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, winner of the 2015 James Beard Foundation Award, 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, and her work has appeared in "Bon AppEtit", "The Washington Post", "The Art of Eating", and "The Guardian", and on Saveur.com and Gourmet.com. She also cohosts the hit podcast "Spilled Milk". She lives in Seattle with her husband Brandon Pettit, their daughter June, and two dogs named Jack and Alice. She and Brandon own and run the restaurants Delancey and Essex.