Friday, February 20, 2015
Title: Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage
Author: Molly Wizenberg
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Number of Pages: May 6, 2014
How I Got It: Library
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.
I had not heard of Molly Wizenberg or her blog, Orangette, before I picked up this book. I was hearing some buzz about it when it was released last summer. The description caught my attention because I've daydreamed before about opening a restaurant. It is fun to think about but I don't think I would have the chops for it! Molly and her husband had no serious restaurant work under their belts yet they jumped in feet first and opened Delancey. Molly chronicles their journey from finding the perfect location, to what restaurant workers and chefs eat themselves, to the problems running a restaurant placed on her marriage in this lovely book featuring beautiful photos and recipes. I really enjoyed this book and will be adding her first book A Homemade Life to my list.