Delancey by Molly Wizenberg audiobook

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

By Molly Wizenberg
Read by Caroline Shaffer

6.33 Hours 06/30/2014 Unabridged
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In this funny, frank, and tender memoir, the author of the New York Times bestseller 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 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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Summary

Summary

A May 2014 LibraryReads Pick

In this funny, frank, and tender memoir, the author of the New York Times bestseller 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 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A crave-worthy memoir that is part love story, part restaurant industry tale. Scrumptious.” People
“When I sit down with Molly Wizenberg’s writing, it feels as though she’s just across the counter, coffee cup in hand, sharing an intimate truth…Inspiring, entertaining, and informative… A satisfying read.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Charming…humorous, intimate, and honest.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Fun and engaging.” Publishers Weekly
“One challenge of performing memoir is maintaining the authenticity of the author’s voice. Narrator Caroline Shaffer meets the challenge with an informal, conversational tone that allows listeners easy access to this personal story…Shaffer handles the occasional foreign word with aplomb, and her minimalist approach to characterizations works well.” AudioFile
Delancey is so riveting, well-written, and interesting, I found myself wishing it were twice as long. Molly Wizenberg writes as well about life as she does about food. Her voice is so charming and funny and poignant, it made me want to invite myself over to her place for dinner, where I would certainly overstay. I loved this book.” Kate Christensen, New York Times bestselling author of Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites
“You might think making pizza is a piece of cake (or pie!) But Molly Wizenberg’s tale of triumph as she and her husband learn to make the perfect pie, and construct the restaurant to serve it in, make for delicious—and dramatic—reading. Told with humility and humor, Delancey shows that with hard work and determination, dreams can come true…no matter what obstacles lie in your way.” David Lebovitz, New York Times bestselling author of My Paris Kitchen
“Molly Wizenberg writes with the sweet candor of Laurie Colwin and the sly amusement of M.F.K. Fisher. Delancey is the perfect restaurant tale—gripping, nutty, and yet somehow meant to be.” Amanda Hesser, cofounder of Food52 and author of The Essential New York Times Cookbook
“Molly Wizenberg’s Delancey is so much more than a memoir about opening a highly regarded pizza restaurant. It is a story about building a marriage and a beloved community through grit, thrift, and self-determination in the pursuit of excellence. Ultimately this is a story about wholeheartedly embracing the one you love without trying to smooth away the rough edges or edit out the hard parts. It is also a most delicious read that sent me to the kitchen as soon as I turned the final page.” Susan Rebecca White, author of A Place at the Table
Delancey is the extraordinary tale of what it means to build a life with the person you love and the professional roller coaster ride that is opening and running a wildly successful restaurant together. Molly Wizenberg has, in her inimitable way, written a modern love story that marries razor-edged wit to warmth, and passion to flavor; Delancey is an utterly delicious read.” Elissa Altman, author of Poor Man’s Feast

Reviews

Reviews

by ShortNFuzzy 9/13/2017
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This book brings up a lot of feeling-hunger being one of them.

I've heard that the restaurant industry is difficult and heart breaking and close to impossible to be successful in ("wanna make a small fortune in the restaurant business? start with a large fortune.") This book paints a very vivid picture of life in and around this culture and starts with the idea for a restaurant, continues through the pipe dreams and into the insane realities, and then the modest success. You route for Molly and her husband every step of the way and sympathize with them when thing go wrong (and in some cases-spectacularly wrong). There is more range of emotions and tension in this wonderful memoir than in MOST fiction I've read in the last ten years. WARNING! There is much talk of food in this, and even some recipes. I think I gained 5 pounds listening to this book. (Hey...I got hungry) Great narration too!

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 6.33
Audience: Adult
Language: English