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5.03.2014

Our people

I’m typing this post from my cousin’s kitchen table in Oakland, California, where June and I are visiting for a family baby shower and have stayed long enough to eat four slices of red velvet cake, get stuck twice in rush hour traffic on I-80, and sniff every single rose in Rockridge while out walking the neighborhood at 6:49 in the morning, killing time before the rest of the family wakes up. We fly home tomorrow, and then, on Tuesday, I leap into that heady, unnerving thing called Publication Day, otherwise known The Day Your Copy of Delancey Will Finally Ship, If You Pre-Ordered It, or, The Day You Can Find It In Your Local Bookstore, If You Didn’t. Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeah!


Maybe it’s all the sugar in that red velvet cake, but I can’t stop thinking about the spring of 2009, five years ago, about where I was and what was going on and how I felt when my first book came out. I didn’t know yet that we would open a restaurant - or I didn’t believe that we would, anyway. I didn’t know yet that we would have a child. I didn’t know anyone in these photographs.  Not! A! One!


And in that relatively small expanse of time, they’ve become some of our closest friends, our colleagues, our vacation collaborators, our co-conspirators in pancake breakfasts on Tuesday mornings, our people.


I was telling someone the other day that writing Delancey was something that I needed to do, that it helped me to understand the decisions that Brandon and I had made, and that the effort of trying to tell our story to someone else - to you - had helped me to understand the story for myself. But I think the best part of writing it was actually this: that I got a chance to recognize the friends, family members, and neighbors who helped us build the restaurant, and the cooks, servers, hosts, dishwashers, and bartenders, everyone who works alongside us in it. It’s their restaurant as much as ours.



I should stop now, before I get too sappy.


I hope to pop back in here before I hit the road, but in case I don’t make it: see you out there!  I can’t wait.

P.S. Oh and hey, if you can’t come to a reading/signing, you can still get a signed copy of Delancey (or, for that matter, A Homemade Life). University Book Store in Seattle will send you a signed, personalized copy of the book, AND they’ll ship for free in the US for all orders over $20 (and they’ll ship internationally, too). Hop over here for more information.

P.P.S. Brian Eno on the power of singing. Just because I love it. (Thanks, Lecia!)

51 Comments:

Blogger patricia said...

Oh gosh, you are in my town right now! To think that I might have gone down to Market Hall for a cup of coffee and run across you and June sniffing roses tickles me almost as much as if I actually saw you.

I can't wait to get my hands on Delancey. (That sentence sounds a little odd but I'm going with it.) Wishing you a glorious Publication Day!

11:41 PM, May 03, 2014  
Anonymous Matthew said...

Will you sign my iPad? Joking aside, that would be a pretty cool option. And I'm sure it's coming, you signing the Kindle version, Amazon recognizing the signature, upgrading the book to the signed version with a free ticket to the movie...

5:18 AM, May 04, 2014  
Anonymous Matthew said...

Oh, and just let me say how great it feels to walk into Delancey. It's the place I feel most welcome, and that's not because it's the best pizza I've ever had. It's because of everyone that works there. Thank you and Brandon for seeing that special part in someone you hire that is able to make me feel great without ever coming across as phony. That is rare these days.

5:25 AM, May 04, 2014  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Well, you've already made me sappy. Even Cheers (which we are re-watching from the beginning, ever so slowly, for a year or so now) is making me sniffle these days. I think we only build communities like this over time, and with every move we're back at square one. So many amazing souls in our life, but proximity really does matter.

So thrilled for you for Tuesday!!

6:30 AM, May 04, 2014  
Anonymous Kristen said...

I don't know how I managed to bypass the official shipping dates, but my local bookstore in Helena, Montana, ordered it for me, and I picked up my copy of Delancey on Tuesday. I'm already on Chapter 5! It's wonderful, of course. Congratulations.

7:11 AM, May 04, 2014  
Blogger {natalie} said...

So excited to read Delancey! I wish you could add Salt Lake to your list of signings. (Think about it)

7:50 AM, May 04, 2014  
Anonymous Kate said...

I love the photograph of the swirling pizza. Congratulations, Molly. I adored A Homemade Life and am eagerly anticipating Delancey.

8:05 AM, May 04, 2014  
Blogger Linda said...

I went up looking for your book on Friday, but it wasn't out yet. She said - the 6th. Then I went on Saturday to return a book I bought - and almost yipped with delight when I saw your book on the new books table! It is now on MY table at home - waiting for that perfect moment for me to sit down and open it up and begin...

Linda in VA

9:12 AM, May 04, 2014  
Blogger Robin Leavitt said...

Just got my e-mail saying the book is on this way, can't wait.

9:24 AM, May 04, 2014  
Anonymous Jocelyn said...

Really excited for your new book. I'm waiting for the Book Larder event. Best of luck to you - love your blog so much.

9:27 AM, May 04, 2014  
Blogger Danica said...

Ok seriously. I can't wait for this book to come out. CAN NOT WAIT. Yay for you!

10:30 AM, May 04, 2014  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My copy was at the library yesterday afternoon (Saturday). So there.

We eat a lot of love pies at our house...

10:43 AM, May 04, 2014  
Anonymous wanderingeducators said...

YAY Delancey!!!!! SO proud of you for this next (of hopefully many) books...

12:03 PM, May 04, 2014  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll be reading Delancy and putting it on my shelf next to A Home Made Life. No matter how many times I weed my shelves that's one book I just can't bear to let go. Thanks for that.

12:45 PM, May 04, 2014  
Anonymous Leah said...

Woo hoo! Congratulations. Looking forward to reading it.

3:49 PM, May 04, 2014  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Delancey, the book will be a great success-just like the restaurant. I am going to ask a friend who works at the University Bookstore to pick up a copy of your book.

4:01 PM, May 04, 2014  
Anonymous Allegra said...

Congratulations! Hope you get a chance to pop in to The Little Red Fox (just down the block from Politics & Prose)while you're in DC. The chef, Anne Alfano, is the best friend of one of my dearest friends, and it's a wonderful place!

6:42 PM, May 04, 2014  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thank you so much for posting the link to Brian Eno - fantastic!

"Delancey" has been on my Amazon wish list since you first listed it. :) Will be excited when I can afford to order it. SO loved your first book!

11:00 PM, May 04, 2014  
OpenID myfoododyssey.com said...

Best of luck with the new book. I live a long, long way from Delancey yet it is still on my list of places to eat someday! The book looks beautiful and interesting - I'm sure it will go down a storm. June.

1:08 AM, May 05, 2014  
Anonymous Amy said...

When are you coming to the UK Molly?

2:58 AM, May 05, 2014  
Blogger Gemma said...

Your people are very good people and I can't tell you how many weekends we wish we could magic ourselves to Delancey xo

3:02 AM, May 05, 2014  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I preordered your new book Delancey to give to my DIL for Mother's Day. I may have to gently read it before I give it to her. Good thing I am a fast reader. So excited to get it here later this week. Enjoy your book tour and "Traveling Mercies!" (Anne Lamott's prayer from her book by the same name)
jep

9:12 AM, May 05, 2014  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Picked up a copy from my independent bookstore in Berkeley last week. Already finished it! Your ability to put your thoughts and experiences into words is delightful. I laughed out loud, cried, and had such hilarious or frightful images in my head, all from such glorious writing. Way to go!

9:30 AM, May 05, 2014  
Anonymous Indira said...

Happy almost Publication Day! I really enjoyed A Homemade Life and I can't wait to read Delancey.

Congratulations!

9:43 AM, May 05, 2014  
OpenID curlygirlpress said...

I loved A Homemade Life and can't wait to read Delancey. Hoping to drop in for your signing in Portland (June will be there, right?) = )

10:20 AM, May 05, 2014  
Anonymous Victoria said...

My pre-ordered copy of Delancey is scheduled to be delivered tomorrow.

I CANNOT WAIT.

10:49 AM, May 05, 2014  
Blogger Judy said...

I just checked my Amazon order and it's in transit! Can't wait till your book arrives. On another note- thank you so much for your mention of Brian Eno's piece on singing. I actually just returned from an event this weekend in Seattle where the Scandinavian chorus I sing with participated in a song fest with several other heritage choirs. Can't wait to share this piece with our chorus director tonight at rehearsal. Wonderful fun and success on your book tour. Looking forward to seeing you at Powell's.

11:12 AM, May 05, 2014  
Anonymous Culinary School: Three Semesters of Life, Learning, and Loss of Blood said...

I so get what you mean about using writing to clearly see a life event. Writing my book (Culinary School: Three Semesters of Life, Learning, and Loss of Blood) was like that for me. Once I wasn't hip-deep in chicken fat and insults, it was much easier for me to understand why the reality was so different from the dream. Writing is therapeutic.

2:12 PM, May 05, 2014  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand publication day. I picked it up at the library yesterday and they had had it since friday.

3:36 PM, May 05, 2014  
Blogger Jill B said...

I'm so excited about your new book release. I'm just coming to the end of reading your first book, which I'm thoroughly enjoying. I wish you every success with Delancey.xx

1:47 AM, May 06, 2014  
Anonymous Roberta said...

What a beautiful life you have cultivated for yourself. I am looking forward to finding your book here in Austin @ Book People. You've posted some of my best, go to recipes and I always enjoy seeing pics of June and the pooch, of course :)

9:43 AM, May 06, 2014  
Blogger Anna said...

I'm sad that I'm much too far away to come to any of the signings, but I've got my order locked in and I wish you an amazing tour!

10:13 AM, May 06, 2014  
Anonymous molly said...

Just heard a *PLOP* following the clatter of the mail slot, and--yippee!!!!!!!!!!!!--'twas my copy!

Now, figuring out how to delegate my children for the next few days, so as to dive in....

M

11:26 AM, May 06, 2014  
Anonymous burnttoast said...

Got it today, and am on page 205, should finish it tonight. What I like best so far, is that it is honest and forever convinces me I am not NOT cut out for restaurant work or ownership. And maybe removes wood burning pizza oven from my list of dream things for my dream win-the-lottery kitchen. Really love the details and the casual yet intimate tone.

3:50 PM, May 06, 2014  
Anonymous Lisa said...

PS If you pop into Comet Ping Pong just down the block from P&P in DC (for a pizza or a beer or just to see the photo wall) you can spot a 2006 photo of Ali up on the wall - we sold veg to them for a few years :)

4:26 PM, May 06, 2014  
Blogger SB said...

Molly, I'm so glad to see your post-script! I was able to see your read in DC on your last book tour, with my dear friend Alex. I now live in central Iowa - no book reading for me :( - so I'm delighted that I'll still get my hands on a signed copy. YAY. Can't wait to read about Delancey!

8:14 PM, May 06, 2014  
Anonymous Chelsea said...

Congratulations, Molly!! Your posts lately have such a beautiful sense of home, and I am delighted for you and your family - including the extended one you're cultivating. Have a blast on tour. Echoing Amy, we'd love to see you for a signing in the UK!

12:43 AM, May 07, 2014  
Anonymous Spring B. said...

So, that happened... I was so excited when Delancey arrived yesterday. I planned out my weekend so I could nab time alone to read it and maybe make a recipe or two. Then I read a chapter last night before bed. (Just a sneak preview, you understand. Still sticking with the weekend plan.) Then I woke up extra early, and the house was quiet, and the dog was snuggly, and I started reading. And now it's 1pm in the afternoon, and I just finished the book! Thank you. It was as good as I knew it would be. New weekend plan: make coconut rice pudding and re-read "A Homemade Life" (and then make the banana bread because how could I not?) You're da best! Now I go wake up my children because they're teenagers and sleep as long as you let them. Someday this will happen with June, I promise.

11:14 AM, May 07, 2014  
Blogger Sara said...

I excitedly bought my copy of Delancey yesterday and jumped right in ... trying to parcel it out a bit, but I'm already 1/4 way through. It's too good, I can't slow down! Bittersweet :)

11:59 AM, May 07, 2014  
Blogger Melanie Allred said...

All hail the Seattle Public Library!
I tore through it last night and felt happy to know the intimate details of the birth of a restaurant -- Delancey. Now, if I can ever get in there for a bite...

5:24 PM, May 07, 2014  
Anonymous Lizy Tish said...

What a nice feeling - wish you were in upstate NY... we've been looking for a place like yours! Looking forward to reading your book.

5:05 AM, May 10, 2014  
Anonymous Bronte Rose said...

Hi Molly!
Long time reader, first time commenter from Sydney, Australia! I came across your blog very randomly as a 16 year old girl in 2008 and have been following your cooking adventures ever since. I pre-ordered Delancey through iBooks and devoured it in two days! I can't wait to eat there one day, it'll be my first stop in Seattle. Congratulations on a wonderful book :)
Bronte

6:27 PM, May 10, 2014  
Blogger Emily Voigtlander said...

I got my copy of Delancey on Friday and devoured it this weekend! I couldn't stop myself. Now looking forward to coming up to Seattle to eat at your restaurant even more! Hopefully I will catch you while you're in SF!

7:55 PM, May 11, 2014  
OpenID foraginghere.com said...

Its funny how your life markers get tied into someone whom you've never met. I so clearly remember reading your first book at the prepice of going back to school, and now I have yours on order to my new arctic home. None of this was even imaginable. Its nice to have your writing as a guide of the passage of time. Congratulations on your new book!

4:22 PM, May 12, 2014  
Blogger Lynette Scribner said...

Thank you for sharing your story. Delancey immediately booted my book group book to the 'I'll get to it later' pile on the bedside table. I can't wait to try the recipes! Looking forward to Powell's, Portland, June 9th!

8:15 PM, May 12, 2014  
Blogger Reiki Ree said...

I am really enjoying Delancey. I love the way you write. I, too, have sobbed, out-of-the-blue, over a meal! I am only a few pages from the end! I do and I don't, want to finish it! And to me, that is the measure of a Good Book! Thank you. Now, when does your next book come out?! HA! No pressure! Hope to see you in Portland in June!

3:47 PM, May 14, 2014  
Anonymous krista said...

I picked up Delancy yesterday. I can not put it down. Exactly how i was with a homemade life. I was so scared to read it because I was so in love with the homemade life. I kinda felt like I would be cheating. Anyway Well Done!!!!
Much Congrats on your amazing journey.

thanks for the inspiration
Krista

3:56 PM, May 14, 2014  
Anonymous Chris said...

I just finished Delancey in one sitting. I loved it as much as I love the restaurant. You combine insight and humor and storytelling in an amazing way. Thank you.

6:16 PM, May 14, 2014  
Blogger Julie Grant said...

Molly, I received my signed copy of Delancey in the mail this week. What a gift! I'm trying to read it slow...it's not working.
May all of your endeavors be blessed. Please keep inspiring and teaching us.
Julie

12:41 PM, May 15, 2014  
Anonymous Sally said...

Yay for community!

4:29 PM, May 21, 2014  
Anonymous Caitlin C said...

What gorgeous sentiments and congrats, the book is off and running!

7:13 PM, June 03, 2014  

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