Delancey by Molly Wizenberg


I just LOVE foodie stories! I don’t know what it is about them but I love to read about the food, the people, the recipes, the tastes, and how it all combines into something wonderful!  ~Sheila


Molly Wizenberg loved that her husband Brandon Pettit was passionate about so much.  A composer, Brandon also was fascinated by espresso machines, boats, building violins and learning to make ice cream.  Molly loved how Brandon wold go after a project and soon, as the pattern seemed to be, Brandon would move on to something else.

When Brandon purchased a large mixer for mixing dough for a potential pizza restaurant Molly was not too worried thinking this too would pass.  But pass…

it did not.

Brandon went on to search out buildings and signed a lease.  Like it or not, Molly was about to have her world enter the pizza business.  And their lives as they knew it were about to change.

Before Molly knew it they were renting cleaners, building an oven, cleaning floors, painting, watching thrift stores for tables and chairs, planning menus, and passing inspections.

Like it or not, Delancey was going to happen.




I absolutely loved this book!  Author Molly Wizenberg shares with us the story of how the now popular Delanceys Restaurant in California rose out of the dust of an old building to the place it is today.  From their early marriage days as Molly wrote her first book and Brandon spent night and day working on the restaurant that was to be.  When they first opened, money was so tight they bought the ingredients they would need daily and hoped to make enough money that day to buy the next days!

Delancey’s if filled with delicious recipes of the food that Molly and Brandon ate during the lean years of little time and little money.  The recipes look delicious and fairly quick and easy which is always a plus for me.

Molly is the creator of the blog Orangette, but fair warning.. its easy to spend a lot of time there!  Also check out the website for Delancey.  Molly is also the author of A homemade Life:  Stories and Recipes from my Kitchen Table.  Another book I need to read!



  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (May 6, 2014)




27 thoughts on “Delancey by Molly Wizenberg

  1. I had heard much regarding this and wish I had unlimited funds for books. I am going to sign up for Orangette

  2. I read a review of this awhile back and it sounded interesting…but a lot of work!!!! ,will have to keep my eye out for it

  3. Sheila, Delancey is on my TBR list! 🙂 I was going to ask if one needs to read A Homemade Life first, but thanks to your last sentence I see that you did not. Love that you post so often!

  4. Ohhhh, so glad I stumbled upon your blog. l love to read, and I love to hear about books I should read that I don’t know about. You’re a good reviewer – I’m now following you. 🙂

  5. A Homemade Life is Wonderful! My book club read it for our summer potluck dinner meeting a few years ago and we all brought one of the recipes to share – yum! I need to read Delancy.

  6. I loved Delancey too! Boy it sure gives an unromantic view of owning a restaurant and trying to support a spouse’s passions.

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