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The feeling of it

I’m not sure what to say today. Pretty much the only thing that comes to mind is whoa. And wow. And thank you.

Actually, it’s more like THANK YOU. With lots of !!!!! at the end. Just to be perfectly clear.

I don’t have much to show for the past ten days, I have to admit. I took a couple of cameras on the road with me, but somehow, I only brought them out when I was in transit, in the subway or on a train, or in an airplane, half asleep between Newark and Seattle, sitting next to a window whose surface was so intricately, so elaborately, so eerily scratched-up that it looked like the thumbprint of a giant. Oh well.

I guess I also managed to take a couple of meal-time shots, but really, only a couple. So, no, I don’t have much to show for my time on the road. Nothing except a few spent Sharpies, some dirty clothes, and a lot of disbelief and wonder that it ever happened at all.

Somehow, when I thought about doing a book tour, I imagined myself standing painfully, night after night, in front of a roomful of empty chairs, listening to the hum of the ceiling lights and cracking halfhearted jokes with the guy at the cash register to keep from curling into the fetal position and dying on the spot. But miraculously, that was not the case, not even once, and I have you to thank for that. Thank you. This blog has always felt to me like a conversation, a conversation that we’ve had for going on five years, but until now, I never got to see your faces, and you never got to see mine. In the past couple of weeks, that has started to change, and I like the feeling of it.

So thank you, and thank you again. Thank you to the bookstores who hosted me, to the friends and family who gave me beds and blankets and bought me cheeseburgers, to those of you who e-mailed and left comments here, and to those of you who came out to say hello, bearing brownies, biscotti, cookies, rugelach, olives, jam, dish towels, maple syrup, fancy salt, and handwritten recipes. You people! You people. I won’t ever get over you.

You know, there’s a little espresso machine repair shop up the hill from our apartment - yes, Seattle lives up to its stereotypes - and I’ve been thinking about it lately. The guy who runs the place is terrific. He’s very quiet and intentional, and very happy in a quiet, intentional way. He never rushes or seems harried, and half of the time, rather than charging you to fix your machine, he tells you how to fix it yourself, for free. He has a dry-erase board in the shop where he writes observations or snatches of wisdom, things seemingly simple - dead-simple, really, and even somewhat hokey - that you somehow wind up thinking about for days, turning over and over like a coin in your pocket. My friend Ben has taken to referring to the espresso repair guy as his Guru on the Hill, which nicely sums up how we feel about him.

Anyway, this weekend, Ben called to tell me that he had gone to the shop last week, and when he walked in, the guru was writing on the dry-erase board, and what it said was, “I can’t wait to see what happens next.” I don’t know about you, but I think there is something sort of great about that. And I second it, in about eight million different ways.

I am going to keep this short, since I’m more tired than I would like to admit. But I’m going to cook this for dinner tomorrow, which I’m pretty excited about, and next week, you should be prepared for an onslaught, a deluge, a whathaveyou of all things Delancey, because a lot is happening over there.

So, onward we go.

P.S. The book events aren’t entirely over. Click here for more, and if you’re in or near Olympia, you can find me this Friday, March 27, at 6:30 pm at the Olympia Timberland Library. It’s free and open to the public, so come on out.


Blogger Emily Harris said...

Congrats on your book! I found out about you and it through multiple blogs that I read. I trusted their rave reviews and went out and snagged one of the last copies at a local Barnes and Noble. I am only about 75 pages in, but I love it. LOVE it. Your writing is fantastic. I am your new fan! So when does your next book come out? :o)

8:09 PM, March 23, 2009  
Blogger RW said...

are you coming across the border to Canada?

8:12 PM, March 23, 2009  
Blogger abbeyviolet said...

I love the OKC signing and was so glad to meet you in person. Thanks for dropping by!

8:13 PM, March 23, 2009  
Blogger Jess said...

Welcome home, Molly. That giant's thumbprint is magical. Thank you for capturing it. I can just picture the towering creature reaching into his giant toy chest, pulling out your jet - toylike in his giant hands - and zooming it around his giant head, his sticky thumb firmly planted on that window.

8:18 PM, March 23, 2009  
Blogger Maggie said...

congratulations. it was lovely to read your book and even more lovely to hear you read it!

8:20 PM, March 23, 2009  
Blogger Shauna said...

Molly, I was SO BUMMED to have to miss your event at the Ferry Building (mere minutes from my apartment--gah!), but have since received a copy of your book am devouring a bit everyday, trying not to finish it too quickly. What a beautiful read! So glad the tour was a great success, but I, along with many other readers, am totally not shocked by that at all.

8:22 PM, March 23, 2009  
Blogger Kristin said...

I wish I could have seen you out here in DC, but I'm sure you were an absolute hit! I'm glad to see that half of your photos are from inside the DC Metro too... : ) I did go out and buy the book, I was so excited to do so, now I just have to learn how to cook something more than chicken breasts. LOL Next time I'm home, hopefully I'll see you at a Mat class...

8:24 PM, March 23, 2009  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Hi Molly-

It was such a treat to see you on person and I think your book will be the gift I send to friends and family for the rest of the year. I must have teared up at least once in each essay. So THANK YOU!

8:26 PM, March 23, 2009  
Blogger Hui Wen said...

Thank YOU for your book. It is sad at times but never sappy. And scenes that are clearly painful, once read, leave you feeling not overwhelmed but strong. Like in the long run everything is going to be ok. It's so special.

And the recipes, they're wonderful. The vanilla bean buttermilk cake with glazed oranges in particular is a recipe I was glad to see in updated form. I've been eyeing the recipe on the site for the longest time but never tried because of a bias against low-fat cakes. I'm so glad you've found a recipe without squeakiness.

Again, thank you so much for your book. It is my new favourite. Totally worth ordering early so that I could read it here in Singapore. I can't begin to say how happy I am for you. I just wish I could have been there at one of the book signings.

8:40 PM, March 23, 2009  
Blogger chef-renee said...

I find myself in the unique position of being the first to comment after you post. So let me say, I am so excited for you, your husband and your future! Your words are free and refreshing, your progress inspiring and I am enjoying your book. Best wishes to you and yours. You go girl!

8:44 PM, March 23, 2009  
Blogger chef-renee said...

oops! ok I was not the first to comment but I meant it all the same, best of luck! chef-renee

8:51 PM, March 23, 2009  
Anonymous Julie said...

Yay you!

Your book arrived in the mail last week, and I saved it for the weekend. (Which was a working weekend- I'm not sure what I was thinking.) I kept touching it beside my bed, wanting to save it for a special occasion, needing to savour it. I read a few chapters, then started to panic like I did when I was a kid and had candy or was on spring break, knowing it would be over soon. I'm so enjoying just knowing it's there for me to devour little snippets of here and there. Silly, yes. But that YOU for that.

8:59 PM, March 23, 2009  
Blogger Nicole said...

That recipe looks absolutely delicous and exactly what you need after some time on the road. It looks like exactly the kind of thing I would want to eat after a month long backpacking trip. I am so happy for the success of your book. I thought it was wonderful.

I ask you again to please come to Fairbanks. You would be amazed how many people pre-ordered your book here. We would love to have you. I'm going to keep asking until you say "yes". Really, I don't care if it is 3 months or three years from now. Come in July and pick cloudberries and hand out in the soft spongy tundra and watch the clouds roll by from the land. You will love it, I promise.

9:08 PM, March 23, 2009  
Blogger Anna said...

Congratulations and Welcome Back! I still can't believe how great our event was with you over at University Book Store and it sounds like all the events that followed were in the same vein. I hope it continues!
Also, I made the scones from your book yesterday. So simple and so good! yum!

9:09 PM, March 23, 2009  
Anonymous Penelope said...

I'm so bummed about not seeing you when you were in SF but maybe next time? Your book has been keeping my family and myself full with glee and good food in our bellies. Thank YOU! Molly.
The book is stained already! Must by one for my shelf so that the other can stay in the kitchen :)

9:26 PM, March 23, 2009  
Blogger Nerissa said...

I sure wish I didn't live in the middle of nowhere so I might have had a chance to slip across the border.
I look forward to get a few more coins together so I can get your book. Not in the cards quite yet.

9:29 PM, March 23, 2009  
Blogger Emily said...

Hi Molly -- saw you at the Ferry Building in SF, where I also picked up a copy of the book. I just finished it yesterday and loved it! I also made the cream-braised cabbage yesterday and loved THAT, too. Thanks so much for sharing everything with us!

9:47 PM, March 23, 2009  
Blogger Hungry Oyster said...


i saw your book-reading in pdx--was too shy to say hello, but i couldn't be happier for your book 's release. i will definetely make the trek up to seattle once delancey is open. also, i love francis lam's writing!

congrats again!


9:58 PM, March 23, 2009  
Blogger Heather said...

Hooray! I saw you in Seattle at U bookstore, you were so charming and great. I devoured your entire book and now won't stop eating cream-braised brussels sprouts. And MAYBE we've peeked in those windows at Delancey a time or two on our way to macarons at Honore!

Your success is well deserved, and says something very nice about the world and what people like, I think.

10:18 PM, March 23, 2009  
OpenID ashlealauren said...

I've always wondered about that espresso repair place. I can't imagine how he stays in business, though I do believe he's got a strong corner on the market. :) Quite excited for Delancey when it opens. Congrats on the book success!

12:43 AM, March 24, 2009  
Anonymous Catherine said...

You deserve all that and more! Your book is sublime. I wish I'd been able to come and see you, but I'm in England so just a little too far.

1:04 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger Foodie said...

Lovely post... can't wait til my book order comes in.

2:07 AM, March 24, 2009  
Anonymous sarah said...

i'm so so pleased the tour has been so wonderful, i can't wait to get my hands on a copy...

2:29 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger Victoria said...


At Idlewild Books you read eloquently; you were smiling; you were pretty; and best of all, you looked like you were having a good time.

What a treat it was for me, in addition to meeting you, to see a room FULL of young, bright, and hopeful faces.

Long after the economic crisis has passed, we'll still be cooking for the people we love.

Let's live life to the hilt!


2:55 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger Aran said...

congratulations on all your success with he book molly. all i read are great reviews everywhere i turn. i loved it myself. i know you are tired and the last thing you'd want to do is to get on another plane to go across country but i'd love it if you were able to come to florida. i'd be the first standing in line. thank you.

4:05 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger TD wool design said...

how wonderful for you! enjoy each second, it is truly deserved.

4:05 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger Cindy Marsch said...

I learned a version of "kusherie" from the homey *More With Less* cookbook assembled by homey Mennonites a few decades ago. It has a place on my shelf next to *Recipes for a Small Planet* and *Diet for a Small Planet,* though *The Moosewood Cookbook* pulled all that sort of thought into another realm a decade later. My kusherie is, yes, the caramelized onions, but the rice is added to the browned lentils and cooked together very simply. While that is cooking you make a tomato sauce--the recipe calls for a bitter version with lots of celery and canned tomato sauce. I prefer a chopped-tomato version with some sweetness, and the idea of cinnamon and cardamom and such makes me want to make this again immediately!

Here's some inspiration and a more precise reference I just found: http://myownsweetthyme.blogspot.com/2008/03/kusherie-egyptian-rice-and-lentils.html

4:38 AM, March 24, 2009  
Anonymous Ricki said...

So fabulous--congratulations! I cannot wait to get your bog. Your blog and writing are totally inspiring to this blogger/reader. And I second the Canadian comments--please, please come to Toronto on tour??!!

4:49 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger petoskystone said...

so glad that you enjoyed yourself! & that even when overwhelmed & tired & far from home, you could still see a giant's fingerprint & think enough of us to post it!!

5:06 AM, March 24, 2009  
Anonymous Emily said...

I saw your book reviewed in People magazine and picked up a copy right away. I am only 50 or so pages in but so far I love it! I picked up bananas and crystalized ginger this weekend so that I can make your banana bread recipe later this week.

5:14 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger Anna said...

Molly, congratulations on the success you're having with your new book and your events over the past few weeks--my copy is on its way to me and I can't wait to read it!

I also love that photo of the giant's thumbprint. You have a way of turning the "ordinary" into the magical. A gift that I am happy you share with the world.

5:37 AM, March 24, 2009  
Anonymous nicolette said...

Congratulations again, and it was SO nice to finally meet you!

5:38 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger dc365 said...

Molly - It was such a pleasure to meet you at Ceiba. The blog has always allowed me to count you as a 'friend' and it felt very good to finally see your face and hear your voice (and those fab purple tights!). I'm nearly done with the book, and all the previous comments are correct - you should feel very proud of your book as it really is something special. Tonight I make Brandon's chana masala, the Rancho Gordo chickpeas are simmering in the crock pot now...

5:39 AM, March 24, 2009  
Anonymous Sam said...

I ordered my copy through Amazon a couple of weeks ago and check to door step daily for a visit from the postie. If only Amazon had their 2 day postage to Australia!
Congratulation on everything with the book. How exciting to have your own book tour.

5:43 AM, March 24, 2009  
OpenID pricklypearbloom said...

Congrats on everything! If you were going to be doing a book signing somewhere remotely near me, I would surely be one of those people too (Chicago!). :)

I love koshari. I had it for the first time last summer at a neighborhood get together and fell head over heels in love, yet I still haven't made it at home yet. Soon, I think. Enjoy yours!

5:48 AM, March 24, 2009  
OpenID squirrelbread said...

charming as ever. you're a marvel and an inspiration.



5:53 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger un bel oiseau said...

Ever think about coming to Boston?? Your book is wonderful and I look forward to reading your blog every day! Thanks so much for sharing!

5:53 AM, March 24, 2009  
Anonymous L*Joy said...

I feel like the guru on the hill. I too can't wait to see what happens next.

thanks for sharing.

5:53 AM, March 24, 2009  
OpenID pricklypearbloom said...

Oh! And if I may make a suggestion about that koshari. You might want some type of tomato-y chile sauce for it. That made the dish for me, right there.

5:54 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger hannah said...

please tell ben to give the guru on the hill a hug for me. and one for you just cause i like you so much.

6:35 AM, March 24, 2009  
Anonymous jcolando said...

I too saw you at the U bookstore {I was the woman a bit near the end of the signing line that spoke about losing my father and being so moved by how you write about your father}. I read the book that night and the next day and have to tell you that I loved it--every story and every recipe. I went back yesterday to pick up a copy for a gift and they were out. The guy at the info desk said they keep ordering new copies and selling out. How fabulous for you, Molly! It truly was a pleasure meeting you and talking with you. I wish you and Brandon all the best.

6:43 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger Jesse said...

Congratulations! I meant to come out to see you at the ferry building, but the day got away from me. I'm so glad you've been having such a wonderful few weeks!
And the koshary? One of my favorite dishes of all time - enjoy it!

6:45 AM, March 24, 2009  
OpenID panther said...

I have to admit I have one serious problem with your book. I have one bookcase entirely dedicated to cookbooks. I have a shelf on another bookcase for books by food authors, or about food that aren't exactly cookbooks, even though they might contain some recipes. I don't know where to PUT your book. I devoured it like a novel, but I am anxious to try some of the recipes....
What a wonderful gift you are to the world. Never doubt that. I want so badly to meet you and somehow I still haven't. (Though I'm eagerly awaiting Delancy's ....not so far from my home!)

I dearly adore you, your blog, your book.....I feel like I know you!

6:56 AM, March 24, 2009  
Anonymous Lissa said...

I am delurking for the first time after many years reading your blog to comment on what you are making for dinner tomorrow night! I recently returned from a work-related trip to Cairo still craving Koshari. It is an amazing carbo load, but the tastes meld together so well (make sure to add hot sauce and lemon) and watching them pile it all together out of large vats of lentils and beans on the streets was amazing. I hope you enjoy it and am looking forward to your reivew. If nothing else, you have given me the basis to try and cook my own - thanks! Can't wait to get the book, just haven't tried to order it in France yet... All the best!!

7:03 AM, March 24, 2009  
Anonymous Robin said...

I have a copy of your book waiting for me when I go to NYC to host a family Passover. I am so looking forward to curling up and reading it. Hmmm, must make Passover dinner first. I wish I could have met you at one of your events. Maybe next time.


7:11 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger Katie said...

I'm so excited for you! I'm down here in TX so couldn't make it to any of the events, but I bought your book and read it, and loved it. I've already made the ratatouille and the Scottish scones. Fantastic! And I love the stories that go along with them.

7:15 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger shari said...

it all sounds like such fun molly! i'm so happy for you. welcome home. xox

7:25 AM, March 24, 2009  
Anonymous Sunset Hill Girl said...

My partner made your sweet potato cake on Saturday. We ate the last two pieces last night, Monday. The cake was fab but it calls your name when you get close to the kitchen, it disappeared baby slice by baby slice during the day. My waist line can't take it. So I've got a plan... how about featuring recipes like your desserts at Delancey during the month they show up on the blog. You get customers and I don't have to buy new clothes to match my increasing waist line. Delancey is about a 1 1/2 miles from my house. I can walk up and eat dessert, yummm.

7:35 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger pamcjordan said...

I read about your book on WiseCraft and bought a copy last week. I am totally enjoying it and have already made the banana/chocolate/ginger bread. Looking forward to trying the other recipes. Thanks for the interesting read!

7:38 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger Laura [What I Like] said...

This is all so wonderful...I so enjoy reading your blog, and I intend to start in on your book very soon! Looking forward to hearing about the restaurant.

7:39 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger Vivian said...

I was so happy to meet you at the Full Circle Bookstore in OKC. We had such a great time there. I am glad this tour was such a success for you. I can't wait to hear more about your adventures on the road.

7:40 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger pupilesque cheft said...

Ahhhhh, the carb overload that you're having for dinner (some nights ago)-whew---momentarily, it didn't sound good, but with the Chinese salad I intend to make tonight; what the heck....we'll give it a shot! The spices seems like the right way to do it up.

7:41 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger sarah blackmon said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing this blog, and for writing your book. I read it last week, in two sittings, and was positively captivated while reading, and haunted (in the most positive sense) in the span between.
While these aren't my usual words for a book that I love (LOVE!), they are the most appropriate: generous, kind, heartfelt (and at times, heart-breaking), and wow! inspiring.

7:54 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger Zoomie said...

We went back to Book Passage this weekend and not only are they sold out, they say the publisher is sold out, too!!! Go, Molly!!!

8:08 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Your book is so fantastic...I love your honesty and humor. I too look forward to what's ahead:)

8:13 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger Martha said...

Hi Molly - Thanks so much for adding the other DC event at Borders. I really enjoyed meeting you and listening to the first chapter. (Proud of myself for not crying in public after that!) Your words about gaining confidence stuck and I have started a humble little blog. Definitely a work in progress, but after the first post - it just seems less daunting! marthamiller dot wordpress dot com

8:17 AM, March 24, 2009  
Anonymous Danielle said...

I just finished your book last night and I just loved it. If I wasn't laughing out loud then I was usually wiping a tear, but typically I was just smiling throughout the whole read. I am a regular reader of your blog and naturally I was interested in your book. I loved to read and I always have books waiting in the wings for me to find time to read them all so I am selective about purchasing another book. Well, after reading about half way down the inside jacket I knew I had to purchase this one. Not only did I buy it I went home and started devouring it. Working through your grief in Paris and not really knowing what to do next, I can totally relate. I am a relatively young widow raising a daughter on my own, so your story and triumph of finding your way just made me hopeful. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

8:20 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger Nurit "1 family. friendly. food." said...

That is wonderful, Molly. I'm so happy for you.

8:24 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger Caroline said...

I wish you would have come all the way down to Orange County, CA so I could have come to see you but I am very much enjoying the book and plan to gift it to several people this year.

Congratulations and good luck with what's next!

8:36 AM, March 24, 2009  
Anonymous Samantha said...

It was so nice to meet you in NYC, the reading was really something special. I've been cooking up a storm from your book, last night was the banana bread (which is going to be a snack momentarily).

Take care!

8:47 AM, March 24, 2009  
Anonymous noble pig said...

Glad it is going well. I am always fueled by others succeeding! Enjoy what's ahead, it will only get better.

9:06 AM, March 24, 2009  
Anonymous sarahk said...

when i read your blog a couple years, i remember thinking, this girl is going to make it BIG! she has what it takes. and so you did... congrats!

btw, i love the way you talk about your wedding day and marriage in your book. you put into words perfectly how i felt about it all. you have that gift.

9:19 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger kittymama said...

Molly, THANK YOU right back for coming out to meet us, for writing a wonderful book and of course for this blog. I was at Idlewild and it was such a nice evening. You are such an inspiration and I can't wait to see what happens next for you -- and for all of us, really.

9:23 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger Paige said...

I love love those pictures of the DC metro. So other-worldly. And I'm really bummed I missed you here. I'm halfway through your book and I. love. it.

9:27 AM, March 24, 2009  
Anonymous Betsy said...

Thank you for writing your book--I absolutely love it!!

9:31 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger Little Miss Cupcake said...

I can't wait to get my copy of the book! If you make the leap across the pond to promote it in Paris, I'll be there. You are an amazing talent and a great writer -- savor every minute. This is your time and you deserve it!

9:53 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger A Day That Is Dessert said...

Welcome home! I really enjoyed your event and am loving your book - reading and cooking from it. Am sad I've gotten it dirty from cooking. My six year old is reading some of it too, every time he sees it sitting on the kitchen counter.

10:10 AM, March 24, 2009  
Anonymous Jan said...

Hi Molly,

I picked up your book based on the recommendation of other bloggers and I LOVED it - it was really wonderful. Since I finished it (in a mere few hours it was so darn good), I've been reading back through some of your blog posts and they're equally as wonderful. I wish there was a Toronto date on your book tour (is there? could there be?), as I don't think you're headed to anywhere in the US that is close to me. Congratulations on all of your successes?

10:33 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger Ciao Chow Linda said...

I read your book last week and have been telling all my friends about it. I LOVED IT - loved the heartfelt stories, the recipes, your writing - all of it. Brava to you.

10:37 AM, March 24, 2009  
OpenID bferry said...

the guru on the hill sounds like a wise, wise dude.

and i can't wait to hear more about delancey!

10:42 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger jesse said...

I feel proud to have a copy of the first print version of the book, the one with teensy error regarding the amount of butter in the pound cake. Your careful self included the weight in ounces, though, so one could conclude that the "cups" should actually be "sticks"...Thank you for being you and for inspiring so many. I hope you try the cookie recipe I gave you in OKC.

10:59 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger kickpleat said...

I can't wait until I have the book in my hands (not sure what I'm waiting for yet, but it will be purchased soon!) I loved this post and the deepest congratulations on your success!

11:03 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger Lisa Lou said...

What a fun book. I just happened to read your article in Bon Appetite the other day about rice pudding, and I was hooked. I got the giggles thinking about the many variations of rice pudding at my home over the years. After reading your article, I went to your blog. Where have I been over the years? So of course one thing lead to another, and you know Amazon ships for free if you spend enough, and therefore I just finished reading your book. It was fantastic! I loved every minute of it, and seeing what a charming gal you must be. Way to go and thanks for the fun. I'll be bookmarking your blog!! Lisa

11:05 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger Joslyn said...

molly...i am loving your book...almost done reading it so sad to have it end that it might just start over when i'm done. I made the cream braised green cabbage for my husband this weekend and he died over how amazing it was...i also did a very non-molly thing and topped it with some toasted walnuts see for the full gorey details ;-)

11:32 AM, March 24, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations and all the rest, but I don't know why you or anyone else should be surprised. You are damned good at what you do, as is the young man whose recipe you said you mean to prepare. Francis Lam's take on food and the world is unique, I believe, and he is decent beyond words.

11:59 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger Barrie said...

Hi Molly.

Thanks for letting me "stalk you" outside Idlewild. You were kind to take the time to talk to me and sign the book. Sorry I missed the reading, but my aunt is much better, and now I can concentrate on reading your magnum opus!


12:08 PM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger farmgirl said...

Heartfelt congratulations on your beautiful book and may all good things continue to come your way. You are a bright spot on the long, mysterious horizon.

12:11 PM, March 24, 2009  
Anonymous Maija said...

I can't wait either - what a great motto for living life. Kind of reminds me of Charlotte's Web (remember the part about what word would appear in the web?).

I hope you enjoyed the gibassier from Pearl Bakery. I have saved the last 2 or 3 chapters of your book, much like squares of dark chocolate, for a treat later this week. Don't want it to end! Made the scones & chana masala, so far. Yum.

2:38 PM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger cindy* said...

congrats :) and wishing you only the very best.

3:10 PM, March 24, 2009  
Anonymous Hillary said...

Congratulations on everything! Can't wait to hear about Delancey!

3:47 PM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger Literary Device said...

Hi Molly. I really enjoyed your reading in New York and have been following your blog and cooking your recipes for some time; your approach to food and to life is delightfully refreshing. Look forward to reading more! - Kirsten

5:58 PM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger CRANBERRY MASH.......{my life notes from the bog} said...

YAY...I thought I missed your book signing tour all together...but you will be in my neck of the woods in Olympia on friday!! I live in Steilacoom. I just picked up your book a week ago and am thrilled to be able to meet you!! Your book is great..totally love it!! Love your maple syrup story...i never realized some soak their pancakes or french toast in syrup or some use it sparingly. I am a soaker and my hubby just wets his a little. I literally made a batch of french toast on sunday morning just to see how much syrup my family uses.

9:04 PM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger natalia said...

oh florida would have loved to have you!
take care.

9:42 PM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger jodye said...

Congratulations!, and that koshary recipe looks quite delicious

10:48 PM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger Fibo said...

I love that quote from your guru on the hill, 'I can't wait to see what happens next', it's exactly what I'm feeling at the moment as my life is finally going in a more exciting direction. You've inspired a blog post :)

2:29 AM, March 25, 2009  
Blogger Genevieve said...

Hey Molly, your book is in the March 16th edition of People magazine! Front page of the book section and everything!

6:08 AM, March 25, 2009  
Anonymous Dianna said...

I'm savoring your book rather slowly -- it is so incredibly wonderful that of course I want to gobble it up in one huge bite, but I'm restraining myself. I do find myself staying up way too late reading it, and falling asleep with a growling tummy. It's a lovely, lovely thing, and I have a long list of friends I need to buy this book for. Nice job -- you should feel very proud of yourself! Thank you very much.

6:37 AM, March 25, 2009  
Anonymous Jenny said...


I trudged your book all the way from the east coast to join me on vacation in Hawaii. Wow, what a wise choice--your book was worth every ounce of weight it added to my already over-limit suitcase.

Apparently, I am not the only one who loved it. Today, I got an email from Amazon today that lists your book among its best sellers--#2 in Gastronomy! Ahead of Alice Waters! ALICE WATERS!!

8:02 AM, March 25, 2009  
Anonymous AmyKortuem said...

I found you via SouleMama and am so glad she posted about your book! I immediately went to your blog and to amazon.com to find out about the book. Read the introduction, and was hooked. Can't wait to read the whole thing...and I've bookmarked your blog!


10:19 AM, March 25, 2009  
Blogger Meredith said...


I am, along with many of my best pals, an avid reader of Orangette, so when we heard you were going on book tour and planned a stop in DC, I spent many hours trying to figure out how I could take vacation days to come hear you read with one of my dearest friends there. This particular friend is someone with whom I exchange regular emails that begin, "have you read Orangette today?!" So when I received a copy of your book, signed to ME, from that friend, it was like she was in the room with me. We love the way you turn a phrase and your incredibly passion for food, but there's also something amazing about how reading your blog connects us even though we're a thousand miles apart. Thanks for that. I'm almost done reading the book...and it is just lovely.

10:42 AM, March 25, 2009  
Anonymous Kathleen said...

Lovely, simply lovely. I'm new to your blogging, but it is great. Not to mention you devine gastro concoctions!

By the way, I'm from OKC too, and have you tried to make some classic dishes from there? It is very Southern/southwest...very yummy. I know you were thinking about doing more meat, and there is nothing like the perfect rack of baby back ribs, with a bbq sauce that is tangy, spicy, and a little sassy.

Anyway, I'm not sure if you remember the amazing restuarant Terra Luna on Western, but she made a key lime pie with banana whip cream...how would you make the banana whip cream? It is more than banana extract, there were actualy bits of banana, but it wasn't heavy, still a light cream. Anyway, if you're feeling like helping a sister out, I'll be reading your posts!

Thanks again. I'm in DC now, and I can't wait to try your brothers restuarants. Good luck to you and your husband.

10:55 AM, March 25, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

“I can’t wait to see what happens next.”

There are far too many people who passively wait instead of taking action. Maybe there is another level of meaning to this: i.e., "I can't wait to see what happens next; I must cause something positive to happen." Good people doing nothing will be our undoing.

11:05 AM, March 25, 2009  
Blogger minnesota:madre said...

Are you coming to MN for the book tour? I think you should!

11:07 AM, March 25, 2009  
Anonymous Dana said...

Just yesterday I was thinking, as I clicked on my link to your blog.."I sure do miss reading orangette" Like a good friend who is away on vacation...you hope they are having fun, but can't wait until they are back!
I loved your book. And thank you so much for writing it, and sharing your story.

12:03 PM, March 25, 2009  
Blogger Ashley said...

Molly, it was lovely to meet you in DC. I know my sister will enjoy the book as much as I have - only wish she could have been around to meet you as well. Congratulations on everything!

p.s. You capture the metro beautifully - which is saying something b/c I didn't know that was possible!

1:20 PM, March 25, 2009  
Anonymous lskphilly said...

I only just discovered your blog and your book via a recommendation on Head Butler. I ordered the book before I even read your blog and am loving it.

Also love the blog. It is terrific. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and your recipes.

1:22 PM, March 25, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

33rd on the NY Times Best Sellers List - AWESOME!

1:30 PM, March 25, 2009  
Blogger Alice Q. Foodie said...

Congrats on the success of the book, and re: Delancey? BRING IT! I can't wait to come up and try it. You go girl. And you too Brandon. I just wish you were coming to San Diego :-(

2:17 PM, March 25, 2009  
Anonymous Janna W said...

Welcome home. There is a lot of love for you out there. I have no doubt that the "next" will be yet another great tale, followed by even more support and love.

2:56 PM, March 25, 2009  
Anonymous Alger said...

Just got the book I'm looking forward to trying the butternut soup. Way to go!

4:02 PM, March 25, 2009  
Blogger Hannah said...

i'm devastated because i couldn't make it to your booksigning, but i would kill for a signed copy! (i would have loved to meet you, but i suppose it's just as well because, frankly, i probably would have been a blubbering idiot.) anyways, is there some other way i can acquire a signed copy? (i'm in NY, if that's relevant)
with much hope,

4:24 PM, March 25, 2009  
Blogger Kathy Lou said...

I have been reading your blog for about 6 months now. Today I actually had a few minutes to myself sans 3 year old and I found your new book at Barnes and Noble. I opened to the chapter about losing your dad. I read the whole thing and had to run from the store before I started to sob in front of everyone. I wanted to share how much I appreciate your honesty and sharing the pain you went through. I can completely relate, having lost both of my parents by the time I was 37. I will make my way back to the bookstore in time to actually buy the book, but not yet. Your writing is beautiful and moving and completely unexpected. Congratulations on your success, and I love your blog!

5:36 PM, March 25, 2009  
Blogger shoppingpit said...

Molly- Your book is so fantastic. My son sent me a text(he is a junior at Emory University in Atlanta)to say that the soup that I sent back to school with him was the BEST ever! I make a lot of soup so, this is a huge compliment. My daughter(freshman at NCSU) came by today looking for the rest of the soup I had frozen. She thawed it and then devoured it! We love it! I'm making more tomorrow. I won't even start on the other recipes I have made from your book. Beyond delish! Please come see us at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC

6:36 PM, March 25, 2009  
Blogger my loves said...

congratulations on your success. i am sure you never tire of hearing that you truly inspire. the arrangement of your words is flawless, you storytelling so smooth and of course, the recipes are dare i say: life changing. i finished the book and immediately strapped on my apron. actually, i don't wear an apron in the kitchen but it seemed like the right visual. the recipes i have completed are spot on. my next step? finding the same passion that i hear in your work. good luck in all future endeavors!!!

7:02 PM, March 25, 2009  
Blogger Emily said...


Wish I could have attended one of your book signings, but I sent my mom as proxy to the one in OKC to buy me a copy. Congratulations on your success!

7:34 PM, March 25, 2009  
Anonymous Noreen Lynn said...

I went to pick up your book the first week it came out. They hadn't even gotten it on the sales floor yet. I have been savoring it, reading it bit by bit and am really enjoying it. I will finish this week probably. Perhaps maybe I will try a recipe or two!!

Having lost both of my parents, one to the dreaded C, I really appreciate you sharing about your experience.

Take care!

8:27 PM, March 25, 2009  
Anonymous Lucille said...

Happy days! A new discovery. Over here for the first time from Soule Mama and somewhat daunted by the thought of five years of catching up, so maybe your book is the way in. It looks like a perfect birthday present for me. Meanwhile I'll make a start with that pasta rice onion dish - I was just wondering what to do for supper tonight.

3:03 AM, March 26, 2009  
Blogger Nicole said...

Lovely pictures. Lovely post. Congratulations on all your success and the tour. The story of the repair man is so precious... I found myself wondering where does he go after work? What does his home look like...
You are a deft writer.

8:10 AM, March 26, 2009  
Anonymous Emily said...

Congrats - I can't wait to check out your book! Do you have an update on Brandon's pizza joint?

9:22 AM, March 26, 2009  
Anonymous Kelly said...

Molly, the book is so dear, I'm just skimming to get a feel for it and savoring the knowing that I can dive in later! I am barely sure what a blog is, but I read Orangette devoutly. My kitchen is where I can be found, ask my kids (even one named Molly!) and their friends, and you are frequently there with me. By the way...does Brandon have a dad? (more in my age group I'm sure)

1:33 PM, March 26, 2009  
Blogger Kelley said...

I'm comment number 110?? Crazy! You've become quite the hit, like a local celebrity. Well, I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Kelley and I'm your friendly neighbor from the North (83rd and 3rd ave W. to be exact) that loves good food just as much as you do. Can't wait to visit Delancey and get my pizza fix! Nice job on the blog and hope to see you soon.

1:58 PM, March 26, 2009  
Blogger charlene said...

I just picked up your book. I am looking forward to reading about life and food. What more could one ask for?!

3:59 PM, March 26, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

come to austin!!

5:42 PM, March 26, 2009  
Blogger Melissa said...

I'm new to your blog and just picked up my copy of the book at B&N! Can't wait to crack the cover on it!

7:16 PM, March 26, 2009  
Blogger jbeach said...

Saw you in NYC at Idlewild. Great reading! You were so calm and composed and charming. Love the book! I plan to make every recipe!
Here's my little homage to you...

6:32 AM, March 27, 2009  
Blogger Joanna said...

So sad that I missed your visit to the Bay Area (traveling for work too).
I'm not sure if you have seen this?

You're even making waves across the sea! The article comes from the Times of London. Congrats on getting the acclaim you deserve!

10:41 AM, March 27, 2009  
Blogger Kelsey said...

Great pics of the DC metro! Congratulations, Molly!

11:06 AM, March 27, 2009  
Anonymous Laura said...

Hi Molly,

I really enjoyed your gathering at Ceiba. You told me your favorite recipe in the book was the banana bread, so I turned there first. And wow. I've had a lot of banana bread in my day, but that was something else. It's nearly impossible to have only one slice. I had no idea the banana-ginger-chocolate flavor combination would be so interesting and satisfying. All of that to say, thank you! I am really looking forward to the rest of your book.


11:09 AM, March 27, 2009  
Anonymous Thimbleina said...

I have heard so much about your book on other blogs and I put it on my Amazon wish list. I have come today to order it from Amazon UK and they aren't doing it, hope it comes into stock again (I'm sure I saw it available) so that I can read it.

12:59 PM, March 27, 2009  
Anonymous Dana said...

Oh, I'm so excited....we are starting a book club (nurses that I work with) and I suggested your book as our first read! I just heard that it has been picked, and we may come to the Palace Ballroom after. How great is that?

4:53 PM, March 27, 2009  
Blogger denise said...

i'm going to cook up some koshary too. it looks so odd, yet enticing.

6:18 PM, March 27, 2009  
Blogger Work said...

I just finished your book, (having never read your blog), and I loved loved loved it. I read it every spare moment I've had in the last three days. I laughed and cried and smiled all the way through. Food tastes even better... I'm hugging my husband a little tighter...
Thank you.
Now I'm off to make banana bread-

8:26 PM, March 27, 2009  
Blogger agathafrye said...

Yet another comment to tell you how marvelous you are. Let me know where you ended up eating in Olympia, and what you thought. Maybe Brandon's next restaurant can be in Olympia after the first one becomes a smashing success- we really need some good food here! Also, a reminder- Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table by Sara Roahen. I really think you two should probably be friends. Thanks again for your wonderful visit- both you and Brandon are the bomb. Your fan, Kelsey

9:18 PM, March 27, 2009  
Anonymous Chilli said...

I have been an avid reader of this blog for a long time. You write with skill that I've only seen in my favourite authors. This is why I return often. The prose is as wonderful as the recipes.
I would have loved to see you in person at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. That I couldn't was my loss. I wish you luck as you continue on this wonderful journey and can only hope for myself that you continue to write for a long time to come, so I can continue to read :)

9:49 PM, March 27, 2009  
Blogger Tiffanie said...

bought your book after it was recommended on Soule Mama's blog. got it in the mail last night and read 100 pages before i even realized. beautiful!
thanks for sharing You.

4:57 PM, March 29, 2009  
Anonymous AmyBeth said...

Just finished your book 5 minutes ago. Awesome. I bought it a week or so ago to commemorate - if that's the right word - the 15th anniversary of my Dad's death. I had quickly scanned the inside cover and it mentioned your Dad, and how you started on this journey and as I flipped through the book it just seemed right - and it was.
I've only tried one recipe - the banana bread with ginger and chocolate. I had posted it on my Facebook status that I was reading your book and thinking of trying that recipe and one of our friends commented that he wanted to try it. So I slipped him a large slab of it wrapped in plastic before the service at church this morning and then as I left to go home afterwards, I saw him and his wife gobbling it up in the car before they even left the parking lot. :) Thanks so much for all you put into that book. Looking forward to making many of them part of our family's repertoire.

6:30 PM, March 29, 2009  
Blogger Katie W said...

Hi Molly,

I love your book, and I love your blog. Simple as that. I feel fortunate to live in a time when blogging has made incredible talents like you accessible to the rest of us. I am inspired by your willingness to stick with what you love, knowing that the food is what you always come back to. I can only hope that you keep sharing your words (and recipes!) with us.

8:31 PM, March 29, 2009  
Anonymous Shelley said...

Just finished your book on my kindle last night. I've been cooking alot, due to all the new & interesting recipes in there.The cornbread is to die for (& that says a lot coming from a Southerner)& the ratatouille is a good one too. I put it on a homemade pizza! I used to make a chocolate cake, like the one at the end of your book, when I was a restaurant chef. UR right, it's super easy & tastes great. I didn't have to make 20 for a wedding but for the restaurant guests.Loved the book! Great job!

6:07 AM, March 30, 2009  
Blogger Cate said...

molly, i am so sad i had to miss your new york events. next time you're in town, you should have another -- i bet there are plenty of people here who still want to meet you! congratulations on this. it's just fantastic.

10:16 AM, March 30, 2009  
Anonymous Shannon (The Daily Balance) said...

#1 - congrats on your book!

#2 - I just found your blog and I LOVE it!

Just wanted to say hi.

I recently started a blog of my own, you should check it out sometime!

11:43 AM, March 30, 2009  
OpenID onlinepastrychef said...

Oh, wow! Huge congratulations to you and wishes for Big Old Success with the book! Sounds like the tour was crazily successful; that is fantastic.

And, honestly, when I saw the first picture of the clouds out of the plane window, I thought to myself, "That looks like a giant thumb print!"

2:40 PM, March 30, 2009  
Blogger Bobbie said...

Congratulations on your first book tour (and book!).

If you'd like a role model for blogger-book-writing and book-touring, check out the Yarn Harlot, http://www.yarnharlot.ca, a knitting blogger. One of her trademarks is photos of people holding the sock she's currently knitting -- the more famous/unlikely the person, the better. She also photographs the crowds who come to hear her, with, of course, The Sock in the foreground of each picture. She's worthy of emulating.

8:08 PM, March 30, 2009  
Anonymous jaybtee said...

Molly, thank you for sharing. What a wonderful and beautiful book. It inspired me, made me hungry and made me call my dad to tell him how much I love him.

9:21 PM, March 30, 2009  
Blogger Giff said...

I had to miss you in New York due to baby arrival, but I'm glad you've enjoyed the book tour. You deserve your success. It's a wonderful book.

8:33 AM, March 31, 2009  
Blogger Larisa said...

I am on page 236 - traveling in France with you and your mom.

Love your schedule of "eat, walk, eat, walk, window shop." Have you ever thought of leading an eating tour through Paris? If so, count me in!!!

9:28 PM, March 31, 2009  
Blogger Tiffanie said...

just finished your book, and i'm not done! good thing you write a blog (which i hadn't found, avant-book). i wrote a ringing endorsement of it on my food blog, but wanted to share with you that i think the best thing i got from A Homemade Life is the excuse to eat chocolate with my bread. thanks! my life is better for it. : )
hope to see you in SF in a couple weeks.

11:18 AM, April 02, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved your book! I can tell that it will take its place beside Laurie Colwin's books as a cookbook I cannot live without. I found your blog last year sometime and I still remember, salivating, being inspired and making the delicious kale in chicken broth served with a fried egg and good toast. Best of luck. I hope you come to Atlanta sometime - and that I can go, if you do.


7:48 AM, April 03, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sent you a comment a bit ago- and then saw it on my spell check -lot of good *it* did- It said I am going to make your cake with my Grand daughtery! I hope you know I mean Grand daughter. She is 9 and was noticing when I was reading your book- she liked your picture- now that I am going over old blogs - I have to add- I too love Six Feet Under, David Byrne, salads and foood food food. Thanks for this fantastic ride and BTW, I am not going to spell check - he is a spazz. (Also I just click anonymous because I never remember my google info. Charr

11:48 AM, April 07, 2009  
Blogger Kasey said...

Molly, it was so nice to meet you this weekend in San Francisco. I just started reading your book and am loving it so far. I can't wait to make your mom's berry pound cake.

9:54 AM, April 20, 2009  
Blogger Molly said...

Thank you for coming to Omnivore, Kasey! So nice to meet you. And since you mentioned that pound cake, I wanted to make sure to point out a typo that sneaked into that recipe in the first printing of the book. It has to do with the butter measurement, and here's the lowdown: the amount of butter should be 2 ½ sticks (10 ounces), not 2 ½ cups. The typo has been corrected in recent printings, so if your book says 2 ½ sticks, you're fine. But in case your book is from the first printing, I wanted to be sure to give you a heads-up...

9:51 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Susan said...

Molly, Your book is truly special. I finished it this afternoon---in awe of your ability to connect with a reader. Please start planning the next one. You are a rare woman--and so talented.

My daughter in law is a Casady grad--and told me about you. I am so grateful to her.

12:45 PM, May 02, 2009  

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