Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Delancey by Molly Wizenberg

Molly Wizenberg is known in the foodie world for her blog Orangette and  her first book A Homemade Life.  Her life revolves around her great love of good food.  Simple, not fussy, but tasty food.  Delancey begins after Molly and her husband, Brandon settle in Seattle.  Brandon decides to open a pizza restaurant.  And so begins the tale of two people who love food, work hard to open a restaurant with a lot of help from friends and family, and find out what they're made of in the process.

This process is incredibly difficult, full of stops and starts, disappointments, and a community of support that keeps them moving towards their goal.  Molly keeps waiting for Brandon to wake up and say "Ok, I'm done with this idea."  But he doesn't.  And Molly finds herself both loving and despising the restaurant.  

It's an interesting look at a young marriage and the added stress of putting all of their faith in this one big idea.  It's also about finding out just how much you're willing to do to achieve your dream.  Lots of hard work, late nights, no sleep, worry over money, and tasting pizza over and over and over again.  

Fans of the food writing genre will want to pick this up.  It's not the gritty, down and dirty look at the world of food that we've come to know from Anthony Bourdain.  It's a bit more gentle, but effective none the less. Mostly Molly and Brandon learn to work together as a team, form a strong marriage, and make some delish pizza.  If you're curious about Molly's first book, give it a try.  It's a sweet book about her life up to meeting Brandon.  Both books are full of recipes that you'll want to try.

Rating:  7/10 for the continuing  story of Molly, Brandon, and their marriage.  Fun read.

Available in hardcover and e-book.  A Homemade Life is available in paperback, e-book, and audio.  

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