being a bit "clunky".Maybe I need to give it another go.
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