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Delancey

A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage
Wizenberg, Molly (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"When Molly Wizenberg married Brandon Pettit, she vowed always to support him, to work with him to make their hopes and dreams real. She evinced enthusiasm about Brandon's enthusiasms: building a violin, building a boat, and opening an ice cream store--none of which came to pass. So when Brandon started making plans to open a pizza restaurant, Molly felt sure that the restaurant would join the list of Brandon's abandoned projects. When she finally realized that Delancey really was going to happen, that Brandon was going to change all of her assumptions about what their married life would be like, it was too late. She faced the first crisis in their young marriage. Opening a restaurant is not like hosting a dinner party every night. Molly and Brandon's budget was small, and the tasks at hand were often overhwelming. They had to find a space they could afford, gut renovate it themselves, find second-hand furniture and equipment, build what furniture they couldn't find, buy and install a wood-burning oven, pass health inspections, hire staff, and establish a billing and payroll system. They lost a financial partner. Their cook disappeared the day they opened. Still, their restaurant was a success, and Molly managed to convince herself that she was happy in their new life. Until Halloween night, when she was forced to admit she could no longer pretend. While Delancey is a funny and frank look at behind-the-scenes restaurant life, it is also a bravely honest and moving portrait of a tender young marriage and two partners who had to find out how to let each other go in order to come together"-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Wizenberg, Molly
Title: Delancey
a man, a woman, a restaurant, a marriage
Publisher: New York, NY :, Simon & Schuster,, 2014
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Characteristics: x, 241 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Molly Wizenberg
Notes: Includes index
Summary: "When Molly Wizenberg married Brandon Pettit, she vowed always to support him, to work with him to make their hopes and dreams real. She evinced enthusiasm about Brandon's enthusiasms: building a violin, building a boat, and opening an ice cream store--none of which came to pass. So when Brandon started making plans to open a pizza restaurant, Molly felt sure that the restaurant would join the list of Brandon's abandoned projects. When she finally realized that Delancey really was going to happen, that Brandon was going to change all of her assumptions about what their married life would be like, it was too late. She faced the first crisis in their young marriage. Opening a restaurant is not like hosting a dinner party every night. Molly and Brandon's budget was small, and the tasks at hand were often overhwelming. They had to find a space they could afford, gut renovate it themselves, find second-hand furniture and equipment, build what furniture they couldn't find, buy and install a wood-burning oven, pass health inspections, hire staff, and establish a billing and payroll system. They lost a financial partner. Their cook disappeared the day they opened. Still, their restaurant was a success, and Molly managed to convince herself that she was happy in their new life. Until Halloween night, when she was forced to admit she could no longer pretend. While Delancey is a funny and frank look at behind-the-scenes restaurant life, it is also a bravely honest and moving portrait of a tender young marriage and two partners who had to find out how to let each other go in order to come together"-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 9781451655094
1451655096
9781451655117
1451655118
9781451655124
1451655126
Branch Call Number: 647.95797 W835d 2014
Subject Headings: Delancey (Pizzeria : Seattle, Wash.) Pizzerias Washington (State) Seattle Wizenberg, Molly Pettit, Brandon Restaurateurs United States Biography Food writers United States Biography
Genre/Form: Cookbooks
Topical Term: Pizzerias
Restaurateurs
Food writers
LCCN: 2013034429
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From the author's mother's pound cake, a staple of summer picnics during her childhood in Oklahoma, to the eggs she cooked for her father during the weeks before his death, food and memories are intimately entwined.


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Sep 13, 2014
  • JudithE rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Charming and interesting. I signed up for her blog as a result of reading this book.

Aug 20, 2014
  • bibliotechnocrat rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a charming memoir from food blogger Molly Wizenberg (Orangette). Short chapters are followed by recipes (no pizza recipe, alas), and the narrative clips along at a brisk pace. It would be fair to say that this memoir is centred on food, but it is the journey that makes this book work. The development of the author's relationship with her husband is paralleled with the creation (and evolution) of their restaurant. As with so many such experiences, the author discovers unexpected things about herself that she might not want to have known.

Jun 25, 2014
  • booklady413 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Even if you are not in the process of opening a restaurant this is an interesting read about relationships and keeping a marriage going while tweaking a restaurant business.

Jun 19, 2014
  • swong1000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed her book, Homemade Life, much more. It's funny because I think the one thing that maybe she talks about too much in both books is her husband. In this book, she starts off talking so much about her husband that is gets too be almost annoying (note, in her other book, I thought she talks too much about her husband on the last half!) Halfway through, the chatter about her husband tapers off and it turns into a pretty good story. I haven't heard of a book from the perspective of young restaurant owners so that was really interesting. She is a talented writer and her style is appealingly addictive. Could not put down this book after the halfway point!

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