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

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

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.

Title:Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage
Edition Language:English

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  • Stephanie

    After loving Molly Wizenberg's A Homemade Life, I opened to the first page of Delancey with high expectations. Yet about halfway through the memoir, disappointment crept in. Wizenberg's writing style ...

  • Diana

    When my husband and I are not dreaming about living off the land on some kind of homestead, we're dreaming about having our own restaurant. As I dawdle around my kitchen on a Saturday morning, I'll th...

  • Robyn

    I always love Wizenberg's writing; it's intimate and lovely, and I want to eat every single thing she mentions. Loved this story of opening a restaurant with her husband, and the difficulties that ens...

  • Cher

    3 stars - It was good.Interesting memoir with some very yummy recipes included that I intend to try.-------------------------------------------Favorite Quote: I knew what it was like to be staring dow...

  • Rebecca

    What a delightful read. This made me wish I could go grab a pizza at Delancey, or get invited to a dinner party at Molly Wizenberg’s place – if only both weren’t way out in Seattle. There’s su...

  • Beth Knight

    Really a 3.5-star book. I enjoyed reading about most of what Molly and her husband went through in order to open up their Seattle-based pizza restaurant, Delancey. One part I wasn't really interested ...

  • Myrna

    Molly is a good writer. This was an enjoyable book about the love of food and the perseverance to start a pizzeria. I think I should have read the book instead of listening to the audiobook. I want to...

  • Lisa

    I love love loved A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg, so of course I requested Delancey. I was not disappointed!The short of it: Wizenberg has a way of writing that makes me feel like we’d totally b...

  • Nancy Kennedy

    I absolutely loved My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store by Ben Ryder Howe. So I was looking forward to this read that promised a similar, riveting story about a young couple whose ma...

  • Heather

    I read this in front of my fireplace over a chilly fall weekend. Just perfect. This has a great narrative (sometimes food memoirs can feel a bit disjointed, but this one has a distinct through line, a...