In this funny, frank, tender memoir and "New York Times" bestseller, the author of "A Homemade Life" and the blog Orangette recounts how opening a restaurant sparked the first crisis of her young marriage.
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" is a moving and honest account of two young people learning to give in and let go in order to grow together.
About the Author
Molly Wizenberg is a freelance food writer and the creator of the award-winning blog "Orangette". She is a regular contributor to Bon Appetit", and her writing has been featured on NPR.org and PBS.org and has been praised in "The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, " and "The Seattle Times". Wizenberg has degrees in human biology, French, and cultural anthropology, but in 2005, she left the world of academia to write full-time.