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Delancey

A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage

By Molly Wizenberg

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.

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  • BIOGRAPHY Wizenberg, Molly, Biography

Publish Date

2014

ISBN

9781451655094


Format: Book
Author: Wizenberg, Molly
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.
Title: Delancey : a man, a woman, a restaurant, a marriage / Molly Wizenberg.
Publisher Date: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
Subject: Wizenberg, Molly. Pettit, Brandon. Delancey (Pizzeria : Seattle, Wash.) Pizzerias -- Washington (State) -- Seattle. Restaurateurs -- United States -- Biography. Food writers -- United States -- Biography.
Isbn: 9781451655094 (hardback) 1451655096 (hardback) 9781451655117 (trade paperback) 1451655118 (trade paperback)
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System Items Available: 1
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Call Number: B Wizenberg
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Bib Id: 518428

Format: Book
Author: Wizenberg, Molly.
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.
Title: Delancey : a man, a woman, a restaurant, a marriage / Molly Wizenberg.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Publisher, Date: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
Description: x, 241 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Subjects: Wizenberg, Molly.
Subjects: Pettit, Brandon.
Subjects: Delancey (Pizzeria : Seattle, Wash.)
Subjects: Pizzerias -- Washington (State) -- Seattle.
Subjects: Restaurateurs -- United States -- Biography.
Subjects: Food writers -- United States -- Biography.
Notes: Includes index.
LCCN: 2013034429
ISBN: 9781451655094 (hardback)
ISBN: 1451655096 (hardback)
ISBN: 9781451655117 (trade paperback)
ISBN: 1451655118 (trade paperback)
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 4
Call Number: B Wizenberg