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Molly Wizenberg is a freelance food writer and the creator of the award-winning blog Orangette. She is a regular contributor to Bon Apptit, and her writing has been featured on NPR.org and PBS.org and has been praised in the Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, and The Seattle Times. Wizenberg has show more degrees in human biology, French, and cultural anthropology, but in 2005, she left the world of academia to write full-time. Visit orangette.blogspot.com. show less

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Best Food Writing 2009 (2009) — Contributor — 86 copies


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20th century
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Seattle, Washington, USA
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Good, simple recipes to whip up each day. Sorry to see the demise of her blog but grateful for the book.
featherbooks | 53 other reviews | May 7, 2024 |
I think I'm somewhere between a 2 and a 3 on this.

It was a nice book that I found totally readable and mildly interesting but it was not great and not a book I'd go out of my way to suggest to someone else. It felt almost like a very long magazine article. It made me want to go eat their pizza but I didn't feel like I learned very much about anything at all and just had the briefest glimpse at everything that went into building the restaurant but not enough to make me feel invested in any of the people or the outcomes.

Still, it's not a bad book. There is nothing about it that irritated me or made me want to stop reading. As the Goodreads 2 star rating actually says "it was OK" so I'm sticking with that. I got this from Amazon on one of their daily deals and it was certainly worth the $1.99 I paid for it but I'm not sure it would be worth full price.

The included recipes might be the best part of the whole thing.
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hmonkeyreads | 22 other reviews | Jan 25, 2024 |
This was not quite enough to hold my attention. I decided I'd rather check out Molly's blog, and hoo-boy that is *way* more interesting.
LibrarianDest | 22 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |
***Spoiler Alert (parts of the book are discussed) I had forgotten that this book was a memoir until the end. In fact, I thought this was the oddest story that could not be real, but yet was so very detailed. It seemed unreal that a lesbian lawyer who was willing to fraternize with someone who was on the jury, albeit after the case had ended. It also seemed amazing that a straight husband who thought he had a straight wife could be SO understanding, even letting his ex work in his own restaurant well after the split/divorce. I would have liked more details about June. Every book I have read about a homosexual relationship has shown waffling in knowing what is right or wrong to that character. I don't mean as in the world. I mean the conflicts within the person, even when the person made the choices he/she thought he/she most desired. To me that is telling. Your conscience lets you know when something is right or wrong. True, you can override your conscience. To me that explains clearly the panic attacks. And now, if a person is homosexual and riding the line whether or not they want to be male or female want to be referred to as THEY? The world is confusing enough without one person wanting to be a two-in-one. I had problems with Molly not remembering if she had taken care of June, or forgetting her because of her own sexual desires. I am sorry, but I don't think that is a norm among mothers. I got the impression that Molly became lesbian because of a series of odd encounters that she finally acted upon. I know that when people are on jury duty, they have to devote a lot of time to sitting, which leads to daydreaming. I think I could have accepted that Molly made this her life choice, but the child she brought in the world got the short end of the stick. Sorry. That is how I feel. My rating was based on how well the words flowed, with details (sometimes TMI) and how the plot progressed in an order that made sense to me. I wish the best for the author, and hope that history will help her from not repeating mistakes that will especially be detrimental to June.… (more)
doehlberg63 | 8 other reviews | Dec 2, 2023 |



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