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7.08.2013

This thing is on

Maybe you will remember a day, more than two years ago now, when I announced that I was writing a new book, and that, if all went according to plan, it would be out in the spring of 2013?  And then maybe you will also remember that nothing went according to plan, in ways that were hard and good-but-hard and then great and really, really great, and here we are, with no book, in July of 2013. Maybe you will join me, then, in heaving a giant sigh of relief - more than that: a great wind, a hurricane-force gust - that Delancey is not only done, donedonedone, but that it now has a cover.  A cover!  This thing is ON.



I will tell you something: the process of arriving at a book cover is, as an author, somewhat harrowing. First, you write a book. You do this by huddling over your computer for a while, alternately feeling like a Nobel laureate and something lower than a bacterium, eating a lot of peanut butter (on bread, on toast, on a spoon) and making mental lists of what you wish you were doing instead of writing. When you can’t stand your manuscript anymore but can’t think of anything else to do with it, you send it to your editor, and she edits it and sends it back, and then you revise it, and you repeat these last steps a couple more times - or three, in my latest case. Then your book goes to a copyeditor for fine-tuning, and you crack open a beer and start doing all that stuff you had wanted to do back when you were lashed to the desk, writing, and then, just when you’re starting to relax and think about filling up the kiddie pool and sitting in it all evening, you get an e-mail from your editor with a proposed cover attached.  Dun dun dun dunnnnnnn.

Before I wrote my first book, and before we opened Delancey and Essex, I was briefly a book publicist at a university publishing house. We mostly published scholarly monographs, the kind you would use in a graduate school course, and my job was primarily to drum up reviews and other media attention for them - not an easy task, and one at which I did not excel - but one tiny part of my job was also to weigh in on potential covers for our books. This usually involved me and my colleagues in the marketing department staring at a wall of mock-ups, our chins in our hands, trying to figure out which cover a) best fit the book in question, b) would be legible online when reduced to the size of a thumbnail, and c) would appeal to readers and, most importantly, sell.  Striking that balance was a tricky proposition, and that was even before the author, who would have her own very strong opinion, was consulted. Now, as the author in that equation, I feel slightly queasy when I think about the negotiations and the back-and-forth that go into producing a book cover. I try not to think about it - kiddie pool kiddie pool kiddie pool - until I have to.

So it was with trepidation that I opened the e-mail from my editor with "Delancey jpegs" in the subject line, and with relief that I saw the cover up there, the one with the photo of the exterior of Delancey, warm and glowy, chalkboard in the window, people on the bar stools, chipped paint on the facade and ugly doorknob and all.  I had no idea what kind of cover this book would get, but this one feels exactly right.  Delancey is not really a cookbook, though it does contain twenty recipes, and it’s not really a book about opening a restaurant, per se, although it is.  It’s a book about a man with a big idea and a woman (hi!) who wasn’t entirely sold on that idea, a book about learning to work with yeast, fire, heavy machinery, and each other.  It’s a book about muddling through, figuring it out, eating a lot of pizza, making the most of what we got.  And though there were many moments when I wished the book would just write itself and leave me out of it and hurry up, I can now say that I’m glad the writing took as long as it did, that it was interrupted the way it was, that I was granted time to live the story and tell it in a way that feels honest and complete. I am now so excited, and totally terrified, to share it with you.  Of course, it won’t be released until next May, but after all this time, that’s nothing. Nothing! Right? (RIGHT.)

Thanks, always, for being here.

Update: In the days since I posted this, I have learned that the photograph on the cover was taken by a fellow blogger who came to Delancey as a result of reading my first book and this blog. Incredible! I love that. Thank you, Conni, for taking such a beautiful shot, and for letting us use it.

181 Comments:

Anonymous Kristen said...

Greetings from up the coast in Vancouver and great big congratulations! The cover looks amazing and I can't wait to read the new book :)

Cheers!

10:25 AM, July 08, 2013  
Anonymous A Plum By Any Other Name said...

Love the cover and though I haven't had the good fortune to visit Delancey (or Seattle, for that matter) it's just like I'd expect it to be: warm and inviting. Besides, the book's *new* release date gives me a chance to rectify this error prior to its publication.

10:26 AM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Monica said...

Molly, I love the cover! Congratulations. I can't wait to read your upcoming book; I know it will be worth the wait. I loved the first one! : )

10:29 AM, July 08, 2013  
Anonymous Nicole said...

I think this cover is perfect!

10:30 AM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger slip4 said...

Congratulations! I loved your first book and can't wait to read this one.

10:36 AM, July 08, 2013  
Anonymous Lisa @ Elle Sees said...

I love the cover! So warm and welcoming, just like your writing. Can't wait to read it.

10:37 AM, July 08, 2013  
Anonymous Melinda said...

It is available for pre-order on Amazon! So excited to read it, Molly. Congratulations. My order is placed and it will be a pleasant surprise next May.

10:38 AM, July 08, 2013  
Anonymous Susan said...

Molly, LOVED your first book and am SO looking forward to this new one. Congratulations... I can't even imagine!

10:40 AM, July 08, 2013  
OpenID Frances said...

Cannot WAIT to read it.

That cover just looks like "home" to me. Good work!

10:42 AM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Chad said...

Keep up the great work Molly! Looking forward to next May.

10:42 AM, July 08, 2013  
Anonymous Julie M. said...

No, thank YOU. Your writing--all of it--is a constant delight.

10:43 AM, July 08, 2013  
OpenID Frances said...

Cannot WAIT to read it!

That cover just looks like "home" to me - so glad the process of restaurant/book/baby has produces so much satisfaction for all of you. And good work on the part of the editors!

10:44 AM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Annie V said...

That cover is precisely "the ticket". I completely agree with you. Next May???? Oh my...an exercise in patiently waiting!! I love your writing and your story. Congrats "mom" you have delivered a bouncing baby book!! And it's beautiful!!

10:49 AM, July 08, 2013  
OpenID sliceofmidlife.com said...

You can judge a book by its cover and this one is very inviting. Congratulations to you on taking the time you need to create books, restaurants and babies with heart, soul and integrity.

11:06 AM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Gina said...

Right ON! How lucky are we, to have
something to look forward to: the book
and a seat in the restaurant when we're
back home in August.

Extra congrats!

11:06 AM, July 08, 2013  
Anonymous MaryBloom said...

I just finished A Homemade Life and loved it. Now it's hard to wait for Delancey. I've got to get to Seattle, to Delancey and Essex. It is on my list! (I love pictures of June!)

11:09 AM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Jodi said...

Congrats on the book and the lovely cover!

I work in publishing and know just what you mean about covers...

11:09 AM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Eileen said...

Hooray! Congratulations on a finished book! Can't wait to read it. :)

11:10 AM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Sweet and Savory Eats said...

Cannot wait to get my hands on it!

11:17 AM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Jess said...

MOLLY!! (says the girl with the peanut butter spoon in hand, who is feeling rather bacterium-like today.) It's beautiful. Huuuge congratulations. And thanks for reminding me today of a few things I can't, for the life of me, stop needing to be reminded of... xo.

11:29 AM, July 08, 2013  
Anonymous Peggy Sherry said...

You inspire me.

11:32 AM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Amy said...

Ahhhh, I'm SO EXCITED for your next book!!! I love A Homemade Life, have been reading your blog for years (and many of your recipes are favorites in our home) so I just couldn't be more excited <3

11:35 AM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger BookishPenguin said...

Next May??? I can't wait that long! Gah. I adore your first book and really can't wait for this one. And that cover is gorgeous. Great work, all.

11:38 AM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Janine at Rustic Kitchen said...

Congrats, Molly, I'm sure it feels great.

11:41 AM, July 08, 2013  
Anonymous Luisa said...

It's beautiful! Congratulations. xo

11:43 AM, July 08, 2013  
Anonymous Molly said...

A huge congratulations to you. Wow, two books! And I am sure I will enjoy your second book as much as I did your first. (And by enjoy I mean gobble up with no attention to time and appointments.) I had no idea of your former life as a book publicist. I've been reading your blog for years now, and I'd had no clue.

11:44 AM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Marilyn Mc said...

From a Bellingham fan who is old enough to be your grandmother, I do hope you will come up to Ciao Thyme to plug this book too, and I do hope you will bring June!

11:48 AM, July 08, 2013  
Anonymous zephyr said...

What a wonderful cover!
Eager to get my hands on it.
i can wait.
just barely.

11:50 AM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Katie said...

Even if I hadn't been reading your blog for years! now, and had not read your first book, I'd take one look at that cover and my interest of the story inside would be piqued. It's a great cover and I'm looking forward to reading another one of your beautiful stories. :)

11:51 AM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Trading Up said...

Just sitting at my desk staring at the kiddie pool in the front yard and thinking the exact same thing ;-) Congratulations and I can't wait to take a copy out there and read it!

11:53 AM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Emma Gardner said...

I love the cover, it's beautiful. Can't wait to get hold of the book!

12:03 PM, July 08, 2013  
Anonymous Laura said...

I really love it Molly! I can't wait to read it.

12:04 PM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Megan said...

I'm so excited for this book, and the cover is beautiful! Your first book sits in my kitchen among my other cookbooks, and its pages are lovingly dog-eared and sauce-stained (I make your dad's French toast Jimmy's Pink Cookies way more often than I should). Congratulations, Molly!

12:05 PM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Michael Smith said...

I finally got to try your delicious pizza this past weekend! Excellent job and looking forward to your book!

12:12 PM, July 08, 2013  
Anonymous Courtney said...

LOVED A Homemade Life and SO excited for your new book! I will anxiously await next May! :)

12:18 PM, July 08, 2013  
Anonymous Emily said...

Congratulations! I was so happy to see the photo of the cover appear in my reader. I read your first book so quickly and to date it remains on my shelf of most used books (the cauliflower recipe was the one that got me to like that vegetable & I have never looked back!). I look forward to reading the next installment & enjoying the new recipes.

12:18 PM, July 08, 2013  
Anonymous Danielle @ Dani Cakes said...

Yayeee! Congrats! I can't wait for it to come out :)

12:25 PM, July 08, 2013  
Anonymous dervla said...

yay, i LOVE that cover!!! Cannot wait to have it my hands. Seriously, it's so pretty. Congrats! As someone on the other side of the process, i can appreciate the work that went into that (cover + manuscript)

12:28 PM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Unknown said...

Love the cover! Can't wait to read it. Congratulations!

12:28 PM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Denise in PA said...

I cannot wait to read this book! I loved your first one so much...I savored it and would only read a chapter at a time and then put it down. I'm looking forward to re-reading it again and again. o:)

12:32 PM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Julie B said...

Congrats Molly!
Keep shining girl...you are a gift to us all!!

12:48 PM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger tara said...

Gosh, it is so great. can't wait to read it. Congratulations and hip hip to you, Molly.

12:54 PM, July 08, 2013  
Anonymous Kristen said...

Congrats, how exciting! Not only do I ADORE Delancey, but I've given copies of your first book to over a dozen friends for holiday or birthday gifts.

12:55 PM, July 08, 2013  
OpenID emilialiveslife said...

Congratulations! Sounds like quite the harrowing process, but with a beautiful ending. I'm so excited for the book to be released next May. Loved the first one and I'm sure this one will be spectacular as well :)

1:21 PM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Mandy said...

Congrats!!! So excited to read it!

1:24 PM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Holly Carter said...

The cover is perfect! I look forward to reading it. I am presenting your first book at our book club meeting this week (in Redmond, WA) and will be serving some of your recipes. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us!

1:38 PM, July 08, 2013  
Anonymous anya said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

1:38 PM, July 08, 2013  
Anonymous Veronica M said...

I've loved your blog for years, now I can love your new book! Thank you for keeping us invited to your new ups and downs and writing such inspiring words time and time again.

1:43 PM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Any chance I can cash in on the family connection and get an advance copy? You know I'm dying to read it! :-) Hearty congratulations, as always. And this time you not only produced a book but a charming child, too, so really, your time was well spent!

1:45 PM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger AuntieAllyn said...

Next May?? I can't wait that long! In the meantime, I'm going to advance-order one from Amazon (and, closer to publication date, I will likely forgotten that I have done so, so please remind me). And, in the meantime, I've got to wangle a trip to Seattle to visit Delancey and Essex myself! Congratulations on your work with the book, which I have no doubt will be an excellent read!

1:53 PM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Joy said...

Molly, I am so excited to read this! When my boyfriend moved to Seattle three years ago, I convinced myself that the sucktastic nature of long-distance relationships would be balanced out by the fact that I could eat at Delancey when visiting him. I've lived here in Seattle for almost two years now, and Delancey is still my favorite spot. Walking to Delancey in the evening feels like approaching a glowing beacon of DELICIOUS - perfectly communicated in the book cover. :) Congrats!

1:56 PM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Abby said...

Congratulations! What a great cover. I can't wait to add it to my bookshelf.

2:01 PM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Lisa said...

YEAH! Congratulations, Molly! Look forward to seeing the cover in person, reading your stories, and trying your recipes : )

2:04 PM, July 08, 2013  
Anonymous Sanda said...

Your first book is my favourite, love a way you write..make me laugh or put tear in my eyes...can't wait to read a new one!!

2:12 PM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Lecia Phinney said...

The cover is stunning! It is perfect. Big exhale.... congratulations!! xoxox

2:32 PM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Story Teller said...

I am so excited to read a new book from you! You are a beautiful, lyrical writer and I know I will love every page. Congrats!

3:27 PM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Joanna said...

wow, what a crazy process it is! And how great that it's come out the way you wanted... the cover looks amazing. I'm looking forward to it being released, I just loved your first book. Congratulations Molly (from across the seas in Australia!) xx

3:37 PM, July 08, 2013  
Anonymous kickpleat said...

The cover looks great!!! Huzzah! Can't wait to read it :) Well done, Molly :)

3:46 PM, July 08, 2013  
Anonymous Rosie said...

The cover is beautiful and perfect and I can't wait to read the beautiful and perfect book within. Next May? It will be hard to wait! Congratulations!

3:53 PM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Victoria said...

I love it too and somehow it's a twin to your first book. Next May though, sheeesh, that's FOREVER away, I thought I was hopeful I could click on the image and buy one NOW!! Come to Melbourne, Australia for your promo tour, we'll make you dinner xx

3:57 PM, July 08, 2013  
Anonymous martina said...

Will call Secret Garden Books in March to see if it can be preordered. I love your first book and am eager to read Delancey.

4:44 PM, July 08, 2013  
Anonymous Alexis @ deliciousfoodideas.net said...

Congratulations on finishing the book. The cover looks amazing

4:52 PM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger farmbrenda said...

C O N G R A T S ! I am excited to read your book after loving, loving, the first. I selected your book right after my mom passed away because cooking was helping me to rise out of my grief (no pun intended). When I realized that much of the book was about your father who had died, I almost put the book away but didn't, thankfully, because it helped me in so many ways to continue through my grieving process and laugh, cook, cry, and think about this wonderful life I have. Thank you!

5:07 PM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Elise said...

OMG!! I'm currently reading your first book and I love it. When I saw that book cover on your blog today I a)swooned [as a graphic designer, i love love love love a good book cover design] b) suppressed my urge to immediately type "Delancey Amazon" into my google search bar and c)punched my fist onto my desk after learning the book won't be available till May next year! Blah!
well, can't wait! :D

5:32 PM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger sonrie said...

congratulations! what an honor, and enjoy the process, step by step, and feel the relief when it is finished. :)

6:17 PM, July 08, 2013  
Anonymous Kate said...

I will never be able to wait until next May. Love that you're a peanut butter fan.

6:32 PM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger MCC said...

Next May can't come soon enough -- congratulations!

6:46 PM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Courtney said...

eek! I can't wait to read it!!!!

7:30 PM, July 08, 2013  
Anonymous Beth said...

Congrats! And thank you for sharing your honest experience with writing. I visit your blog after long days of working/interning/thesis writing, and it's so reassuring to know that writing is tough even for the pros. And that peanut butter is frequently involved.

ps: June is such a beautiful little girl!

7:41 PM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Jules said...

I know I will love it based on the fact that you are the author, that I loved your first book so much and that your writing on this blog is always compelling. Can't wait to read it, Molly!

8:50 PM, July 08, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the cover. It's very exciting to see your book. It sounds like perfect timing with everything else in your life. It's definitely worth the wait;) Isabella

9:25 PM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger jennifer said...

Hooray!!!

9:26 PM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Vincci said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to read it and hope to actually visit Delancey one day!

9:34 PM, July 08, 2013  
Blogger Mardi Michels said...

Cannot wait to read this :) Loved my meal at Delancey a couple of years ago, am sure the story will be just a delicious! Congrats!

9:37 PM, July 08, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a frequent visitor to Delancey (sometimes too frequent), I have to say that the cover captures the essence of Delancey. Warm, friendly and welcoming. A little sad that the title isn't in the "Delancey font", but it probably wouldn't pop on a thumbnail. Looking forward to May!

11:04 PM, July 08, 2013  
Anonymous Frances said...

your book is the very first one i purchased online when i got myself an ebook reader. i love it and i scan the pages from time to time. can't wait for Delancey. I hope May 2014 comes sooner.

4:04 AM, July 09, 2013  
Anonymous Christophe said...

Yes! Huge congratulations - can't wait to see it! x

4:16 AM, July 09, 2013  
Blogger london bakes said...

So excited for this book, the cover is so evocative and inticing.

4:33 AM, July 09, 2013  
Blogger Cape Cod Kitty said...

Molly, I am so very happy for you, and think the cover is just right and beautiful. I've been with "you" since the very early days and love your writing. Next time I am in Seattle, I have Delancey on the list.
The very best to you always.

4:50 AM, July 09, 2013  
Blogger Garden Goddess said...

Uhm... hold on. I HAVE TO WAIT A YEAR?!?!?

That makes me so sad. So, so sad. But I can do it, right? And does this mean you will blog more regularly? (Love reading you, girl!) - Patty

7:11 AM, July 09, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hurray! I've been waiting for your new book since you mentioned its beginning on your blog. Loved your first book, and I will definitely order a copy of the new one.

7:25 AM, July 09, 2013  
Anonymous JackieD said...

Hoooooorraaaaaaaayyyyy!

7:25 AM, July 09, 2013  
Blogger Annie said...

Yes! I'm so excited to get my hands on a copy! This excited!!: http://drunkronswanson.com/

7:55 AM, July 09, 2013  
Blogger Margaret Pinard said...

Dumfounding how we are SUCH a visual culture. I just finished a novel, and got a very quick cover for self-publishing, and I suddenly felt like "It's real!!!" Plus, it garnered a LOT of comment on Facebook! Congrats to the end of this journey, and thanks for sharing your gratitude with us!

8:09 AM, July 09, 2013  
Blogger Belle said...

Many, many congratulations!!

For what it's worth, I *love* the cover. If I knew nothing about Delancey, I would make a reservation tonight based on it.
Makes me picture lingering, cozy dinners with friends and family :)

8:40 AM, July 09, 2013  
Blogger Rocky Mountain Woman said...

can't wait to read it.

cover is perfect!

9:29 AM, July 09, 2013  
Blogger Jill said...

love it....I want it....NOW!

9:30 AM, July 09, 2013  
Blogger Emily Sheldon said...

This gives me chills -- I can't wait Molly!

9:32 AM, July 09, 2013  
Anonymous Mandy said...

Great news, Molly! I remember a long-ago bike ride through Stanley Park with you and Claire, when you and Brandon were in the thick of opening Delancey. It's great to see you guys thriving now--seems like great material for a memoir.

I'm in the thick of the nobel laureate/bacterium pendulum right now. You nail it. :)

Mandy

9:39 AM, July 09, 2013  
Blogger ga447 said...

The book cover is a grabber. I would buy the book because of the great author. Other will buy the book because of the cover.

9:50 AM, July 09, 2013  
Anonymous nic miller said...

Molly- well done, you!

No easy task to do any of the things you have embarked upon recently- baby, business and book.

And you've done all three...

<<<< speechless with admiration >>>>

9:52 AM, July 09, 2013  
Anonymous wanderingeducators said...

beautiful!! like another baby, yes? can't wait to read it. brava!

9:55 AM, July 09, 2013  
Anonymous sprite said...

Congrats! Can't wait to read it!

9:56 AM, July 09, 2013  
Blogger Laurel said...

How absolutely exciting!! Glad to hear it is finally all coming together. :) Looking forward to its publication!!

9:58 AM, July 09, 2013  
Blogger Katie said...

I can't wait. and I love the cover.

10:00 AM, July 09, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Molly. congratulations. You are worth the wait. Best wishes, Liz

10:09 AM, July 09, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even if I weren't already looking forward to reading the book (read your first and can't wait for this one), this cover would draw me in. Congrats and best of luck !

10:19 AM, July 09, 2013  
Blogger Patrice said...

Thank you for sharing your life with us and I know Delancey is going to be well worth the wait to read. Congratulations!

10:41 AM, July 09, 2013  
Blogger amisha said...

congratulations, molly! the cover is beautiful and perfect. xoxo

11:09 AM, July 09, 2013  
Anonymous JudyB said...

Loved your first book, can't wait to read this one---wish it would be here sooner than May! Wonderful cover.

11:23 AM, July 09, 2013  
Blogger k said...

After absolutely loving your first book (and your blog for many years now), I cannot WAIT to get my hands on this one. I am completely sure it will be just as loved! Felicitations!!

11:29 AM, July 09, 2013  
Anonymous Ilke said...

Wonderful! Can't wait for the next May. I had to chuckle when I read about the man with an idea and a woman who is not entirely sold on it. I have felt that many times with my husband's many "entrepreneurship" ideas :) I am sure one of them will take off someday :)

Now the waiting part about the book! Argh!

11:55 AM, July 09, 2013  
Anonymous Victoria said...

I love the cover. It is perfect. I'm so glad it's not the street sign on Delancey Street, which, although the inspiration for the name, isn't the right Delancey.

I cannot wait to read this book, although I will wait, and PLEASE, PLEASE, PRETTY PLEASE narrate it yourself when Audible comes calling.

Just listen to Neil Gaiman narrate The Ocean at the Bottom of the Lane. You will be convinced that the person who wrote the book, should speak the book.

12:04 PM, July 09, 2013  
Blogger B said...

You rock! I so love your writing and can't wait until this comes out. Next May seems like ages away.

P.S. I sent some friends to Delancey on their recent trip to your neck of the woods. Awaiting the glowing reports.


Barrie

12:22 PM, July 09, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats! Can't wait for it! Don't know how I'll survive until May. One of my life goals is to go eat at Delancey. I've looked it up on foodspotting and Pinterest and my goodness, I think I could water a fair sized garden with the drool I produced.

12:37 PM, July 09, 2013  
Anonymous Kristin said...

SUCH exciting news, Molly! For you, of course, and for all of us, who can't wait to read. Congrats.

12:54 PM, July 09, 2013  
Anonymous Kathleen said...

Many congrats, Molly! I look forward to reading the book. The cover portrays exactly how I feel in your restaurant. Cozy, warm, nurtured, happy.

I ran into you & June this morning by the otters- it was so great to talk with you and coo at your darling girl. Her noises were much cuter (and even louder sometimes, hehe!) than the animals! I hope you had a great rest of the morning there.

1:08 PM, July 09, 2013  
Blogger whitneybee said...

So looking forward to the book! And I love the cover.

2:17 PM, July 09, 2013  
Anonymous Alicia said...

Next May?!!?!? NOOOOOO!!!!! (So excited!!!!) Congrats!

2:26 PM, July 09, 2013  
Anonymous Rebeca said...

Congratulations, Molly! I love love the cover and I can't wait to have that book!

2:56 PM, July 09, 2013  
Blogger muddling.mama said...

bravo, Molly! and the cover looks gorgeous. looking forward to reading it!

3:28 PM, July 09, 2013  
Anonymous Dorie@BrooklynSalt said...

Yaaaaay!

3:36 PM, July 09, 2013  
Anonymous Carlinne @Cook with 2 Chicks said...

Can. Not. Wait!

4:58 PM, July 09, 2013  
Blogger KnitOne, PearlOnion said...

Looking forward to reading!

5:10 PM, July 09, 2013  
Blogger Heather aka Proud Mama said...

It is beautiful.

5:30 PM, July 09, 2013  
Blogger Lynn said...

i love the cover too. even if i wasn't a blog follower and in the process of reading your first book (cabin time next week=reading time=yay), it would grab me and first glance and pull me in. congratulations, kudos, way to go. i will look forward to it next spring.

5:55 PM, July 09, 2013  
Blogger Jill said...

Congratulations! It's beautiful, really. I am glad it feels so right to you because even though there are so many of us who are so excited to get this and read it (most definitely me!), in the end I think the author has to like what she's put out there. Yay!!

6:46 PM, July 09, 2013  
Blogger deborah said...

Molly, a hearty congratulations to you on getting here! It's amazing to read. I remember saving your first book for a day where I could spend a whole day with it and when I was done, my heart felt quite literally in my throat. I look forward to the same, because I just know, having eaten and Delancey and watched it through your lens, that this story is all heart. Thank you for sharing.

8:10 PM, July 09, 2013  
Blogger City Girl said...

But I want to read it now....

8:44 PM, July 09, 2013  
Blogger indigo said...

Wooooooo! I'm so excited! Congratulations :)

9:10 PM, July 09, 2013  
Anonymous MOMSICLE VIBE said...

Wow! Hey! Congrats! High five! Can't wait.

10:36 PM, July 09, 2013  
Blogger Swiss said...

I am almost as excited as if I had written the book.....I am so excited!!! SO Excited! Congratulations.

10:41 PM, July 09, 2013  
Blogger Kimberlie Ott said...

The cover is just perfect! I adored your first book, it sucked me in, and didn't let me go till it was done, the very next day! I got a copy for a friend and she gave it to her family as gifts she loved it so much~ I am sooooo excited for this next book , your blog is fabulous, Congrats!!!!

11:08 PM, July 09, 2013  
Anonymous Joanne T Ferguson said...

G'day! Love the cover, true!
BIG congrats! HOW PROUD are of yourself that you accomplished writing a book! WHOO HOO!
Cheers! Joanne

12:47 AM, July 10, 2013  
Anonymous Stacy said...

NEXT MAY?! Well, that brought me up short. I was mentally ordering the Kindle version and making a cup of tea, even as the front part of my mind (or whichever part reads) was finishing your post. So ready to nestle in for a good read.

My personally delayed gratification aside, congratulations on your beautiful book! The cover is perfect and I am sure the inside will be worth the wait.

3:16 AM, July 10, 2013  
Blogger Make.Good said...

Bravo! Congratulations. I so look forward to reading it.

7:14 AM, July 10, 2013  
Anonymous Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said...

I love the cover and the title and that it's a memoir of your experiences with great recipes tossed in for good measure.

7:26 AM, July 10, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

congrats!!

8:09 AM, July 10, 2013  
Blogger Pippilotta said...

Great cover! Love your writing and can't wait to read the new book.

9:17 AM, July 10, 2013  
Anonymous Magda said...

Can't wait for you book. As always, glad to be here, reading your words.
Oh and by the way, I love the cover.

9:19 AM, July 10, 2013  
Anonymous Blair said...

I.CANNOT.WAIT! xo

11:39 AM, July 10, 2013  
Blogger Liz Luscomb said...

I love the cover. It would definitely entice me to pick it up at a bookstore and flip through its pages. So excited for you! Are you going to share any excerpts? I'm so curious now! (I'm a new follower so I don't know if you have divulged its contents in the past already)

Concerning my own experience, I remember when my publisher emailed what would be the cover of my novel. There are details I like about it, but it was completely opposite of what I had in mind. But I couldn't argue with the publisher. It was a done deal. Ha!

Good luck to you!
-Liz

12:57 PM, July 10, 2013  
Blogger Pris Robichaud said...

Will order the book as soon as possible. My daughter, son-in-law and grandson and I went to Delancey. The pizza was the best I have had. My grandson, Oliver, six, ate an entire pizza by himself, it was that good!

1:34 PM, July 10, 2013  
Anonymous rachel said...

I have to wait until May 2014 to read it??!?! Ugh, I can't wait. I am not good at waiting.

We are on the verge of starting the process to open our own restaurant and your posts always give me hope, thank you for your thoughtful and inspiring writing.

We went to Essex in April while we were visiting Seattle. Goodness, it was so good we went back the next day even though we didn't really have time. It was a place I could have lingered at all day.

3:45 PM, July 10, 2013  
Anonymous Robyn said...

Congratulations, the cover is beautiful. I'm looking forward to reading it.

5:01 PM, July 10, 2013  
Anonymous Colleen said...

The day before I flew home from Seattle, my sister, niece and I were browsing in Elliot Bay Bookstore. I wanted a book for the plane ride back East, and to my great fortune, found your book! I read it, loved it, read some more, recommended it a lot, and now keep it safe in my kitchen. Of course, little did I know the author lived in Seattle, and had a restaurant close by!! Ahh, well. Next trip! Congratulations on your new book. I love the cover, and look forward to reading and cooking some more!

6:32 PM, July 10, 2013  
Blogger Michele said...

Yippee!!!! I, for one, and now counting the days until next May when your new book is released. And I love the cover!

Way to go, girl. (And i use girl as I am, truly, old enough to be your mother. I mean no offense.)

8:20 PM, July 10, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lovely! I'm so excited to read it. :)]
-Tracy

8:27 PM, July 10, 2013  
Blogger Rhett said...

Ooooohhh! I can't wait! Lovely cover. Congrats!

12:10 AM, July 11, 2013  
Blogger good_to_be_home said...

Hi Molly, thank you for sharing an update about your next book. The cover is beautiful and I am looking forward to reading your story.

5:05 AM, July 11, 2013  
Blogger Katie K said...

I love the cover and the way the type aligns with the surfaces. The two people inside are wearing flesh-colored clothing that gives a subliminal impression that they are naked. Did you notice?

5:35 AM, July 11, 2013  
OpenID bakewithamy said...

Can't wait to read it!

7:52 AM, July 11, 2013  
Anonymous Willow said...

Congratulations on finishing the book! And I have had the good fortune to visit Delancey (my oldest friend lives around the corner), and the picture does capture the feel as I remember it. And am inspired by your description, how you say it's not a story about any one thing, and a story about all of them. I can't wait to read the book!

8:20 AM, July 11, 2013  
Anonymous Elissa | PoorMansFeast said...

BABY!!!!!!!!!!

8:44 AM, July 11, 2013  
Anonymous Sharon M said...

Yay! Can't wait till next May. Love, love, love your writing. It almost always moves me to tears, even when you don't intend. You are one of the most authentic, honest writers and I so appreciate it. Thanks :)

9:39 AM, July 11, 2013  
Blogger Clara said...

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Congratulations. I also loved your description of writing a book - you nailed it. I'm so happy that you loved the cover right away, and selfishly I'm even happier to know a new book is coming. Bravo!

11:17 AM, July 11, 2013  
Blogger Jess said...

I very rarely buy books, because you know, they always seem to be something you can borrow, or even read on a tablet these days. But I will run out and buy this book. I ate up your last book within an afternoon and this looks JUST as delicious. Congratulations. Your writing is WORTH the WAIT! Yay!

1:47 PM, July 11, 2013  
Blogger Hannah said...

Love the cover! Looks very cozy, and I can't wait to read it.

3:32 PM, July 11, 2013  
Anonymous Jeff @ Cheeseburger said...

The cover looks great! Congratulations Molly!

9:14 PM, July 11, 2013  
Anonymous Richard said...

Huge Congratulations! :) Love the cover, so tasteful and creative, I can't wait to sit down and have a good read.

4:39 AM, July 12, 2013  
Blogger Rachel Kate said...

Lovely cover! It makes me hungry just to look at it...

7:44 AM, July 12, 2013  
Blogger RJF said...

Congratulations, the cover is beautiful! Can't wait to read the book.

7:52 AM, July 12, 2013  
Anonymous burnttoast said...

And here is what happens from a reader's view. Try to preorder. Oh no, it's not there! Try again. CHECK SPELLING. Oh, there is it. Click. Done.
Now I just have to be patient. At least it doesn't involve spelling.
Thrilled for you, it will be hard to wait.

11:05 AM, July 12, 2013  
Blogger Susan B. said...

Congratulations, Molly! Having been to Delancey two summers ago, I think the cover is perfect. My only gripe? I wish you guys were in Boston where I live :(. Can't wait to read the book and to visit again (and Essex, too!) next time I'm out your way.

11:43 AM, July 12, 2013  
Anonymous Carole @ rusticartistry.com said...

Yea!!! So this means you'll be back to writing blog posts more often, right? Heck, don't even bother editing them, just throw them out there for us. We have all missed you. I know your book will be a hit. Congrats!

5:33 PM, July 12, 2013  
Blogger Anne Marie said...

That cover looks great!!

The process of this memoir is so interesting, you'll have to write a memoir about writing this memoir!!

5:57 AM, July 13, 2013  
Blogger Mark O'Brien said...

Molly, couldn't be happier for you! I am so looking forward to your book and the cover is awesome. LOVE your writing and your recipies.

9:44 AM, July 13, 2013  
Blogger Sara said...

Yay! Fantastic! Congratulations! I CANNOT wait to read it! I'm all smiles over here.

6:47 PM, July 13, 2013  
Anonymous kucing persia said...

I can't wait to read your upcoming book; I know it will be worth the wait. I loved the first one! : )

8:24 PM, July 13, 2013  
Blogger rb and jaw said...

When is the publishing date? We ate at Delancey tonight, again having the best pizza of all time: homemade sausage! Congrats to you, Brandon, and little baby girl!

8:34 PM, July 13, 2013  
Anonymous Traci Stone said...

Every Sunday morning, I wake up & look at this blog in preparation for a grocery store trip. Today I woke up thinking, I wish Orangette had a new book. And you do :) I am so excited & can't wait to read it. Congratulations!

6:48 AM, July 14, 2013  
Blogger Katie Appleyard said...

Congratulations!

Sweet Apple Lifestyle

12:47 AM, July 15, 2013  
Anonymous jamie said...

This looks like a wonderful read. Best of luck with it.

1:40 PM, July 15, 2013  
Blogger hilaryg said...

Congratulations!! Love your writing here and in your 1st book and love you and Matthew on Spilled Milk. Rock On!!

2:05 PM, July 16, 2013  
Anonymous Nancy said...

The cover of your new book is great. I'm anxious to read it; I absolutely loved "A Homemade Life." Definitely worth the wait!

6:38 PM, July 16, 2013  
Blogger KTurpin said...

Hi, Molly, I have read, re-read, cooked the recipes and loved 'A Homemade Life'. Bravo to you for following your heart and doing what you love (and do so well!).

1:51 PM, July 17, 2013  
Blogger Janice said...

Love it! Now I really want instant gratification- I can't wait to read the new book!!!!!

11:05 AM, July 19, 2013  
Anonymous Cindy said...

This made my day. I adore your first book and give it as a gift frequently. Congratulations! Cant wait to read, savor, and cook!

5:08 PM, July 19, 2013  
Blogger balderton said...

Congratulations! I can't wait for the book to come out.

4:26 PM, July 21, 2013  
Blogger David said...

wow - the cover is amazing. can't wait for the release!

1:15 AM, July 22, 2013  
Anonymous Allison Parker said...

I have been waiting for another book by you! First discovered Homemade Life checking it out of the Rego Park Library in Queens NY a few years ago without knowing the whole orangette community. Couldn't be happier for your success and looking forward to hearing another (of many) Molly Story.

9:49 AM, July 23, 2013  
Blogger tawc said...

Molly,
I hope I remember to read this post right before I begin reading "Delancey"--it feels as if you are holding the whole experience, not just in writing the book, but in falling in love and creating a life (let alone a restaurant) in a hug so full of gratitude and wonder. I hope to that you know that I hold your first book in a hug of gratitude and wonder.
Thank you for sharing in such grand ways.

9:34 PM, July 24, 2013  
Anonymous Bridget said...

That cover is perfect. I can't wait for the book.

5:18 PM, July 27, 2013  
Blogger Kerissa said...

This just made my entire day. Congratulations, Molly. And to the rest of us as well.

4:03 PM, July 29, 2013  
Blogger Erin said...

I am SO looking forward to this book - congratulations on a huge accomplishment.

4:10 PM, July 30, 2013  
Anonymous Karen White said...

I'm trying again to comment (this time I will try not using my Googlr account), apologies if this is a duplicate.
I am thrilled to find that your new book is available for pre order on Amazon UK - it is now added to my wish list. What a gorgeous photograph for the cover - all warm and welcoming.

1:41 PM, August 03, 2013  
Blogger Jaime said...

Pre-ordered. Done. Can't wait!

6:18 PM, August 03, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just at the restaurant on Sunday night and propped my pinhole camera on the bar to capture Brandon making fabulous pizzas with a 30 minute exposure on film. If all turns out well I'll send you the photo.
Love the restaurant and can't wait to get a copy of your new book as I loved the first one.

11:12 PM, August 07, 2013  
Anonymous thenik said...

Every time reader, not often commenter. I can't wait to get my hands of this book. I almost want to plan nothing else that weekend so I can just devour it whole. So excited for you, congratulates! Excited for the rest of us, too.

2:31 PM, August 21, 2013  
Blogger BatsRock said...

This looks amazing! I am thrilled for you and cannot wait to pick up a copy. I'm launching into a writing project myself (of the less interesting academic sort- exciting nevertheless) and would LOVE advise on the process. The advise I took away from this post? Buy peanut butter. Keep said peanut butter as well as various bread-like items on hand! Thanks for the inspiration both from your last book, the pending book and of the culinary sort!

7:51 PM, August 22, 2013  
Blogger james & victoria said...

Miss Molly!
Am very much looking forward to your second installment of auto-biography/cookbookery! Loved your first installment very much. My wife Victoria & I have shared your "Winning hearts and minds" chocolate cake with s o o o o many folks and every one is f l o o r e d!
Glad all is well with your little one and your eateries!!
Ciao for now!
Jamie Finch

5:25 PM, September 04, 2013  

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