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Delancey : A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage

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When Molly Wizenberg married Brandon Pettit, she vowed to support him and work with him to make their hopes and dreams come true. Even when Brandon's enthusiasms-building a boat, constructing a violin, and opening an ice cream shop-turned out to be nothing more than passing ideas, Molly stayed by his side, supportive and optimistic. So when Brandon decided to open a pizza restaurant, Molly was certain it would join the boat, the violin, and the ice cream shop on his list of abandoned projects. 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 married life were about to change. The two partners gutted and renovated the space, built their own furniture, hired staff, and passed health inspections. When their restaurant turned out to be a success, Molly tried her best to convince herself she was happy in their new life. But that was before Halloween night, when she was forced to admit she hadn't been honest with herself or Brandon. With twenty new home kitchen recipes and evocative photos by Molly, Delancey is a moving and honest account of how two young people learned to give in and let go in order to strengthen their bond and receive something more.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 142.24 x 215.9 x 25.4mm | 430.91g
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 12 b&w images t-o; printed endpapers
  • 1451655096
  • 9781451655094
  • 114,922

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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

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About Molly Wizenberg

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 Appetit and The Washington Post. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband Brandon and their daughter June.

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