Molly Wizenberg is the successful blogger-turned-author behind Orangette, and this book chronicles the growth of her marriage around the opening of her husband's up-scale pizza restaurant, Delancey. Wizenberg is hesitant, in the beginning of this foray, to even admit that the restaurant will come to fruition. Her husband has a habit of picking up and dropping hobbies, and she imagines the restaurant idea is just another hobby. Pretty soon he's neck-deep in pizza dough recipes, renovating a storefront, and IT'S HAPPENING. And Wizenberg has to come to terms with it all.
Besides being a fun read for foodies, this book is also pretty brave. Her husband knew that she struggled with the restaurant idea, but to put that struggle out for the world to read is another level of trust!
There were a number of things I enjoyed about this book:
- The warm, sitting-with-a-friend-talking writing style
- The in-depth exploration of what makes a successful pizza....from dough to toppings
- The struggle to hire/fire and settle a staff
- Getting a peek behind the scenes of a memoirist as she struggles to write and publish her first book (which was going on while they were opening the restaurant)
- A general look at the way opening a restaurant works! A lot of hard work and more than a pinch of luck.
Even if you don't consider yourself a "foodie," Delancey is a great book. It deals with one of the most loved foods--pizza!--and the people you'll meet in this book are interesting and down-to-earth. This is definitely a quick, fun non-fiction read.
Pub Date: May 2014
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for consideration of a review (an honest one!).
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