For the past five years or so I have been following a blog called Orangette. Four years ago, Noah and I lived in Ballard on 70th and 24th and would walk 10 blocks to our favorite little pizza place, Delancey. When we got married, my friend bought me a book, A Homemade Life, that I couldn’t put down for our entire honeymoon!!
These three things have one thing in common: Molly Wizenberg.
A week ago, this last Monday, I got to meet her. I met Molly Wizenberg.
It was a surreal experience- meeting and talking to someone I’ve only read about. A person who I have idolized and who has inspired me. Well, I met her, she is real- and she is lovely. You know what the real icing on the cake is? The next day, she and Brandon, and their adorable daughter June, came to Argonaut! It was such a great moment, sharing our space with someone who I’ve looked up to. If you follow Orangette, it isn’t hard to tell I’m heavily influenced by her simplistic layout, personal stories and careful photography.
When I read “Gastronomical Me” by M.F.K. Fisher my admiration for Molly was realized even more. There is a quote in the forward that reads: “People ask me: Why do you write about food, and eating and drinking? Why don’t you write about the struggle for power and security, and about love, the way others do? / They ask it accusingly, as if I were somehow gross, unfaithful to the honor of my craft. / The easiest answer is to say that, like most other humans, I am hungry.” It was when I read that, that I understood why I love what Molly does. She writes in a way that you get a glimpse into the people behind the food. This is part of why Delancey is so great: great people. I love the experience of food and beverage and how it brings people together, allows for conversation, the experience of food allows for life.
Cheers on the beginning of another beautiful week! May it be filled with love and laughter and especially good food!