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What a kick

[Update: New Yorkers, please see below for information about a second event - just added! - at Idlewild Books on March 19.]

Hi, all.

I can’t stay for long today, but I had to stop in for a minute. I just had to thank you for all of your hugely kind comments and e-mails about the book. I’m not so good at replying right now, but please know that I read every one, and that you have made my day many times over. This whole book thing feels completely crazy, really. It feels as though I’ve been given a bit part on some flashy, fancy TV show - maybe I’m a murder victim on the autopsy table on CSI: NY, let’s say - and even though I’m only on screen for 20 seconds, probably with bad makeup and a huge, gaping chest wound that makes everyone wince and cover their eyes, what a kick it is, an absolute kick, to be there at all.

I just wish that I could make it go by a little less quickly. I’ve got to figure out how to slow down my brain. On the other hand, I’ve also got to figure out how to speed up my dishwashing technique. Two days ago, on Saturday, I was still washing dishes from last Tuesday.

Oh well.

I’m getting on a plane tomorrow, and here’s a list of where I’m headed. If you’re anywhere nearby, please come say hello. I would love to meet you. I know I’ve said it before, but I wasn’t kidding: to me, that’s the best part of this whole thing.

This week:

Capitola, CA
March 10, 7:30 pm
Capitola Book Cafe
Free event, open to the public

San Francisco, CA
March 11, 6:00 pm
Book Passage (Ferry Plaza)
Free event, open to the public

Oklahoma City, OK
March 14, 2:00 pm
Full Circle Bookstore
Free event, open to the public

And next week:

The March 16 event at Ceiba in Washington, DC is now full. There were a huge number of RSVPs, far more than I expected, and there just isn’t enough physical space in the room to accommodate everyone. I’m so sorry about that.

But, on the upside, we have scheduled a second DC event:

Washington, DC
March 17, 12:30 pm
1801 K Street NW
Free event, open to the public

And for those of you in New York, please note that due to large numbers at last week’s events in Seattle and Portland (thank you!), Idlewild Books is now asking that you RSVP if you plan to attend:

New York, NY
March 18, 7:00 pm
Idlewild Books
Free event, open to the public, but please RSVP to: events@idlewildbooks.com

Update: Due to demand, we have added a second(!) event at Idlewild Books in New York:

New York, NY
March 19, 7:00 pm
Idlewild Books
Free event, open to the public, but please RSVP to: events@idlewildbooks.com

See you out there.


Blogger Gemma said...

And after all these places you're flying to London to do a signing? Oh well, I can always dream. Have fun on the tour.

3:20 PM, March 09, 2009  
Blogger Lady P said...

I know that many have asked - but I missed your book signing in the U District last week - can't we local peeps have a repeat performance with you -pretty please? we'll smile real nice and maybe even bake you something....

3:21 PM, March 09, 2009  
Blogger Molly said...

I wish, Gemma! Oh, do I wish...

And Lady P, you can most certainly have a repeat performance, yes! I'll be in Olympia on March 27, and then at Third Place Books on April 3 and Palace Ballroom (with several other local food writers) on April 28. Click over here for all the nitty-gritties.

3:30 PM, March 09, 2009  
Blogger Alison K. said...

Greetings from a fellow Ballardite and pleased to make your acquaintaince. On Friday night some friends raved about your book and told me about the blog. Had to order the book from Amazon because it's already sold out locally, so I hungrily visited your blog. I was inspired by your post about the butter in Marcella Hazen's tomato sauce recipe. Butter (used to)gets such a bad rap, but we could all use more it in our lives. The upshot for me was I was motivated to kick my creative writer's block and try blogging myself - this technophobe's equivalent of going hog-wild with butter. And when the snow started falling this morning in Ballard, I could think of nothing tastier than your broccoli soup and sweet potato cake. So enjoy the ride, thanks for the inspiration and I look forward to visiting your blog and new restaurant often.

3:34 PM, March 09, 2009  
Anonymous Rose said...

I'll have to make it to your second DC book signing. Your book just showed up in the mail :)

3:36 PM, March 09, 2009  
Blogger Kristina said...

I can't wait to get my paws on your book! Lovely photos, too.

3:40 PM, March 09, 2009  
Blogger Alisha said...

I used to live in OKC and loved Full Circle Books. I wish I were still there so I could meet you. Have fun on the tour!

3:41 PM, March 09, 2009  
Anonymous mariana said...

and in portugal, when do you stop by?? I already bought your book trought amazon, that's the only way I can have it. I'll post it when I get him. Thanks for all the good recepies.

3:46 PM, March 09, 2009  
Blogger debbie said...

it was so nice to put a face to your blog! i was so embarrassed when you signed my book at powell's (mumbled something dumb about your rice pudding). anyway, you're very sweet and i can't wait to read every page.

happy monday!

3:50 PM, March 09, 2009  
Anonymous amystery said...

want to come visit some long time readers up here in alaska? ah, well we will keep dreaming and baking :) have a great ride on this whirlwind...

3:54 PM, March 09, 2009  
Anonymous Victoria said...

The book is wonderful. It made me cry. It made me laugh. Oh, and did I mention it made me cry? Jeez. I had to give up mascara for a week.

It arrived on a Monday, and I read it as s-l-o-w-l-y as I could to make it last as l--o--n--g as I could. But, alas, I finished it way too quickly.

So I'm just going to start it again.


3:58 PM, March 09, 2009  
Anonymous Poppy said...

I went to your reading in Seattle with my friend Lorna. We both thought it was fabulous. You handled it all so gracefully. I hope your other readings go as well.

4:14 PM, March 09, 2009  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Oh my goodness, seriously, one of the most moving food books I have ever read. It was wonderful - I was so sad for it to be over that I, like Victoria, have started it over. Congratulations!

4:21 PM, March 09, 2009  
Blogger Stuff I Bought said...

With all the traveling you are doing, you should get a private plane. And of course, you'll have to call it the Oranjette.

4:22 PM, March 09, 2009  
Anonymous beyond said...

oh man. i can't believe i could walk to idlewild books in a few minutes. but i will still be in europe on march 18th. maybe next time...

4:37 PM, March 09, 2009  
Blogger Hannah said...

hi Molly
I'm going to your NYC event...I'm so excited, even though I'll probably be the only teenager there...eee!!! I can't wait!
again, congratualtions. very selfishly, I miss getting a recipe to brighten the Monday night homework load. oh well.

5:07 PM, March 09, 2009  
Blogger Me said...

Hi Molly,
I am visiting Portland, OR this week for the first time ever and arrived today and stopped first to eat a huge slice of pizza at Rocco's across from Powell's. Imagine my delight when I looked out the pizza shop window and saw your name on the marquee above the bookstore! I like the way life works sometimes, bringing the far corners of the universe together in charming coincidences like this. I wish I'd been here yesterday for your signing, but best of luck and I hope you enjoy it all. Nice to "see" you here.

5:22 PM, March 09, 2009  
Blogger jbeach said...

Keep having fun! Can't wait for your visit to NYC!

5:36 PM, March 09, 2009  
Blogger Lael said...

Molly, I wish you the very best in this crazy and memorable time. Soak it all in; it's well earned.

Just tried your nutmeg doughnut muffins last week and couldn't help blogging about them. Absolutely delicious.

I can't wait to see what is in your book! My birthday is coming in April, and it is on the top of my list.

6:00 PM, March 09, 2009  
Blogger Karen said...

Wish I lived close enough to come to a book signing, but my copy did arrive from Amazon, and I stayed awake long enough to read over 50 pages last night! Typically, I get through 3-10 pages before I nod off, so that is an indication of how much I am already enjoying your book. Congratulations, and enjoy every minute of this wonderful experience.

6:13 PM, March 09, 2009  
Blogger Amanda Nicole said...

Maybe next time you'll hop the border and come visit us here in Vancouver! We'd love to have you.

6:46 PM, March 09, 2009  
OpenID fiveflowers said...

Hi! I live in santa cruz, and so I am going to try to make it to the book cafe signing tomorrow! I am so excited! xxoo I can't wait to get my paws on that book!

6:50 PM, March 09, 2009  
Blogger Judy said...

Good Luck Molly, I wish Denver was on the list.

7:05 PM, March 09, 2009  
Blogger Clare said...


Your book is a perfect extension of all of the gorgeous writing from this site, and I loved every single page.

I was so moved by all your stories, particularly the ones involving Burg. My father died 6 months ago, and I am still processing the very complicated emotions associated with that. I haven't actually cried a lot....that is, until your book. I bawled my way through a lot of it.
Thank you for that. And thank you for coming back here every week and sharing your life, (and recipes.)


PS- As a fellow Seattle resident, I am so bummed to have missed you at your signing, and then AGAIN in Portland this past weekend when my husband and I were there visiting!! I am aiming to make it to the Palace Ballroom event where I can see both you and the fabulous Shauna!

7:13 PM, March 09, 2009  
Blogger Christine said...

Hi, Molly! I was so happy to make it to your book signing in Portland. It was wonderful and very inspiring to hear you speak about your experience and to read from the book! Congratulations!

7:20 PM, March 09, 2009  
Blogger lea said...

i wish! i have class during the second d.c. signing. maybe i'll skip. shhh!

7:46 PM, March 09, 2009  
Blogger Tania said...

I plan on seeing you at the Ferry Plaza--can't wait!!

8:14 PM, March 09, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Molly, I have just ordered your book from Amazon and I'm from Sydney Australia! I don't think it will go by too quickly - you still have the world to conquer, not just the States. And I'm sure it will happen. All the best. Lisa

8:44 PM, March 09, 2009  
Blogger A Day That Is Dessert said...

I love the book Molly! So does my six year old, Abbott. And last night I read Sunset's nice mention about you. Have a great road trip!

9:00 PM, March 09, 2009  
OpenID bevw said...

Well, if you make it north to Toronto, I'll definitely be there. :) Congrats on the book.

9:17 PM, March 09, 2009  
Anonymous sandra said...

have lots of fun! hope you get great food in every place :)

12:54 AM, March 10, 2009  
Blogger Samarahuel said...

So, no Germany appearance? ;)

12:58 AM, March 10, 2009  
Blogger Grace said...

I'm excited to see you in San Francisco on Wednesday. My schedule has neatly fallen into place to make it possible. Book Passage has a display of your book behind the counter. I hope we all fit into the pocket bookstore and lobby.

1:27 AM, March 10, 2009  
Blogger Meenal Mehta said...

Good luck Molly, this is fantastic..happy for you

3:54 AM, March 10, 2009  
Blogger teryll said...

Just finished the book last night after midnight. I tried to make it last as long as I could.....it was a thoroughly wonderful read! I made the banana bread over the weekend too, yum, yum. I have intentions to make that chocolate cake this weekend. Thanks for continuing to inspire me to do what I love!

6:15 AM, March 10, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I wish you were coming to Portland, Maine! Have fun on the journey...

6:16 AM, March 10, 2009  
Blogger un bel oiseau said...

Molly, your work is incredibly inspiring...I can only hope to touch a fraction of the people you have and live such a fulfilled life doing and eating what you love! Thank you!

6:18 AM, March 10, 2009  
OpenID mrstwigg said...

Molly, I devoured your book in two days. It's fantastic. I reorganized my lunch break so I could dash to the book store.

I've already made two yogurt cakes (and brought it to my french co-worker who has never had it in her life, French Canadian.) My daughter (6) loves the cake. Maybe, it will become the new home comfort cake in our home and inspire new stories. I also made
Chana Masala. There is a macaroon making party on Friday night.

When I made the two dishes, I told my husband the story behind them. Which might get annoying over time, but he's pretty swell. Thanks for sharing your talents. Happy book touring!

6:53 AM, March 10, 2009  
Blogger Paige said...

I was so sad to have had to miss your Seattle debut, but I plan on being there when you return!
Also, I featured you on my little blog yesterday: http://www.swoonworthyblog.blogspot.com
Just thought you should know!

- Paige

6:53 AM, March 10, 2009  
Blogger City Girl said...

I work a couple of blocks from the Borders you will be at :) I was so sad I would miss the Ceiba event, but now there's a good chance I can make it to one of your events :) I will post about it on my blog too.

6:59 AM, March 10, 2009  
Blogger caroline said...

Oh, I am so sad-- I work in DC but will be on travel next week. Please come back again!

7:06 AM, March 10, 2009  
Blogger Melanie said...

Oh, wow--the book is 115 on the Amazon bestseller list! That is incredible!!

7:08 AM, March 10, 2009  
Blogger Chelsea said...

I'm sure this is only the beginning;) I'll see you tomorrow, yay!

7:19 AM, March 10, 2009  
Anonymous sarah k. said...

i just RSVPed for the NYC event! how exciting.

btw, i saw your photo/article in People magazine. very cool! :)

7:23 AM, March 10, 2009  
Blogger I Heart Kale said...

I'm so excited to go to your SF reading tomorrow!

8:18 AM, March 10, 2009  
Blogger lynette said...

Absolutely delightful to meet you in Portland - and glad we could lay eyes on Brandon too!!! Will finish off a double batch of your dad's rice pudding today. I can't decide if I liked it better warm or cold. Looks like another batch is in order. Best of luck with the rest of your travels!

Hood River, OR

8:46 AM, March 10, 2009  
Blogger Karli said...

It was a pleasure meeting you in Portland! Karli

9:03 AM, March 10, 2009  
Anonymous amber said...

Hi Molly! I'm new to your blog...just got an email from Full Circle Bookstore about your book signing in OKC. I have to admit I haven't been this excited about a book signing from a native Oklahoman in a long time. Your blog is beautiful and I look forward to checkin' out your book. Cheers!

9:20 AM, March 10, 2009  
Anonymous Erin said...

Enjoy every second, the book is wonderful!

10:06 AM, March 10, 2009  
Blogger Wesley Jeanne said...

Enjoy every moment. You deserve it. I am new to your blog but spent the past weekend soaking up your book--which is exactly the right description. Your writing is so very lovely I felt like I was taking a luxurious bath in your words.
If you ever make it to North Carolina, please let me know.

10:21 AM, March 10, 2009  
Blogger rebecca said...

Thank you for a lovely event at Powell's last Friday. I'm sorry I didn't get to say hello, but my group, including the 2.5 year old who talked all the way through your reading, had to get something to eat. That's a good excuse, right?

Enjoy all of this. You're doing great!

10:38 AM, March 10, 2009  
OpenID thecatskillkiwi said...

Hi Molly, I finished your book in 3 days and that's only because i actually had other stuff to do!
Very inspiring, great recipes. I have your banana bread in the oven right now.

10:46 AM, March 10, 2009  
Blogger Katie said...

My copy of the book just came...I'm so sad I can't make it to a signing! Have fun, though. I'm looking forward to delving in, myself.

11:53 AM, March 10, 2009  
Anonymous sheri said...

Hi Molly,
I'm new to your site. I first read your writing in Bon Appetit. I ripped out your article on souffle to show my mom what I considered to be an example of great writing--funny, but not over the top. I saved it for several months, since she lives in another state. When she came to visit, I fished it out and read it to her and we laughed out loud together.
I'm going through your past posts a little at a time to savor each one. If my family sees me sitting with my laptop, smiling at the screen, rest assured I'm reading Orangette.

12:50 PM, March 10, 2009  
Blogger Nina said...

I was so hoping you'd do an Oklahoma book signing, but it is the first day of Spring Break and we are heading out of town! I am so disappointed.

1:08 PM, March 10, 2009  
Anonymous Miss B. said...

Congrats! Have happy travels and good times. I can't wait to sit down and read your book!

1:24 PM, March 10, 2009  
Blogger Brit said...

Seeing the schedule for the Full Circle signing was almost as good as All-Clad for Christmas... This native Okie, SF Bay transplant is so excited to home this weekend! Can't wait to get my hands on that book...

1:45 PM, March 10, 2009  
Anonymous Hillary said...

Enjoy the travelling! And please please, do consider Chicago! :)

2:12 PM, March 10, 2009  
Blogger jcupcakes said...

the event in portland was great - i left inspired, and i went home and made the chocolate ginger banana bread, which i've been sharing with friends... although i kind of wish i would have kept the whole loaf for myself.

also, i just got home from target and was flipping through people magazine while waiting to check out and i SQUEALED when i turned the page and saw a big picture and a review for your book. my friend thought i was absolutely crazy but i was just so surprised and excited for you! enjoy your time in CA :)

2:23 PM, March 10, 2009  
Blogger Aggie said...

I've been here a few times before, but not recently, I came across your exciting review in People this weekend and felt so thrilled for you!! I'm stopping by to wish you the best of luck!! Congrats on the book (going to get my copy this week!)


2:38 PM, March 10, 2009  
Anonymous yasmin said...

good luck... a very exciting time for you--i hope it all goes smoothly. perfectly! and that you relish every moment.

i've enjoyed your blog for a few months now and i really like your photography. i would love for you to check out my new blog some time: www.lesauce.typepad.com

4:22 PM, March 10, 2009  
Anonymous Danielle H. said...

Dear Molly,

It's been a long, long time since I loved a book so much I had to stop myself from gulping it down in one sitting. It was a struggle to make yours last two whole days.

I read a spot on Orangette in the Seattle PI a few weeks ago, and I've been fervently working through your archives ever since. A part of me is glad I didn't discover your charming blog four years ago--so I can greedily sit and take it all in at once. I hope I never catch up.

Congratulations, and many thanks.

4:41 PM, March 10, 2009  
Blogger Anali said...

I'm sure this list is daunting enough, but if you add more cities, I hope you add Boston or someplace near.

I'm loving the book. And it's one of those books that you love and want to speed through, but at the same time don't want it to end, so I'm savoring each chapter slowly.

4:47 PM, March 10, 2009  
Anonymous Carol Peterman said...

I am so bummed to have missed your University Book Store event. It sounds like it went great! I look forward to picking up a copy of your book and trying to make it to one of your future local events. I can relate to your head-spinning frenzy of excitement and disbelief. I am less than two weeks away from launching a new company at the International Housewares Show that my husband and I have been working on for two years! I am ecstatic and terrified all at the same time. Have a great time on your book tour.

4:56 PM, March 10, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You say you got your book deal through your blog, and yet your family owns 5 restaurants. The world runs on connections, but I think it's maybe a tad bit unfair to tell idealistic people wanting to break into publishing in your FAQ to just blog and write on bar napkins and cross their fingers. Don't get me wrong, though; connections are great. They're reality in virtually every sphere of life.

5:04 PM, March 10, 2009  
Blogger Michele said...

I now know that I am not the only Boston Food Blogger to continue to wish to you a great trip and to keep our fingers crossed that you can make it to our neck of the foodie world. Your book is just lovely and full of the wonderful thoughts and recipes that are your hallmark. Best of luck on the experience.

6:12 PM, March 10, 2009  
Blogger *gemmifer* said...

Molly, I know you must be hearing this from everyone, but I LOVE your book! I just started reading it today and had trouble putting it down to go about my day.

Although I do enjoy baking I'm not a big fan of cooking, only eating :) I'm a lifelong foodie from a family of foodies; most every conversation with my father turns to at least one detailed recounting of some recent meal one of us had!

Your wonderful memoir really brings your dishes to life. Even the recipes are fun to read--they almost make me want to start cooking!

Congratulations on a wonderful publication!

6:47 PM, March 10, 2009  
Blogger Erin said...

Safe travels, Molly! I am waiting for the book to arrive from Amazon. V. exciting stuff. :D

7:11 PM, March 10, 2009  
Blogger leorabakes said...

I bought your book at your reading/signing at the University Bookstore. It sat on my bedside table for a week. How silly was I?? I started it last night and absolutely could not put it down. It's fantastic. I'm exhausted today but am just going to have to deal until I finish it. And then I get to start on the recipes! Thanks for writing such a beautiful book. I'm already looking forward to your next one ;-).

8:17 PM, March 10, 2009  
OpenID danazia said...

Congratulations! I just ordered mine at our local bookstore. I am very excited to read it! I want to be you when I grow up. Coming to Oregon?
Dana Zia

10:04 PM, March 10, 2009  
Blogger Giff said...

Hoping to hear your book reading when you swing into NYC. Congrats on the success - I just noticed you are #123 on Amazon!

9:05 AM, March 11, 2009  
Blogger Anna said...

I just got my book last night and I absolutely love it. It's the perfect blend of food writing and delicious sounding recipes. I'm only a few pages in, but I'm looking forward to making the pound cake this weekend. A bit of wishful summer thinking in this cold and bleary Chicago spring weather. Speaking of which...any plans to stop by Chicago sometime along the tour? I know many people that would love to come!

9:19 AM, March 11, 2009  
Blogger mattatouille said...

aw sad..you're not coming to LA for a booksigning. if you do, please let me know!

10:13 AM, March 11, 2009  
Blogger Katie said...

I wish I could read your book a little less quickly...I don't want it to end! Congratulations on your much deserved successes. I do hope you'll come down to San Diego for an appearance sometime.

10:23 AM, March 11, 2009  
Blogger Molly said...

Hello from San Francisco, everyone! This is such a strange, wild ride, and I can't thank you enough for all of your kind words here. Seriously. Thank you.

Anonymous, I wish I could tell you that the fact that my brother owns restaurants meant that I had an easy "in"(!) to food-related publishing, but that is unfortunately not the case. I have never used his name or his work to further my writing, and he may know how to run a restaurant, but he knows nothing about, and no one in, publishing. (In fact, if he reads this, he will chuckle at the suggestion that he would be so powerful!) He has been a great sounding board for me and Brandon as we work on opening our restaurant, but when it comes to my writing, there's really no "connection" there.

11:00 AM, March 11, 2009  
Anonymous unconfidentialcook said...

Your book is wonderful--congratulations!

1:00 PM, March 11, 2009  
Blogger Tastebud Tart said...

Congrats on all the success with the book! It must be so very exciting... and slightly exhausting!
I am in the middle of reading my copy and absolutely love it! It makes me want to buy some good bread, stuff it with chocolate and enjoy it with my 3 year-old little guy (who coincidentally adores bread + chocolate). :-)
In fact, I am so entranced with your book, that I blogged about it myself today (tastebudtart.com)

So, best of luck and much continued success! We'd love to see you in Minneapolis...maybe once the temps rise?


1:23 PM, March 11, 2009  
Blogger lillie said...

So excited to buy a copy! Just must get myself to my local indy bookstore. I wish/hope you are coming to Los Angeles!!

2:41 PM, March 11, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


made the Schrafft's Butterscotch cookies last night as I was gettinfg prepared to finally meet you tonight---they were a huge hit-especially with my mom who once worked there. So looking forward to your reading tonight in SF!


2:47 PM, March 11, 2009  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Love your blog and book. New to the blogging world and am inspired by all you share. Happy Travesl:)

3:26 PM, March 11, 2009  
Anonymous Deelish Dish said...

I got the book in the mail the other day and am tearing through it-- it's incredible! Duh.

And I just found out I missed you at the Ferry Plaza in SF tonight. I think I'm going to cry.

9:16 PM, March 11, 2009  
Blogger Piper P. said...

oh molly...so good to meet you in person today! you probably don't remember me as there were many there like me at book passage. i just wanted to thank you again for signing my books (one for me and the other for my best friend in southern california who i know will just love your book as much as i do because she and i are one and the same). you're every bit as sweet as your writing makes you out to be. we will enjoy it all! best of luck with the rest of the tour!

11:31 PM, March 11, 2009  
Blogger Julianna Barnaby said...

If you ever feel like extending your tour to Dubai you'd be made very welcome :) Congratulations and keep up the good work.

1:24 AM, March 12, 2009  
Blogger Kendall said...

I must repeat what many have already said - I've completely devoured your book. I love it and I have SO many recipes bookmarked. I've already made two of them (French-style yogurt cake and the Vanilla bean cake).

I wishwishwish you were coming down to, say, Tallahassee, Florida on your book tour. *sigh* Alas...

1:33 AM, March 12, 2009  
Anonymous Jenny said...

Molly, your book is so wonderful (if heartwrenching - I've recommended it to friends with a multiple tissue warning) and I tore through it in about two hours. I didn't get a chance to say hello after the Capitola event the other night - I had to take my swimmy head cold home to bed - but I wanted to thank you for a really lovely and articulate reading and Q&A session. I really hope I'll make it up to Portland and subsequently to the restaurant later this year - pizza! Oh, heaven!

2:30 AM, March 12, 2009  
Blogger nk said...

mm if only you could come overseas to South Africa! I would be first in line for a signature :)

7:55 AM, March 12, 2009  
Blogger denisekit said...

Hey Molly, I am loving your book! I'm still hoping you'll make it up to Bellingham -- please please please! It would be great to have you at Village Books. Or, better yet, what about a booking signing and demo of some recipes at Ciao Thyme? Now, there's a good idea!


8:56 AM, March 12, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Came to work to find your book -- a present from a dear friend -- on my desk. JOY! Have a wonderful time at your signings -- too far for me, but will be there in spirit!

10:29 AM, March 12, 2009  
Blogger Mary Casper said...

Molly you were a delight at Book Passage last night! I snapped some
pictures for those who aren't so lucky to live on your tour route. The pictures aren't as nice as yours of course, but they'll do.

happy travels!

12:36 PM, March 12, 2009  
Blogger Aran said...

I read the book in 2 days molly. i haven't done that in years. so, so beautiful. beyond words.

12:50 PM, March 12, 2009  
Blogger melanie said...

So glad I checked in and saw the new DC date - I wanted to go to Ceiba - but I can definitely make the 12:30 Borders visit. Yippee.

1:47 PM, March 12, 2009  
Blogger the grocer's daughter said...

I was at your reading at Book Passage in San Francisco the other night. You were charming and delightful. You reminded me of why I cook (even if I don't always enjoy it). I appreciate the care you put into your stories and recipes. Good luck and congratulations.

2:31 PM, March 12, 2009  
Anonymous Kristen said...

Hi Molly,

I've been enjoying your book....and Ryan has been enjoying the recipes. Last night we had a "molly dinner." We had bouchons au thon, an argula/pistachio/dried cherry salad, and to top it all off, your chocolate macaroons. Yumm! Hope you are enjoying the tour and we'll see you when you are back home again.

3:22 PM, March 12, 2009  
Anonymous Grant said...

What an exciting adventure you are living! Meeting lots of people and going to all sorts of cool places!!

3:34 PM, March 12, 2009  
Blogger M said...

Molly, I came home to find that my daughter had picked up your book for me at B&N on her way home from school today. I'd been planning on picking it up tomorrow, when my schedule wasn't so hectic.. but it was a nice surprise, and I got to sit down and check it out. I read through your acknowledgments, and into the introduction. Your writing about your memories about meal times with your family, and your dad, and stating that we never enter our kitchen's alone but bring with us our family members who influenced us, taught us, and whose memories we cherish, was just so wonderful, and it hit home with me, just how true it is. Anyway, I wanted to thank you so much for your blog, and now this wonderful cookbook, as well as being the inspiration that got my daughter interested in being more adventurous in her approach to cooking (which prior to this had essentially been microwaving frozen things, and ramen and udon soup bowls. I look forward to reading the rest of it and trying out the many recipes within it.

4:53 PM, March 12, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just found your blog and absolutely love it! Good luck with the new book (I'm definitely going to have to pick up a copy). Also, I wanted to ask if you'd ever come across a good Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe? Thanks!

6:25 PM, March 12, 2009  
Anonymous Julianna said...

I read more than half of your book this evening(I'm a gal who typically doesn't make it through the first 50 pages of anything). I was smiling and crying at your lovely storytelling on a flight home from a business trip. One of the few times I wished for a longer plane ride. Thank you and best wishes.

7:31 PM, March 12, 2009  
Blogger pve design said...

please pop over today, I have a golden giveaway that i think you would get a kick out of.
perhaps you need it the most with all you have going on. wishing you much luck and energy!

4:06 AM, March 13, 2009  
Blogger Ina said...

Oh thank god for Amazon or I would probably have to wait months/years for your book to arrive in Norway....

I love your writings in Bon Appetit, its the first thing I read when that precious magazine hits my mailbox. Always inspiring, never daunting, your words remind me that cooking is so much more than just food.

4:41 AM, March 13, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Molly! I have two birthday parties on Saturday, but I am going to try my best to make it by Full Circle for your book signing. Congrats, congrats, congrats! If I don't make it, I am sure to pick up a copy of your book. Can't wait to try a few recipes!!

I am also thinking I am going to have to make a special trip out to Seattle once Delancey opens. I have a real affinity for pizza, or more like an addiction. It's our Friday night ritual. Our current obsession is prosciutto, spinach, matt's homemade sauce and this amazing mozzarella di bufala campana that we buy at crescent. it's delicious and although it's quite pricey, i haven't found good quality mozzarella anywhere else in OKC. We actually love above pizza so much we can't even venture out to try others because are too afraid of disapointment. IT WILL CHANGE YORU LIFE!
-Emily Blaschke

8:53 AM, March 13, 2009  
Anonymous cookingschoolconfidential.comw said...

What a busy schedule. And I thought mine was nuts. Still, I will try and take some time off school assuming we're not doing anything critical (how ironic - I go to culinary school!).


2:13 PM, March 13, 2009  
Blogger M said...

On my way home today, I picked up a few of the ingredients I was missing to make Molly's chocolate cupcakes for my daughter's Latin class study session.

4:05 PM, March 13, 2009  
Blogger Bill said...

You deserve it all.

Fondest regards,

4:28 PM, March 13, 2009  
Blogger Christina said...

I love your book Molly. Just started reading it.

6:24 PM, March 13, 2009  
Anonymous liz said...

Congrats! I just bought your book this evening & I'm looking forward to settling down with it this weekend. I am a new, but huge fan of your blog (I love your writing style). I have finally broken away from 3 meals a day of prepackaged awfulness. It's a slow start, but I am getting there...best of luck to you!

8:20 PM, March 13, 2009  
Blogger stephanie* said...

But what of us here in the middle? Chicago awaits you! I also want to say I haven't enjoyed a book about food this much since the time I found a used copy of MFK Fisher's An Alphabet for Gourmets!

9:29 AM, March 14, 2009  
Blogger cottonjens said...

I recently discovered your blog and it's very enjoyable. This dutch site helps me slow things down and be myself - www.thebecompany.com. enjoy your first book tour.

11:59 AM, March 14, 2009  
Blogger Cecilia said...

Thank you so much for making a stop in Oklahoma City this afternoon! It was such a joy meeting you and hearing you speak. What a great way to start my Spring Break!

By the way, loved your shoes.

5:44 PM, March 14, 2009  
Blogger Helene said...

Congratulations! Are you coming to Canada?

1:16 PM, March 15, 2009  
Blogger The Public Sector said...

The very best of luck with the book. Another British fan here, and look forward to seeing the book on the shelves of Borders in London before long. Its a crowded cook book market over here, with one too many celebrity chefs. But there is a move to more back-to-basics cookery now that the recession is on - and I am sure you will capitalise on this very well indeed!

2:09 PM, March 15, 2009  
Anonymous Liberty said...


I just finished your book in 2 days and it was the one book I've been able to finish in the last few months. I will definitely be recommending it to friends, those who cook and those who don't. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and life with us. I've loved Paris and Seattle for a long time and just discovered Bellingham last year, but I am now more anxious then ever to see them all again. Best of luck with everything.

4:25 PM, March 15, 2009  
Blogger My Two Cookies said...

Hey Molly ti appears that it has worked for you and I am glad. My oldest daughter turned me onto your blog and my youngest went to your singing in Portland OR. I am waiting for your book to return to Maine with her. After reading your comments I would say that it does not matter how you got here with or without connections you have done it. I will save the congrats until I read your book. Safe travels
Pam Elliott

5:39 PM, March 15, 2009  
Blogger red ticking said...

i have just discovered your wonderful blog... i love it... will rtn soon...

7:45 PM, March 15, 2009  
Blogger reya said...

Molly, just ordered your book and now waiting (impatiently) for its arrival.
Any chance you'll be having a book signing in Amsterdam?

8:27 AM, March 16, 2009  
Anonymous CCK said...

Just got your book over the weekend and can't put it down. Def. not good to read it if you are at all hungry and if you have a sweet tooth. I am going to have to make sure that when I start making your sweets that I sample some and then give the rest away - tough with bathing suit season around the corner!!

8:57 AM, March 16, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, I keep thinking this so I just have to ask... are you going to have a kid? I ask only because I can think of nothing so wonderful as growing up in your kitchen.

9:16 AM, March 16, 2009  
Blogger Hillory Oakes said...

Hi, Molly: You may or not remember me (a poetry liaison at OSAI, second cousin of Josh Sepkowitz, who I believe was a prom date of yours), but I've been following your blog since I first saw one of your articles in Bon Appetit. I was just in San Francisco this past week for a conference--flew in the same day as your reading but only now saw the post about it: damn! Congratulations on the book and all of your success...and for all of the great recipes along the way. Best, Hillory Oakes

9:17 AM, March 16, 2009  
Blogger katy ryan said...

Hi, Molly --

Just wanted to drop in and say that I picked up your book on Saturday and had it finished last night. What a superbly written work of art! I laughed, I cried, I became very, very hungry. I already have plans to test out the Winning Hearts and Minds cake this weekend, and am wondering how it will pair up with vanilla and cracked black pepper ice cream. Thank you for letting us peek into such a fascinating life, and for giving me an arsenal of mouth-watering recipes. Best of luck on your book tour!!


10:01 AM, March 16, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just ordered your book on Amazon..Cannot wait for it.
SO happy that your dream came true and that you can share it with us...


10:35 AM, March 16, 2009  
Blogger Nicole said...

I just love the book cover. Great photo. I will have to check it out. You must be so proud. I cannot imagine how wonderful it would be to have a book published!

1:14 PM, March 16, 2009  
Blogger foodie 925 said...

Hi Molly. Loved your reading at the book signing at Book Passage in SF. I'm the reader who likened you to Laurie Colwin and who said your relationship with your dad was like mine. (You looked fabulous that day, by the way.) And now today I read your wine article in the brand-new Town and Country magazine. You are on a roll, girl! Congratulations. Barbra(Foodie925@aol.com)

7:34 PM, March 16, 2009  
Anonymous Jacqueline said...

Your book just arrived in the mail!
I am in the nearing the end of my school semester and have hundreds of pages i should be reading..
and yet..
all i care to do is read your book!
thank you molly!!!!

8:18 PM, March 16, 2009  
Blogger Carole said...

I just found your blog a couple of weeks ago, and what a treat! Your way of expressing things makes me smile. Can't wait to read your book.

8:26 PM, March 16, 2009  
Blogger Michelle said...

Hi Molly,
It was so nice to meet you at Full Circle Books on Saturday. I loved the book and read it straight through without putting it down which is a first in a while for me. I imagine that things have been a whirlwind for you lately, so you probably won't remember me, but I wanted to apologize for talking too much when I first bumped into you just outside the store. I tend to do that, babble incoherently, whenever I meet someone that I admire. I did the same thing with Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips. I can't wait to try some of the recipes, especially the soup.

10:29 PM, March 16, 2009  
Blogger Toni said...

oh crud, first, I never use that word, but I missed the OKC stop! I must find your book! Thanks to a stop on Matt A's site is how I tripped over you this last weekend (virtually speaking). Love your work!

3:46 AM, March 17, 2009  
Blogger dana. said...

Hi Molly,

Thank you thank you for doing a second event in D.C.! I was so disappointed (but also, thrilled for you and your evident popularity) to miss out on the Ceiba event last night, but it was such a treat to meet you and hear you read today at Borders. I was truly taken at how well-spoken and eloquent you are, particularly when you described your love for cooking as "making tangible proof of intangible memories and feelings." I absolutely agree and just love that sentiment.

And thank you for the compliment about my blog name- I do love my bacon! (http://ladolcebacon.blogspot.com/) It's a work in progress, but I'm so glad I took your example and made that leap. Happy travels on the rest of your book tour, and thank you again for your wonderful words.

11:54 AM, March 17, 2009  
Blogger Il Fornaio said...

I already commented how much I love your book, but now that I've begun cooking from it, I love it even more. How have I lived this long without buckwheat pancakes? I think that is about to be remedied, as I am already dreaming about them again next Sunday...

12:41 PM, March 17, 2009  
Blogger Elana said...

Oh I do wish you were coming to the Boston or Cambridge area!! Have a wonderful time!

1:17 PM, March 17, 2009  
Anonymous DLAOKC said...

Molly, thanks for the Full Circle OKC book signing... All of us in the audience weren't old friends or family, but we all share a deep appreciation for your writing!

2:18 PM, March 17, 2009  
Blogger Julie said...

Literally, put your book down and am wiping my eyes and smiling. I thoroughly enjoyed every page of it--and was careful not to bend the pages as I am re-gifting it to my daughter (for whom I bought it originally and got sucked in myself) who studied in Avignon and bakes like a crazy woman. You two would be fast friends.
Enjoy every minute of your charmed life!

6:09 PM, March 17, 2009  
Blogger Astrid said...

I so wish I could come and meet you, Molly. Maybe I will, but not on this book tour. Your book is currently by my bed, and I can't wait to read more.

5:14 AM, March 18, 2009  
Anonymous Rob said...

Sorry that I missed you in San Francisco. Best of luck and come back soon!

7:47 AM, March 18, 2009  
Blogger Heather M said...

Molly, thanks again for stopping by DC. Ceiba did a fantastic job with Monday's event. It was wonderful to meet you, and to see some of your family members as well (your brother's daughter is adorable!).

I forgot to tell you that your cabbage with hot sauce has become a regular event in my kitchen! Who knew something so simple could be so satisfying. Best of luck on your remaining events. I look forward to working my way through more of your recipes very soon.

9:01 AM, March 18, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a charming read, Molly -- your new book! Keeping me company on those midnight feedings with my first little one. I'm savoring it slowly...I knew you were a kindred spirit after getting to the part about Tales of the City.

I made "Berg's Potato Salad" for dinner a night ago and it felt slightly devilish but ever so delicious.

Thanks for your truthful writing...you have such a talent!

9:38 AM, March 18, 2009  
Blogger M said...

The chocolate cupcakes were fantastic, so I made some for my daughter's Latin study group, as well as to bring in to work. Everyone loved them, including a visiting professor from Cambridge University, who stopped by the office to pick up some papers from his cubbyhole in the department. He asked me if I'd give him the recipe, for his wife, as he'd love to have them again. I didn't have it with me, but I gave him the title of the book.

10:56 AM, March 18, 2009  
Blogger Julie said...

What? No L.A.? (wimper...) But it's 78 degrees out here....and *somebody* will option your book, I'm sure....How about Drew Barrymore as Molly? She can go red...
Really. Tell them publicists you need to go to Los Angeles. We read too, you know. A few folks even cook.

4:45 PM, March 18, 2009  
Blogger mg said...

just got your book and LOVE it! You are a wonderful writer and story-teller. Thank you for sharing your life with us. Have fun with all the touring. Enjoy this moment!

5:06 PM, March 18, 2009  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I just bought your book off amazon! Can't wait till it comes :) I wish you were coming to Southern California! I would love to meet you. Congrats on your success!

5:23 PM, March 18, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just read your book and couldn't put it down -- congratulations on a fab result -- it was the best of the blog with the best of your experience distilled into an addictively fine pour. Can't wait for the next one!

9:14 PM, March 18, 2009  
Anonymous Erin said...

I've been reading your blog for about a year (though plenty of recipes posted before that have made it to my kitchen table and my cubible at work), and was so happy to hear that you'd gotten to write a book, and then so disappointed when my local bookstore didn't have it in stock last week. I can't make either of your NY appearances, so I went and bought your book yesterday - and nearly started crying on the bus on the way home!

Congratulations! Hope your tour is wonderful.

6:06 AM, March 19, 2009  
Blogger Cakespy said...

Have so much fun on your tour--it sounds whirlwind but just think of all the cool people you're going to meet!

10:05 AM, March 19, 2009  
Blogger Genevieve said...

Nice job, Molly! I just picked up your book today and can't wait to bury my nose in it, cover to cover. Happy writing!

4:04 PM, March 19, 2009  
Blogger Snap said...

I finished your delightful book this evening. I enjoyed every word and the recipes made my mouth water. My husband, Mr. Dragon, has a thing for maple syrup, too. Custard Filled Corn Bread is the first recipe I'll try followed by tomato soup with two fennels. I think tomato soup is soul food. There's nothing I like better ... well, maybe a grilled cheese sandwich to go with it? !!!!! I hope I'm still around when you write your next book in a decade or less!

6:49 PM, March 19, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous book! I love it! And this blog!
In the spirit of food blog bliss, I would also like to recommend a brand new food blog, written by Amy Scattergood, the former food writer for the L.A. Times. Full of recipes, poetry, and beautiful photography, it can be found at amyscattergood.com

8:52 AM, March 20, 2009  
Blogger Robyn said...

Can't you stay just one more week in NYC??? I am vacationing there the following week. ARG - the frustration!


9:04 AM, March 20, 2009  
Blogger Claudia said...

Sweet, sweet book with accessible recipes,and a story behind each one - stories and food are forever intertwined in my heart and mind. I believe you need to come to Minneapolis/St. Paul. The ice in the lakes are sinking (so that's a good point) and a vacation in Grand Marias (on lake Superior) would really be what you need after a whirlwind tour.

11:49 AM, March 20, 2009  
Anonymous kirsten said...

delurking to say:
I was so thrilled when I nabbed the last copy of your book at my local bookstore - I'm absolutely loving it so far. Wish you were stopping by in Boston! All best wishes!

12:20 PM, March 20, 2009  
Anonymous mariana said...


4:06 AM, March 21, 2009  
Anonymous Amber said...

HI Molly - just wanted to tell you the book is absolutely wonderful....I love reading it and the recipes just feel like an added bonus! You are really a gifted storyteller and thank you for putting your story out there for all of us to read...I'm recommending it to everyone! Hope the book tour is fun!

10:51 AM, March 21, 2009  
Blogger Deanne said...

Hi Molly,
Well after two weeks of hot cabbage I think I can leave it for a while. Thanks for the introduction to a really simple,yum dish. BTW what do you eat 'on tour'? And is Toronto on the list before July?

11:28 AM, March 21, 2009  
Anonymous Laura P said...

Just read your book on Kindle and immediately ordered the hardback from Amazon so I can have all the recipes. You are certainly a kindred spirit. Life is all about what happens between kitchen and table and the folks who share the space. Thank you for your beautiful work!

3:15 PM, March 21, 2009  
Anonymous Bridget said...

I wanted to jump at my chance to directly tell the author of a book how much I enjoy it. I've only read the intro and the first two chapters, but so far, it's wonderful. It brought tears to my eyes, plus I can't wait to try the pound cake. And I'm even willing to try adding ranch dressing to potato salad.

5:26 PM, March 21, 2009  
Blogger John-Michael said...

Great work Molly. Congrats on your book publication. Peace, John-Michael

8:33 PM, March 21, 2009  
Blogger Erin said...

Congratulations on your success! I will be buying the book soon... maybe when you come to Chicago for a signing :) The windy city would love to see you! Good luck and HAVE FUN!!!

11:09 AM, March 22, 2009  
Anonymous Boba T said...

Wow, Gr8 work in the Book and really some nice pictuers.

12:56 PM, March 22, 2009  
Blogger Beth said...

I brought your book yesterday afternoon and finished it today. I can't wait to share it with friends tomorrow at work. I only wish I had your book and knew about you last fall when I was going thru chemo-therapy. I would not have lost as much weight. Your book is fantastic & so are the recipes. Thanks for brightening up my weekend! Beth

4:55 PM, March 22, 2009  
Anonymous Through My Kitchen Window said...

Hello Molly. Congrats on your success with your blog and your new book. Wow! How exciting for you?
I have been meaning to start my own blog for years now but one thing or another has always prevented me from beginning.
Your blog has inspired me and I have now started, I am one week old, so thanks for being the tonic I needed to get going.
Keep up the great work and thanks for the inspiration!

2:54 AM, March 23, 2009  
Anonymous CCK said...

I just made your chocolate cupcakes, yum! So fluffy and chocolatey. My husband said they were like an upscale hostess cupcake, without the tell-tale squiggle of icing on top. One thing though, is that all of the cupcakes expanded while baking, making it tough to get them out of the pan- they kind of crusted around the rim of the tin. I used all of the batter and a standard sized muffin tin and now I am thinking I should only have filled them up halfway and used 2 tins. Any thoughts?

7:50 AM, March 23, 2009  
Blogger Irem said...

I am loving your book, Molly. I wonder if Saint Louis is in the plans at all.

Today I'll be attempting to place the chocolat fondant cake batter (that utterly gorgeous batter) into ramekins. My husband and I adore the cake but I always plop it somehow during the flibitty-jibbit stage.
I will also get a thermometer to see if the problem may be my oven temperature.
If you recall an Eden who once made this recipe with whole wheat flour in a far far away place in Turkey, well, that was me. ('Irem' refers to Eden in Turkish.)
Enjoy the book signings. Your book makes us connect with you at a personal level just as your blog does. You have somehow balanced the same witty, personal tone with the authoritativeness required in such books. Congratulations.

9:12 AM, March 23, 2009  
Blogger MsJess said...

I went to the reading at Ceiba in DC, it was excellent. I got to try the pink cookies (I'm not a fan of cherry flavored anything but I'd make an exception for those darlings) and aunt bill candy.

I am 4/5 done with your book. I had to laugh about your Uncle Art's technique for shredding butter int pastry dough, I did that the other week and kept patting myself on the back for my alton brown-esque cleverness.

9:30 AM, March 23, 2009  
Anonymous Devon said...

I just wanted to let you know that there are 101 holds on your book at my local (Portland, OR) library. 101! The 101st is me. Congratulations.

2:40 PM, March 23, 2009  
Blogger Corinne said...

Ed Fretwell's soup is OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!

6:54 PM, March 23, 2009  
Anonymous louise said...

made the ratatouille..heaven..its waiting for me in the frig(away for the weekend)..then made the french style yogurt cake with lemon as soon as I could settle in. I only had a muffin tin..but they are drop dead fabuous as big muffins! All the best on your tour.

8:19 PM, March 27, 2009  
Blogger Joanna Goddard said...

i'm so so so so happy for you!!!!! you deserve all of your accolades and cheers! congratulations!!!

1:48 PM, April 02, 2009  
Blogger amisha said...

how i wish i could have met you in new york! i hope you'll be back in the city soon :)
in the meantime, i have to tell you that your book was my subway companion, and my train rides seemed to go by in a flash. it is so good, molly. so damn good. i laughed out loud on the train, and a few stops later, i cried. the next day, i laughed again. and i already want to read it again. thank you.

1:25 PM, April 11, 2009  
Anonymous Amanda Crowe said...

I just recently bought Molly Wizenberg’s book A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes From My Kitchen Table and have been trying out her recipes. Do yourself a favor and buy this book. It is wonderful.

10:10 PM, April 24, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just finished your book,I loved it!but now I'm sad because I didn't want it to end ... Looking forward to more books in the future. You truely have a gift for words. Thanks for sharing.

11:19 AM, May 09, 2009  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Molly, your book is lovely! there are so many places that I can relate to your outlook on life. I also know about going somewhere just for the food experience. I have three beautiful daughters, and when they are at school and am lucky enough to have the day off, I always go somewhere just for myself to enjoy some new type of food, or cafe experience. The food, and the way the restaurant/cafe/bistro make me feel keep me coming back! The food from my childhood, most memorable by the scent that takes me back, is simply cinnamon toast made in the oven. Delightful!

Sarah in Ohio

7:27 AM, May 18, 2009  

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