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

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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