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

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

by Molly Wizenberg
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Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage by Molly Wizenberg

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).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451655117
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 562,524
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.37(h) x 0.60(d)

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 Appétit, The Washington Post, The Art of Eating, and The Guardian, and on and 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.

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Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
nikki1CO More than 1 year ago
I loved Ms Wizenbergs's first book "A Homemade Life". Delancey does not disapoint. The writing is clear, honest, sometimes painfully so. tOne wonders at the courage it took to open a pizza restaurant & turn their lives upside down from what the author thought they would be. I so admire her courage in admitting that she didn't want to do it, realized that she was not happy being in the restaurant business but then came around to what made her happy. The writing is crystalline, a wonderful economy of words,but beautifully done. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about food, who enjoys a really human story with a happy ending, but you're not quite sure for a while!
Christine_Emming More than 1 year ago
As someone who's considered opening a restaurant, I picked this up in part out of curiosity about the nuts and bolts of the thing. Having read her first book, and followed Orangette for years, I would have read it regardless, but probably not pre-ordered. Well, it could have been three times longer and I'd have raced through at the same speed. Wizenberg's writing, as always, is succinct and often witty, and the story of both her restaurant and marriage an entertaining read.
KateUnger 7 months ago
Delancey is a memoir about a couple who opened their own pizza place in Seattle. Or at least that’s what I was expecting it to be about. What I was not expecting was for it to be written by the wife who had very little involvement in the restaurant that her husband was starting. What I also didn’t expect was for there to be so many recipes in the book. I guess since it’s kind of a food memoir that shouldn’t have surprised me, but it did. And because I was listening to this book on audio, I couldn’t really skip over the recipes. This book is sort of a “how to” on opening a restaurant. I enjoyed the parts about Brandon trying to make the perfect pizza from the crust experimentation to the selection of cheeses to the hours of practice with a wood-fired oven. What was missing though was the emotion. This book is kind of told second hand because Brandon didn’t write the book, and Molly really didn’t want to have anything to do with the restaurant at the beginning. She thought it was another one of his crazy schemes. That’s something I can relate to, as my own husband is very passionate, but there was something missing from this book. It read (well, listened?) like a litany of steps taken to get to opening the restaurant, but it was so dry and unfeeling. Perhaps because the last memoir I read was The Yellow Envelope, which was nothing but honesty and emotion, this book just fell kind of flat for me. It was OK, but nothing special. All that said…if I am ever in Seattle, I want to eat at Delancey because the pizza does sound amazing.
DoranneLongPTMS More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book on several levels, including the recipes and other ingredient information. I also loved the behind-the-scenes of creating, starting, and running a restaurant, especially with our family of restaurant cooks. I appreciated her sharing, with honesty, of their difficulties, while keeping a sense of humor. I liked the last line of the book, regarding allowing spouses to flow their own way, and to be able to come together again. Thanks Molly, for sharing your life, marriage, and the restaurant.
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Cisley More than 1 year ago
I finished reading Delancey last night. I really enjoyed it. I had read Molly Wizenberg's first book A Homemade Life last year. Being familiar with the author, I bought this one without a second thought. Molly's first book was based more on her cooking/recipes. This book is a great primer for those interested in opening a restaurant. She lets the reader know just how expensive, difficult and time consuming it is, but not in a harsh way. Molly Wizenberg just has a way with words and I am looking forward to her next book. I live across the Puget Sound from Seattle, where her book is based, so that didn't hurt! One of these days my husband and I will have to make it over to Delancey's .
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Talks way too much about the preparations for opening the restaurant. I quit reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perhaps the fact that I live in Seattle and am a huge fan of this pizzeria makes me not have total objectivity about this book. But aside from that, the story grabs you and the writing is phenomenal. By the time you're close to the end, you'll be so invested in their story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago