Delancey: A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage by Molly Wizenberg
Rating: 5 Stars
Description: Wizenberg knew her husband loved pizza but he loved a lot of things that didn't become full time careers. When he announced he was going to open a pizza restaurant she was supportive but didn't think any more of it than when he announced he was going to make violins, open an ice cream shop or build boats. Except this time it happens. When Molly finds herself standing knee deep in a space that they've signed a lease on she begins to question is this really what she wants. What we get is a remarkable story of a marriage, a restaurant and self discovery.
Pros: Let me start off with a confession - I'm not a pizza lover. I don't know if it's my complete lack of Italian blood, the fact that I grew up in the South which isn't know for it's pizza prowess or early on my DNA had to check a box and it chose burgers over pizza. I would gladly drive a couple of hours round trip to eat a cheeseburger made by Bobby Flay or Michael Symons but going out of my way to eat a pizza - even a famous one - is just not going to happen. That being said after reading this book I would gladly stand in line to eat a pizza from Delancey. Wizenberg is back with her mouth watering food descriptions and meeting a friend for coffee writing style but this book is a little different. Where her first book A Homemade Life spanned her entire life well into adulthood and covered countless topics, Delancey takes place over a span of maybe a few years and is focused completely on getting the restaurant running and detailing the effects it had on their lives. It was a fascinating look into what opening a restaurant really takes, what small business ownership can do to a marriage, what happens when someone who loves to cook starts cooking for a living and the differences between a restaurant chef and a home cook. Her look at the effects on herself and her marriage were incredibly open and honest and completely eye opening.
Cons: This is ridiculously minor but I wish there were more pictures. She talks so much about the people and the place I found myself on Google after I put the book down to find out what Brandon, Delancey and the staff really looked like.
Overall Impression: I really loved Wizenberg's first book. So much so that it made the very rarely bestowed status of Keeper. I wasn't really sure where she could go after that since it seemed to encompass so much of her life and cooking foundations. Delancey was very different than the first book but just as good. As someone who loves to cook, the idea of what would it be like to really cook had flitted through my mind a time or two and this answered every question I had. I really loved Wizenberg's first book and Delancey will go right up on the shelf with it!
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