Best-selling author, food blogger and Oklahoma native Molly Wizenberg will be at Full Circle Bookstore, 1900 Northwest Expressway, Wednesday, May 7 to read and sign copies of her second book Delancey: A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage.
Delancey tells the story of opening Delancey pizza restaurant in Seattle with her husband, Brandon Pettit, in August 2009.
“A big part of the second book is about learning the difficult lesson that I think we all learn in a marriage, which is that you can choose someone … you can both want the same things in life, but it doesn’t mean that … things aren’t going to change,” Wizenberg said. “We continue to learn about them, and they continue to change. So we never really know what’s going to happen when we choose someone.”
Wizenberg’s second book also includes 20 recipes created for the restaurant. Delancey serves Pettit’s ideal vision of New York pizza.
“It’s not crackery-crispy, but it’s also not floppy and soggy. It’s just firm and chewy enough that you can pick up a slice and fold it in half and get it to your mouth without everything falling off of it,” Wizenberg said.
The dough ferments for up to 24 hours, which allows the starches to create a complex and natural sweetness. The dough is baked in a wood-burning oven and then topped with aged or fresh mozzarella and Grana Padano, or fresh, house-made ricotta. The 12-inch pies are then sprinkled with the “perfect” amount of toppings to balance with the crust, she said.
Wizenberg’s love of food is what led her to her passion for writing, and she was able to combine the two through her blog, Orangette, in order to figure out exactly what they both mean to her.
“It was through writing about [food] on the blog, through having to put into words these thoughts that had been going through my head or these experiences that I was having that allowed me to see that food is really the marker and the constant and the rhythm keeper in my days,” she said.
After her first book found its audience in such a natural way, Wizenberg was reassured that she could, indeed, write a book.
“There was this uncertainty the whole time with the first book like, ‘How do people even write books?’ The second time, it was really wonderful to have that uncertainty removed,” she said.
For her, blogging was invaluable practice, and her advice for budding writers is to keep returning to their work and read voraciously.
Her first book, A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, was published in 2009.