A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage

Book - 2014
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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"--
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2014.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781451655094
Branch Call Number: 647.95797 WI
Characteristics: x, 241 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Mar 18, 2015

A fun, easy read about starting up a restaurant with her husband.

Feb 28, 2015

An enjoyable and easy read. You want this joint in your neighbourhood. However I found her first book, a story about her coming-of-age, far more interesting.

Sep 13, 2014

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

bibliotechnocrat Aug 20, 2014

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.

booklady413 Jun 25, 2014

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

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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