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Delancey

by Daniel Scheffler
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Friday May 23, 2014
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One in awhile, and I so look forward to these, an upfront, earnest and down right entertaining memoir comes along that doesn’t need to impress or overstate or invite compliments - it just breathes light and some truth (or a version of it) in the world. And so is the case with Molly Wizenberg’s "Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage."

Wizenberg, author of New York Times bestseller "A Homemade life" and a blog called "Orangette" uses this novel as a way into the complications of her young life opening a restaurant and being newly wed. The author loves details, and maybe that’s been the success of her food joints - a lot of ingredients and details thrown it for good measure and some more.

"My interest in food has always been about sharing it - about the kitchen table, about home cooking, not restaurants. I like the intimacy, the quiet, the scale of home cooking."

"My interest in food has always been about sharing it - about the kitchen table, about home cooking, not restaurants. I like the intimacy, the quiet, the scale of home cooking."

The book is perhaps lighter and frothier than what you need, but her coming apart (the falling apart relationship as a side note) is worth exploring. Seattle, a go to for coffee and food, is where she sets her memoir part two and her trip to Paris grieving her father is as tender as you’d expect from this upfront lover of life. Interesting parts of her book include meeting Brandon Petit (whom she then marries) through her blog, their building a restaurant on a nothing budget and eventually their lies and pretense of being happy. There are also photos, and 20 recipes for good measure, and a lot of frank plainspoken beauty here.

Sometimes love, for the self and the other, isn’t as simple as you might think. And sometimes eating through it, or pretending to be hungry for it only makes it worse. Put down the cupcake and the pizza, go for a run on the river - your heartbreak is over - for now.

"Delancey"
Molly Wizenberg
$16.22
Simon & Schuster

Daniel Scheffler is a writer who spends his time in New York, Cape Town and India. Follow him on Twitter @danielscheffler

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