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Happy, new

Friends, you have been very, very good to me. For the past couple of years, you’ve been stopping by to see me on a regular basis, and you’ve said some pretty nice things about the contents of my kitchen and my dinner plate. Last spring, when Brandon asked me to marry him, you gave a whoop and a cheer that kept me giddy for at least a week, easy. And when, a few months ago, I started posting a little less frequently, you didn’t let slip the slightest complaint: you just kept on coming, and cheering, and saying nice things. I owe you one – that’s for sure. It’s been busy back here, behind the scenes – or the computer screen, as it were. But it’s been the best kind of busyness imaginable, the sort of busyness that brings lots of Champagne and jumping up and down, the sort of busyness that comes with getting a book deal. I promised you some big news for the New Year, and I mean to deliver.

When I started this site, I wanted just two things: a place to write about food, and a few readers to keep me accountable. I hardly even knew what a blog was, people. A friend had to explain it to me, for Pete’s sake. But somewhere along the line, after a year or so, I found that I sort of liked this blogging thing, and you know, I thought, it might be nice, maybe, to sit around and write all the time. So an idea was hatched, and – to make a long story short - many months, one book proposal, one agent, one editor, a lot of “Holy crap!”s, and one contract later, here I am. [It wasn’t quite that easy, of course, but as some say of childbirth, so I say of book proposals: you forget the pain as soon as it’s over.] I couldn’t be happier to announce today that I am writing a cookbook, a narrative cookbook crammed full of new, original recipes and stories. The manuscript is due on December 15, 2007, and will be published by Simon & Schuster. And as of the end of this month, I will be – [small, thrilling gasp of terror] – leaving my job to write it. As it turns out, 2007 will not only be the year that Brandon and I are married, but also be the year that I become a full-time writer. I know I’ve said it before, and about other things, but hooo boy. I mean it.

This announcement would be sorely lacking without an enormous, sung-from-the-rooftops “Thank you!” to a dear friend known to many as the Gluten-Free Girl. Shauna, girlfriend, good lord, I’m so happy to have you in my life. Thank you for everything, and for you.

I also owe a big one to Brandon, the best first reader a writer could ever want. He inspires me, pushes me, and keeps me true, and one night during the long slog of the book proposal, when I burst into big, loud, sloppy tears at the dinner table, he gave me a firm back rub and took me out for a fancy dessert. He knows just what to do.

My lucky stars have been very good to me this year, and so have you, friends. I wouldn’t be writing this post right now – much less an entire book – if you weren’t here to read it. Thank you, thank you, thank you for that. I’m so happy to share it all with you.

Happy New Year, everyone.


Anonymous teri said...


I am so incredibly happy for you. Your writing is such a pleasure to read; I have loved reading it for free for many months now, but will happily pay for the privilege of reading more. Will you share your proposal with us so that we can see what the book will look like?

All the best to you - it looks like this year is going to be a most incredible one for you!

10:26 PM, January 01, 2007  
Anonymous Rina said...

CONGRATULATIONS from a very faithful lurker!!

That's fantastic!!

10:30 PM, January 01, 2007  
Anonymous mare said...


10:55 PM, January 01, 2007  
Anonymous kathryn said...

Molly, congratulations, you really REALLY deserve this. Between you and Gluten-Free Girl, I can't think of two cookery books I'd rather read.

10:57 PM, January 01, 2007  
Blogger sun_moon_stars_rain said...

A narrative cookbook from you sounds like a wonderful addition to my kitchen. Plus, having examples of bloggers turning into professional writers is inspiring. Best of luck to you!

11:33 PM, January 01, 2007  
Blogger Janice said...

Congratulations, Molly! So many of your recipe posts have become regulars in my own cooking repertoire, so I eagerly await the hardcover form. With so much excitement, how can you even sleep at night??

11:43 PM, January 01, 2007  
Anonymous Laura said...

Molly, you ROCK! I'm so happy for you scoring a book deal, and I can't wait for the book to come out. I'll definitely buy a few copies, one for me and one for all my foodie friends!

Congratulations, and I'm not in the least bit surprised that all your hard work paid off. You are one talented writer.

12:32 AM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Anne said...

Molly, that's amazing news! And very, very well deserved - I'm so happy for you!! :) Happy new year indeed! :)

12:35 AM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Lisa said...

I knew it! (Sort of.) When you said you'd have big news for the new year, I thought: She's either pregnant, or she got a book deal. :) That's wonderful! I know it will be one great book, and I look forward to reading it. All the best!

3:30 AM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous elna smith said...

Congratulations on the book deal - from a lurker in London England! Will definitely buy your book when it comes out!

3:47 AM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous evaberry said...

Delurking to say CONGRATULATIONS! You really deserve it. All the best for the new year and your new venture!

4:22 AM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous Lia said...

This is such wonderful news. As you know, I´m drawn to every single recipe you write about, so a cookbook full of original ones has me more excited than you can imagine.

Here´s to you, Brandon and now your book deal!!!!

4:33 AM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Mary Jane said...


4:37 AM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Marce said...

Congratulations!!! That´s wonderful news, especially since Simon & Shuster is a big publisher, so you´ll probably get enough advertising.

It´s great to see talented people getting recognized and getting a chance to fulfill their dreams.
Good luck!

4:57 AM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous Maria said...

Congratulations, Molly.

I can't think of a cookbook I'd rather read; the narrative format has me ecstatic. Orangette is perfectly fit for paper and ink.

A very happy 2007 to you and Brandon.

5:20 AM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Homesick Texan said...

Well done and well deserved....congratulations!

5:30 AM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Zarah Maria said...

Oh Molly, congratulations! I'm so happy for you and can't wait to see the book - I know it'll be fantastic, 'cause we all know how fantastic this blog is. You deserve it. Oh yes, and Happy New Year, indeed!

5:41 AM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous kayenne said...

Three cheers, Molly! That's wonderful news! Can't wait til your book comes out... I"m sure you'll keep us updated of the process of writing it! There's nothing more pleasurable than food and writing combined. Have fun and have a great year!

6:02 AM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous bea at la tartine gourmande said...

Fantastic Molly! I am not surprised! You deserve to have your beautiful writing in a book!
Bonne annee ! Elle sera bien sur tres heureuse et te donnera bien des defis aussi, mais quelle joie a la cle!

6:27 AM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Shari said...


hi! congratulations. what exciting news!! i am so thrilled for you. i can't wait to read your book. you are amazing my friend. simply amazing. hugs! shari

6:31 AM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Lily said...

YAY! Happy 07 AND congratulations!

6:36 AM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous Rhymes With Camera: the creative life said...

I'll be the first to buy your book. You have EXCELLENT recipes and your writing style will make for a pleasing read. Great news!


6:57 AM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger wheresmymind said...

Holy CATZ that is great news...congratulations!! Just please...no Rachael Ray-esque quotes like "YUM-O" in your books ;)

7:25 AM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Anita said...

I was -so- hoping that your suprise news would be a book deal -- not just because you deserve it so much, but also because we'll have an Orangette book in 2008! :)

7:37 AM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger hannah said...

ah yes, 2007 is going to be a good one. congratulations and big hugs molly!

7:41 AM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Pille said...

Whoah and congrats, dear Molly! Looking forward to reading about your book-writing progress;)
All the best for 2007, which already looks to be a fantastic year!

7:42 AM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Caty said...

I read your blog faithfully but I don't ever comment but I just had to congratulate you. I love your writing, I remember finding your blog in summer and reading through every single post because they were all so well written and so interesting.

You must be so excited. Leaving work to write a cookbook would just be my dream come true, I hope you have a wonderful time doing it.

Best of luck and a very happy new year.

7:54 AM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous ann said...

Congrats Molly! what a way to start the new year off right!
can't wait to adapt one of your recipes and bend her to my will in 2008 ;-)

8:04 AM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! I hope you will share your book-writing experience with us. Thanks for the blog and the cooking. :)


8:09 AM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Cate said...

What a fantastic way to start the new year off - congrats, Molly!

8:12 AM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous Anita said...

Congratulations, Molly!
I love reading your blog and it's wonderful to know you've been recognized. Best of luck for an exciting 2007, and I'm looking forward to the book!

8:13 AM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous anne said...

yay for you, molly! congratulations on your book deal! this is wonderful and so exciting!!! cheers, anne :)

8:20 AM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous Alicia A. said...

Wooooo hoooo, Molly! Congratulations! A big year ahead...

8:20 AM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Suburbaknitsta said...

congrats on the book from a longtime lurker. =)

8:53 AM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous Leah said...

Congrats Molly! This is such wonderful news and I am so happy for you! xo

9:02 AM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Catherine said...

congratulations! you're a great writer so I'm not surprised!

9:06 AM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Ruth Daniels said...

Congratulations! It's a wonderful adventure you're embarking on. I look forward to seeing you in print.

Best regards for 2007

9:10 AM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger AnnieKNodes said...

WA-HOO! Great, great, great news! I can't wait to snag my (hopefully autographed) copy.

You're an inspiration!

9:16 AM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger foodiechickie said...

CONGRATULATIONS! I knew it would happen! Your writing was meant to be published!

9:19 AM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Shauna said...

My dear, my dear, I am so wonderfully happy for you. I've known about this for awhile now -- tee hee! -- but I'm thrilled to see it here. You deserve this, and more.

Thank you, of course, for the thank you from the rooftops. That is exactly how I feel about the chance to have you in my life.

And let me tell you -- this is going to be an unexpected journey for you. For the last four months, I have been living this life upon which you are now embarking. Nothing has made me happier (well, the man who has helped me through it, but it's all of one piece). Last night, I emailed off the entire manuscript. Hoo-boy is right!

And so, I officially hand off the torch to you. Go!

9:52 AM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous Luisa said...

Wheeeeeeeeee!!!! Yes! Congratulations. Can't wait to have Molly Wizenberg join my rows of cookbooks!

10:07 AM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous Liz said...

Fantastic! I was wondering when that would happen for you (when book deals for bloggers started to become the norm, I assumed you'd be first), so happy that it actually has.

10:12 AM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous Maya said...

I am a great fan of your simple, "straight from the heart" writing and love the delicious recipes you post.
Congratulations on the book deal! I am extremely happy for you and wish you all best in the new journey you are embarking on:-)


10:21 AM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Tea said...


You know how thrilled I have been for you, my dear. What a great way to start an amazing year. And as pleased as I am for you--I'm happy for myself because now I can stop hunching over my computer as I cook your wonderful recipes!

I'm eagerly looking forward to cafe writing dates together in Seattle. Here's to the continuing adventure-- Happy New Year!

10:30 AM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Molly! Hurray! I've been a faithful lurker/reader for a long time and make your recipes so often that my friends just call the food Orangetastic now.

Congrats on the book deal - I know it will fly off the shelves and into the hearts of a whole slew of new readers.

Best of all, we'll all still be here to cheer you along!

Thanks so much for all the inspiration, fabulous photos, amazing recipes and serious heart you've put into Orangette.

10:36 AM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous Julie said...

When I read your blog I always think that writing like yours belongs in a book because it's writing that I want to linger over, and computer screens just don't lend themselves to lingering. I am now looking forward to reading your book while lying in bed -- or settled in a comfortable chair or sitting on my back porch -- and savoring your words. (And recipes!)

Congratulations on the book deal.

10:56 AM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger indigo said...

o my gawd i *can't wait*!!! ...uh, no pressure or anything ;)

11:03 AM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous Amanda said...

I knew it was only a matter of time before a book deal. Congratulations, and I can't wait to see your work in (hard copy) print!

11:04 AM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Anali said...

Congratulations Molly! I knew this news had to be coming eventually! I cannot wait to get your cookbook! It's going to be a must-have.

Not only am I looking forward to the recipes, but I'm sure it will be really beautiful and a joy to read to as well. I knew 2007 was going to be a great year!

11:07 AM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger amisha said...

hi molly,
i'm new to your blog and have so been enjoying reading your words... so happy for you with this wonderful news! all the best and *congratulations*!

11:10 AM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger anon said...

Congrats Molly,

I know I will be buying a copy of the book :) Would love to hear more about the book and the pictures it will have?

Good luck and a Happy New Year !

11:14 AM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Ales said...

Dear Molly,
a big, well-derserved 'well done'! I am looking forward to seeing your book in the window of my favourite bookshop : )

11:35 AM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger ACB said...

Wonderful! Congratulations to you and to us! I'll be ordering an advance copy...

Just yesterday, believe it or not, I was thinking about you and a cookbook. Specifically, I want to know what you cooked when you lived alone, in Paris or otherwise. I'm cooking for one most nights these days, and, well, it's not very exciting. Consider it an idea for a future book?

What a great year you are going to have! Happy 2007, indeed!

12:01 PM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Julie said...

I knew this must be coming sooner or later. You are a wonderful writer and an inspiration--congratulations. I am also awfully excited about the year to come, so here's to new beginnings!

12:15 PM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous Lis said...

I've been lurking since Meredith first told Brandon about your blog, but in the spirit of the new year, I want to pop out to say congratulations and best wishes! It's been so great to follow along and see this happen for you. I hope you keep us updated as the book develops. Please give my best to Brandon, too- glad to hear that you're both well. Happy New Year-

12:17 PM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Congratulations! You rock! Your blog is my favorite, so I'm so happy for you! I can't wait to buy the book! Where can I pre-order it? :-)

12:19 PM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous Ivonne said...


My most heartfelt congratulations! I can't wait to see the fruits of your labour. Good luck!

12:24 PM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous elle said...

great news-i have enjoyed you blog and look forward to your cookbook-hope you will include rice oil in there for high heat blazing...this must really be a huge thrill for you!

12:35 PM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous Julie said...

Oh Molly -- no-one is more deserving of this opportunity than you -- and no-one will make better use of it, I'm sure. I await THE BOOK, which we, your loving readers, know will be absolutely outstanding!

12:40 PM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous Kristen said...

This is incredible news! You are going to have an incredibly busy year, but I can tell you will be blessed with great things. Congrats!

1:11 PM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous keiko said...

many congratulations, Molly - what fantastic news!

1:24 PM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous Kristen said...

Congratulations, Molly. I'll look forward to using the book in addition to your blog posts when next I teach my food writing class.

Happy happy, and thank you for all the wonderful posts this year--

1:25 PM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous Michelle said...

Oh Molly congratulations! I have been lurking on your site for a few months, but this post forced me to come out of the woodwork. Good luck with the book! I am looking forward to reading your book and Shauna's!

1:31 PM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Holly Dart said...

molly, you're my hero.

from a faithful reader

2:04 PM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Carol said...

congratulations molly! what exciting and wonderful news!!

2:05 PM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous coralie said...


Wishing you all the best for the year to come.

2:15 PM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Valisa said...

whoa molly I thought I was going to take your thesis on foucalt to bed with me - since I love your writing so much!!! BUT this, this is much much better - I am looking forward to taking you to bath, to bed and to curl up with you in the sofa!!! Gosh I am getting goosebumps just thinking about your book!!!!

2:23 PM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Mrs. Delicious said...

This is the best news I've heard all year! Adding my congratulations, Molly -- this will be a long, impatient year of waiting for your book!

2:42 PM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is the best news!! I'm so excited. I'm so happy for you. - Aylin

2:45 PM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger MissGinsu said...

It sounds like you’re seeing the dividends of much in the way of guts and hard work on your part. And that’s just plain heartwarming.

Congrats and best of luck on the long haul ahead!

3:03 PM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous Cenk said...

Congratulations Molly. I can't wait to order a copy!

3:07 PM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous Samantha said...

Congrats Molly, what lovely news for the new year! I look forward to buying your book for myself and my friends. :)

3:21 PM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous peabody said...

Congrats...I'll be sure to buy a copy.

3:23 PM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Michelle said...

Big congratulations from a de-lurker!! I've been reading your blog for about a year and always drool over your lovely recipes.

Good luck with everything in 2007, I look forward to reading all about it.


3:41 PM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous Ronald said...

Great news for you, congratulations! And for food bloggers of all flavors. Just posted the news on Cornichon.org.

4:27 PM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger kickpleat said...

i may have already mentioned this, but there is no one more deserving! all your hard work will pay off in spades. hip hip hooray!

4:56 PM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous ReaderMT said...

Hi :) I happened upon your blog a few weeks ago and since then have read a sizeable portion of the entire thing. You are such a good writer, and have such a joyful outlook on food and life. I'm really happy for you, and I plan to look for your book next year!

4:59 PM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous jules said...

congrats molly fabulous new. look forward to reading you in print

5:52 PM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Alice Q said...

Congratulations Molly! I must confess, I've been waiting for this announcement, given that your writing is clearly suited for even greater things than your blog! Good luck on your fantastic journey!!

6:20 PM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Kelli said...

Congratulations! I'll be looking forward to seeing your book on Amazon.com!

7:16 PM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous beastmomma said...

How exciting! I look forward to reading your cookbook.

7:25 PM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Nicole said...


7:42 PM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous Katie said...

Oh my, Molly!!! I am so freakin' excited for you that I'm bouncing around in my chair. Between you, Shauna, and Adam I am going to have the best book collection a food loving girl could have. Nigella and Julia ain't got nothin' on my favorite bloggers. I just know that it's all going to be delicious.


8:09 PM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's because you're awesome, Molly! Congrats!

Anne L.

9:55 PM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger SF Money Musings said...

Congratulations Molly! It's so well-deserved!

Your writing and recipes are amazing and inspiring at the same time. I tried the eggplant dish last week and my mom loved the flavors!

Best wishes!

10:26 PM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Culinarily Curious said...

Wow... congratulations and best wishes from yet another faithful reader. I can't wait to read your new book!

10:35 PM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Tisane For One said...

Fantastic News Molly - I never had a doubt and isn't it funny how things turn out. I bet you can now not only write a book about food but about how blogging can, literally, change your life. I remain a loyal reader of yours despite not being a frequent one and now in my newly adopted London home I have continued to sing your praises. All the very best for 2007 - it is going to be a big one for you!!!

12:23 AM, January 03, 2007  
Blogger The Gourmand said...

Congratulations!!!! Its a HUGE step to take and we wish you all the best!! We're looking forward to your book hitting the shelves!!

3:56 AM, January 03, 2007  
Anonymous sailaja said...

Been lurking around for a while but had to de -lurk to congratulate you.:)

2007 is sure going to be one of the memorable years of your life. All the best on the book deal and may the new year bring in many more blessings to you and Brandon.

Happy New Year!!

4:16 AM, January 03, 2007  
Anonymous Colleen said...

What fantastic news!!! I very happy for you.
Congratulations Molly!

4:35 AM, January 03, 2007  
Anonymous Dee said...

Shouting a big southern YEEEEEEHAWWWWW!!! What fantastic news, Molly. Now you know that when all of us faithful blog readers buy our copies, we expect you to sign 'em, yes? :-) What a lovely way to start your new year. With your talent for cooking, writing and let's not forget the photography part, you truly merit this. This reader is proud of you!


5:13 AM, January 03, 2007  
Anonymous maegan said...

Congratulations, Molly! I can't wait to devour your book like I do every Orangette post. What an exciting year this will be for you and Brandon! Happy, happy new year! - Your loyal lurker

5:21 AM, January 03, 2007  
Blogger Vanessa said...

Thank YOU, Molly. You're an inspiration.

5:27 AM, January 03, 2007  
Blogger s@bd said...

Thrilled, thrilled, THRILLED for you.

(and, of course, I'll buy as many copies as I can afford)

6:27 AM, January 03, 2007  
Blogger Lauren said...

I have read your blog and don't believe i've ever commented. I've read back into the archives as well when I just wanted more! you are an amazing writer and such an inspiration to a not-so great writer. congratulations.

6:47 AM, January 03, 2007  
Blogger s'kat said...

Ha!! I had a sneaking suspsicion that something like this was afoot! Congrats on your deal, your love, your lucky life!

7:12 AM, January 03, 2007  
Anonymous andrea said...


happy new year and a huge congratulations! yours is among my favorite blog reads, and i am glad your beautiful writing is being put into book form! i can't wait to go out and buy it when it is published!

best wishes for this upcoming, amazing year!

8:14 AM, January 03, 2007  
Anonymous S said...

Dear Molly,

Congratulations! From the very first time I read your blog, I knew that it would only be a matter of time before you got a book deal. You're a fabulous writer. I can't wait to see the book!

8:26 AM, January 03, 2007  
Blogger StylinGirl said...


Such wonderful news! I'm so pleased for you.

Somehow I wondered onto your blog a few months ago and found myself enchanted with your passion for food and life and eager to follow every post as well as read all of the previous ones. Such good reading! It was no surprise to find that you will be the author of a book soon.

I do have one hope- that your photography will also be a part of your new endeavour. You have an amazing eye and I thank you for inspiring me to make more of my own photography skills.

Way to go!!

9:41 AM, January 03, 2007  
Anonymous Lourdes said...

Oh my goodness! Molly, congratulations!! Faithful lurkers like myself love your blog and could not be happier - wonderful news for a very well-deserving person! Happy New Year indeed!

9:58 AM, January 03, 2007  
Blogger amylou said...

No one deserves it more, my friend.

10:02 AM, January 03, 2007  
Anonymous Gwen said...

Congratulations!! I had a feeling that would be the news. I can't wait to see the book! Your recipes have been a huge inspiration to get me in the kitchen more, and having them in book form will help keep me from using my laptop as a cookbook (such a dangerous habit).

10:58 AM, January 03, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Molly, you're a joy to read!
I can't wait for the book.

11:15 AM, January 03, 2007  
Anonymous Jess said...

Congratulations. When I started my blog you were incredibly encouraging and generous with your advice. I am so glad to see that good things happen to good writers AND good people. So inspiring.

11:27 AM, January 03, 2007  
Anonymous yazmena said...

I have to join the choir. Congratualtions Molly. I recently foudn your blog a few months ago and have enjoyed the ride!!!! Happy New Year!

11:47 AM, January 03, 2007  
Anonymous tami said...

when i first discovered the world of food blogging - too shy to take part myself - yours was the first blog i ever read.

i was in awe of your knowledge, photos, and your voice.

i can't wait to be in awe of those things - still - in a grander scale.

many many congrats!

- tami

1:15 PM, January 03, 2007  
Anonymous Alyce said...

My sincere best wishes and congratulations to you! (aka w00t!)

I am looking forward to reading more of you online and on paper.

Hooray - you did it!!!

2:08 PM, January 03, 2007  
Blogger Su-Lin said...

I´m a little late to it all but many congratulations! I´m so looking forward to your book coming out!

3:07 PM, January 03, 2007  
Blogger Patty said...

Molly, I am so EXCITED for you!!! I've been wondering for quite some time when you would come out with a cookbook and now I'm already looking forward to next year and the arrival of what is sure to be a wonderful book. Your blog has been a source of delicious recipes, useful info and lots of laughs for over a year and for that I thank you. You deserve nothing more than to live out your dreams. I now love Simon & Schuster!!!

4:05 PM, January 03, 2007  
Anonymous deb said...

I cannot wait for your book, your writing is utterly fabulous. Congratulations!

6:49 PM, January 03, 2007  
Anonymous The Veggie Paparazzi said...

Congratulations! That's wonderful news.

7:05 PM, January 03, 2007  
Anonymous alison said...

congratulations!!! i just found your blog a couple months ago and have become a huge fan...all the best to you and Brandon

8:41 PM, January 03, 2007  
Blogger Sam said...


I am so happy for you!

And if you don't come to SF soon, I am going to have to come to Seattle soon to meet you and Shauna for myself ;)

10:21 PM, January 03, 2007  
Blogger christine said...

Squeeeeeeal! Congratulations, that is so exciting, so deserving, so amazing and so so right! I'll be waiting for that book to hit the shelves. Best wishes to you! :)

6:29 AM, January 04, 2007  
Blogger Bright Phoenix said...

Congratulations on the book deal. What an exciting time for you.

Good luck!

6:56 AM, January 04, 2007  
Blogger Dawna said...

Late to the party, but wanted to add my thrilled congratulations to you, Molly! I'm very happy for you, and, of course, I'm really looking forward to the book!

7:31 AM, January 04, 2007  
Anonymous Glenn said...

Just wanted to congratulate you on your very exciting book deal. I have really enjoyed reading about your life and trying all your wonderful recipes - keep up the great blog-work and be sure to set aside a few book copies for me. Have a Happy 2007!

7:49 AM, January 04, 2007  
Anonymous kirsten said...

Congratulations Molly! I fell in love with your blog about a year ago, and subsequently with Brandon (how could we not, with your effervescent descriptions?) I love your writing, and have always been proud we share the same city!

Good Luck with the book - can't wait!

12:20 PM, January 04, 2007  
Anonymous sabrina said...

Congrats from a lurker! I'm so excited and can't wait to checkout the book!

12:54 PM, January 04, 2007  
Blogger Acme Instant Food said...

There is nothing I could add to this heartfelt list of happy chirpings except one more very sincere "congratulations!" You do indeed deserve this. Now quit reading this and roll up your sleeves!

3:32 PM, January 04, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll just jump joyfully on this wagon here and say WELL DONE! I'm so thrilled for you, and of course for us, now that we'll get to tote your beautiful writing around with us and then display it proudly on our bookshelves for years! I can't wait!!!


3:33 PM, January 04, 2007  
Anonymous groovee J said...


I only recently started reading your blog but think it's great. Can't wait to see the finished product.

5:31 PM, January 04, 2007  
Blogger Kim said...

I came by my love of food writing as a bookseller at Elliott Bay Book Company 15 years ago. Since then, I have read them all: MFK Fisher, Elizabeth David, Laurie Colwin and so on. In recent years, I grew sad that there were no new food writers who capture the daily beauty (and truths) of cooking and eating with friends. Then I found your blog. You deserve your success, and I congratulate you on carrying on a wonderful tradition. Kim

5:42 PM, January 04, 2007  
Blogger Barb said...

How wonderfully romantic on both accounts. I'm thrilled for you. It's so nice to hear successes (and hope your fortune sends off some sparkles my way) :). Congratulations.

6:54 PM, January 04, 2007  
Anonymous robin said...

Congratulations, Molly! My 3 favorite food bloggers are all working on cookbooks! Very exciting! I will look forward to your continued joie de vivre!

7:44 PM, January 04, 2007  
Blogger Kirsten said...

Molly, your writing is lovely. Something about it makes food and life elevate to a new level of emotion and senses...you can make my eyes fill with tears and my stomach growl and yet you are a perfect stranger.

And that, is talent.


8:07 PM, January 04, 2007  
Anonymous arc said...

molly....hip hip hooray! i am so stoked for your 2007. you are someone who inspires me to cook and i am the queen of eating out. thank you.

huge congrats all around.


8:21 PM, January 04, 2007  
Blogger xtine said...

Is there room for another "hurray!" from another person who loves your writing (and recipes)?!

When I first found your blog and forwarded it to some friends, I wrote to them that I wish your blog was a book that I can carry around so I can read bits of it a as treat whenever I like.

This, in a way, is sort of a dream come true for me, too, but only because you are such a gifted writer. Yay! :D

9:12 PM, January 04, 2007  
Anonymous Ariana said...

Congratulations from a reader in Boston. Fantastic news!

7:25 AM, January 05, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I congratulated earlier but your blog is awesome! Your recipes keep me hungry all day work! And your writing is amazing.

Btw, I made your chana masala, or rather Brandon's recipe and I was surprised at how good it is. Who knew tomatoes combined with cardamon pods and the other spices could yield such heaven! I made it yesterday and I'm having it for lunch today. big congrats again! -

9:29 AM, January 05, 2007  
Blogger Brian Gardunia said...

I ran across your blog randomly over a year ago and have come back weekly ever since. I have long ago thought your writing deserved more recognition.

Thanks and congrats!

12:24 PM, January 05, 2007  
Blogger Meg said...

Congratulations! It sounds like 2007 is going to be a fantastic year for you. I'm looking forward to seeing your cookbook on bookstore shelves already.

12:34 PM, January 05, 2007  
Anonymous megan said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you, and looking forward to hearing about your year.

12:48 PM, January 05, 2007  
Blogger jane said...


i don't know you but i read your blog all the time, enjoy your writing style and everything about it! i'm tickled for you. enjoy this wonderful moment and savour it - you deserve it!


1:13 PM, January 05, 2007  
Blogger Tony said...

Hi Molly,

Hapy New Year to you and all success to your ventures. I'm sure you will produce a readable and useful tome. It will be fabulous!

Can't wait to buy a copy when it appears on the shelves!!



2:09 PM, January 05, 2007  
Blogger Elise said...

Molly, that's fabulous! Congratulations on the book deal and three cheers to an amazing 2007.

12:45 AM, January 06, 2007  
Blogger Anne said...

What a lucky lady you are! Book proposals, marriage proposals! Good for you and lots of luck writing. Your dedication and hard work have paid off! What a lovely success story!

3:28 AM, January 06, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the best in your endeavors, and I'll eagerly await the product.


4:21 AM, January 06, 2007  
Blogger Mike Eberhart said...

Congrats, and welcome to the cookbook author's club! Hope you achieve wonderful success with your new book.

6:34 AM, January 06, 2007  
Blogger frillgirl said...

Congrats from a brand new reader! :)

9:02 AM, January 06, 2007  
Anonymous Amie's sister said...

I hope your photos are included in the book. I stand by my opinion that in addition to being a writer, you are also a talented photographer. I always love, love, love your food photos. Congratulations!

6:14 AM, January 07, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I have been reading your blog for a year now, cooking as many of your recipes as I can, and enjoying your wonderful writing. I am so happy for you and can't wait to read the book!

5:34 PM, January 07, 2007  
Anonymous Kat said...

I love reading your work, and will definately be looking for the book! Would you be willing to email me about the process you went through? My husband has been writing for a year now, but we don't know how to start the "publishing machine". Congratulations again, you deserve it!

11:32 AM, January 08, 2007  
Blogger Annette said...

On behalf of all the rest of us who kick around the idea of a cookbook in our heads but never really get organized enough to go do it: congratulations, and well done!

9:24 PM, January 08, 2007  
Anonymous stef said...

Molly, haven't commented much here though I've been here from time to time and ALWAYS enjoy your writing. Congratulations, so happy for you, with the book deal and Brandon. Happy New Year and looking forward to getting and reading your book! How wonderful!

6:09 PM, January 09, 2007  
Anonymous mary said...

congratulations, molly. i'm thrilled for you and your exciting year ahead!

10:56 PM, January 09, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


2:03 AM, January 10, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm a new and very recent reader (and not a foodie and I don't cook). But, I do live in Seattle. When you do your book signing, I'll be there, with credit card in hand to buy the book.


7:54 AM, January 10, 2007  
Blogger Laura said...

I'm a bit late to the show of love, but congratulations! I can't wait to hear about your new career and to buy the book. You'll have to do one of those virtual book tours. Cheers!

1:39 PM, January 10, 2007  
Anonymous veron said...

wow this very happy news. It's every food bloggers dream!

2:41 AM, January 11, 2007  
Anonymous blair said...

Man, did I have to scroll down a long way to leave a comment! : ) Molly, if anybody can make a narrative cookbook a gem of a read, it will definitely be you. I have told so many about your sight, so inspiring, full of class, and such a great read. Let me know when to pre-order many copies! Congrats to you!

9:32 AM, January 11, 2007  
Anonymous amy d said...

how exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10:17 AM, January 11, 2007  
Anonymous Amanda said...

I AM SO EXCITED!!! Orangette original recipes, woo hoo! Oh, and I'm glad for you, too.

1:40 PM, January 11, 2007  
Anonymous Barbara said...

I'm so happy for you - and for the rest of us, who get to enjoy your book!
I'm another faithful lurker.

7:17 AM, January 12, 2007  
Anonymous Steve Harrell said...


Just heard from the folks at UWP why you weren't there when I went to see "my publicist."

Congratulations! And to think you damn near wasted your life being an anthropologist!

7:31 PM, February 10, 2007  
Blogger cally said...

So I'm a little late with a Woo Hoo well done! but, to be fair, I only just found you via Port 2 Port. Your story is exciting and timely (i just got made redundant) so I will keep tabs and be inspired by you, your lovely blog and your blossoming book.

6:01 AM, March 09, 2007  

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