Molly Wizenberg on Her New Memoir: "Food Gives Rhythm to Our Lives"

Courtesy of Kyle Johnson
London author and restaurateur Molly Wizenberg.
Molly Wizenberg's food blog Orangette has been called the best food blog by the London Times. Her first memoir, A Homemade Life (2010), chronicled her food memories, dealing with her father's death, and meeting her husband-to-be, Brandon. Delancey (2014) is Wizenberg's second memoir, and it focuses on their decision to open a pizza restaurant in Seattle with recipes thrown into the mix. Short Order sat down with the New York Times bestselling author to discuss the new book, the restaurant, and tear-worthy pasta.

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New Times: What made you want to write about opening up Delancey?
Molly Wizenberg: For one thing, I sensed there was a story there that I should write down. I write because writing helps me keep perspective on my own life. This experience was so big and changed so much about my life, I felt compelled to try to write about it.

Did you write the memoir while working at Delancey or afterwards?
[I wrote it] quite a while after. I was still very much in the throes of promoting A Homemade Life. I actually felt burnt out and I didn't know if I wanted to write anymore. It took a good year [after opening Delancey] to feel ready to write about it.

How would you describe your writing style?
I describe myself as a food writer, but I'm interested in how food gives rhythm to our lives, how food adds a lens to our lives and helps us understand them. My style is honest and conversational.

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