Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage by Molly Wizenberg
(Simon & Schuster, 2014, 241 pages)
This memoir recounts how Wizenberg and her husband Brandon found themselves starting up a restaurant not long after getting married. It was Brandon’s idea from the beginning, but he was always getting ideas and never really bringing them to fruition so Molly supported him while believing in the back of her mind that this whole restaurant idea wasn’t ever really going to happen. But gradually things fell into place. They leased a space, they perfected recipes, they acquired staff… Before she knew it, Molly was helping her husband open their restaurant, Delancey.
Opening a restaurant is no small feat and it comes with its share of tension and drama. Molly recounts that along with the benefits of having your own place and making the food you love. This memoir is a quick read and you’ll find it appealing if you’re a fan of the Orangette blog (which the author runs) or simply enjoy food-related writing.