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Come on down

Hello from a plane somewhere between Minneapolis and San Francisco!

I’ve been trying to write this post for a couple of days now, on trains and planes and more trains and planes, but then I wind up staring out the window or admiring the spectacularly bedazzled manicure job on the woman next to me or reading an entire Us Weekly over someone’s shoulder before passing out and suddenly coming to three hours later in a new city. Today, I will persevere! I will only read half of an Us Weekly over someone’s shoulder.

I’m eight days into nearly two consecutive weeks on the road for Delancey. It’s hard to explain what it’s like to be on book tour, even now that I’ve been lucky enough to do this three(!) times, but I think it’s fair to say that, for me, there’s no more heady experience. That really is the word: heady. To get to meet so many of you, to meet your moms and spouses and hear your stories and shake your hands, to look out on your kind faces while I’m reading, to see so many great independent bookstores, to make Vietnamese noodle salad with Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs and the gang of beauties at Food52, to share a billing with the great Francis Lam, to stay up too late, to see friends old and new and sleep on the most comfortable air mattress in the world and yes that is actually a thing that exists, to eat as many sour gummies as I want, to get a massage in Oklahoma City while an instrumental version of Guns n’ Roses’s “November Rain” (!!) plays on the massage therapist’s iPod – this is what I do it all for. Thank you.

It was the richest, craziest icing on the cake to learn yesterday afternoon that Delancey had made it onto the New York Times bestseller list. THANK YOU. AHHHHHHH

I listen to a lot of music and podcasts when I travel alone, and this time, I’ve finally taken my friend Ben’s advice and downloaded some episodes of WTF with Marc Maron. I highly recommend his interview with Lena Dunham in particular. I also re-listened to the Spilled Milk episodes on grilled cheese and popcorn, and even though I’ve heard the jokes and it’s totally dumb and embarrassing to listen to your own podcast, I laughed so hard that the woman next to me thought I was sobbing. I have also discovered that, when you’re on a train, speeding along a coastline or a forest or anywhere, what you should listen to is Fleet Foxes. And in the depths of my iPhone, I found a song that I hadn’t listened to for years, “The Golden State,” as sung by Eddie Vedder and Corin Tucker, and just when I didn’t think anything could make me more feeling-full and grateful for the events of the past week, it did.

I’m heading to Santa Cruz later this afternoon, and I’ll be reading at Bookshop Santa Cruz at 7:30 tonight. Come on down. And if you can’t make it, here’s where else I’ll be in the coming week:

Pleasanton, CA
Friday, May 16 at 12:00 pm
Towne Center Books, "Read It and Eat"
555 Main Street
Tickets are $32 and include lunch and a copy of DELANCEY. Reservations required.

San Francisco, CA
Saturday, May 17 at 12:30 pm
Book Passage
1 Ferry Building, #42

Mission Viejo, CA
Sunday, May 18, beginning at 10:00 am
Books Are Better Shared
Norman Murray Community Center
Tickets are $25. Registration required.

Seattle, WA
Thursday, May 22 at 6:30 pm
Book Larder
4252 Fremont Avenue North

And there are a lot more events after that, but please click on over here for the full listing.

Oh, and of course, you can find Delancey at Apple iBookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, University Book Store, Books-A-Million, Powell’s, or an independent bookstore in your town.



Blogger Kelsey said...

These all sound like wonderful rewards for all the hard work you put in to your book! I wish there was a stop in the Phoenix area but in lieu of seeing you my next door neighbor and I are planning a dinner featuring dishes from Delancey! We're also planning to feature Delancey in the debut book club episode of our podcast, The Girl Next Door Podcast, we're big fans. Oh, and it was so fun to read about the crust research at Pizzeria Bianco, I had no idea!

3:47 PM, May 15, 2014  
Anonymous William @News4Foodies.com said...

I hope you continue to have a safe and enjoyable trip!

I'm a bit of a podcast fanatic, especially when traveling. Marc Maron is great, though I do think he's something of an acquired taste.

If you like him, you might enjoy "The Adam and Dr. Drew Show," one of my long-time favorites.

Do you ever listen to any cooking related podcasts? Any recommendations?

Good luck in Santa Cruz!

4:13 PM, May 15, 2014  
Anonymous Kristy said...

You're a sold out show in Pleasanton! Can't wait!

4:26 PM, May 15, 2014  
Blogger Ryan said...

I just finished Delancey last night and as the spouse of a person that has been a cook but wasn't sure what he wanted to do until after 30 (now both coffee bar manager & firefighter/emt) and still thinks that he wants to open a restaurant someday - it spoke to me. The process of opening Delancey (even knowing that you and Brandon were successful in the end) sounds every bit as hard, and harder than I thought it would be. And crazily, it still sounds like something I can see myself doing. I am always the realist, more business concerned half, but it would me me combing craigslist for used equipment and thrift stores for flatware.

I hope the book tour continues to be a success. I enjoyed the ride behind the scenes.

5:33 PM, May 15, 2014  
Anonymous Jackie said...

It was such a pleasure to catch you on your whirlwind of an adventure. I look forward to reading my copy of Delancey, you were every bit of awesomeness I expected! Come back to Oklahoma again soon, especially to Tulsa our food scene is growing slowly but surely, safe travels!

6:22 PM, May 15, 2014  
Blogger Library Lauren said...

Hooray! I have to add that before you were a NYT best-seller, you were a LibraryReads pick (beacause librarians know what's up)! Full disclosure: I am, in fact, a librarian. And I make winning hearts and minds cake every year for my children for Valentine's Day. I let them eat it for breakfast. Can't wait to read this book!

6:56 PM, May 15, 2014  
Anonymous Roberta said...

Oh, how I love Santa Cruz. I wish I was there and wish you the best of luck. I've enjoyed your writing for quite some time now and I'm so glad you are here in the blogosphere.

7:52 PM, May 15, 2014  
Blogger Library Lauren said...

Um, a link might have been useful for the LibraryReads list! http://libraryreads.org/may-2014-libraryreads-list/

8:18 PM, May 15, 2014  
Blogger Heather said...

Oh how I love Fleet Foxes.....and you. Every time I read your blog it is like a little lovely vacation. Thank you!

8:26 PM, May 15, 2014  
Anonymous Jenny said...

I wish you were stopping in Portland, OR! I hope the rest of your trip goes well.

10:51 PM, May 15, 2014  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations. I have never commented on your blog, but I so enjoy reading it. So, thank you!

12:38 AM, May 16, 2014  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Sorry we will miss this tour, but I'm thrilled for you at the success of Delancey.

1:33 AM, May 16, 2014  
Blogger Heather Pafchek said...

I just read your Book, Delancey... and I read it in three days... I loved every single page...


2:17 AM, May 16, 2014  
Blogger Emily said...

I always say I am going to do work on the plane. And then I don't do a thing. it is both marvelous and horrible all at the same time.

3:20 AM, May 16, 2014  
Blogger annieb said...

I preordered Delancey months ago from Amazon and received it on the day it was released, sat down and read it cover to cover and then reread A Homemade Life for the fifth time I guess. I loved it! I love them both! I live in Nevada and won't be able to get to any of your tour stops, but someday a friend of mine, who is also a fan, would love to go to Seattle and eat at Delancey. She is from Oklahoma, too, so she really identified with A Homemade Life. Just yesterday I baked the banana bread from your first book for maybe the 20th time. Super!

5:35 AM, May 16, 2014  
Blogger SB said...

Akmak are a solid travel companion. Sorry to miss you on this tour, so I'm happy that you're posting a bit about it - with pictures of delicious food and drink, no less!

7:50 AM, May 16, 2014  
Blogger The Curmudgeon said...

Just read it yesterday! So wonderful.

8:25 AM, May 16, 2014  
Anonymous SarahB said...

Congrats on hitting the NY Times bestseller list!

I realized Delancey had come out when I sat down to order a copy of A Homemade Life for a friend. I was going to send her the Ed Fretwell soup recipe, but no, I just decided she needed the book.

My icing on the it-doesn't-need-icing cake was getting to read the first chapters of Delancey while eating leftover Winning Hearts and Minds cake from Mother's Day. What a great thing.

Thanks for rolling us into your life, for reflecting with honesty and humor. Best wishes for the rest of your travels. I'm so sorry I missed you in DC.

8:46 AM, May 16, 2014  
Blogger Jill said...

It was nice to meet you at The Bookcase in Wayzata, MN the other night.....and your boots are cute too!

9:29 AM, May 16, 2014  
Blogger taratubb said...

Denver really wants to see you!

9:30 AM, May 16, 2014  
Anonymous Juls said...

Congratulations Molly! Your book just reached my house in Tuscany, can't wait to read it!

10:27 AM, May 16, 2014  
Blogger Jeff said...


It was wonderful meeting you last night at Bookshop Santa Cruz. My wife and I thought to ourselves afterward..."we could be friends!" Presumptuous, perhaps, but it's an honest feeling. We both had a lot of fun an very much appreciated your visit.

My wife was a little bummed because she forgot to ask you about Paris; we'll be there in about a week and were wondering if you might recommend anything, just off the top of your head?

Glad we could be a pair of friendly faces, hope to see you at Delancey sometime.

-Jeff (& Sarah)

11:29 AM, May 16, 2014  
Anonymous wanderingeducators said...

WONDERFUL! I love that so many of your books are gone from the shelf. Proud of you! And seriously, the air mattress?

12:44 PM, May 16, 2014  
Anonymous kelli said...

Your links you provide are always the best. I am still visiting that link from a long time ago to Bruce Springsteen explaining "Thunder Road" and then belting it out. I think we are about the same age, and that clip totally got me soaring. I absolutely cannot wait to meet you next month when you come to Bayview in Olympia! Meanwhile, glad you are soaking up all that time on the road and finding ways to enjoy it. Congrats to you!

3:00 PM, May 16, 2014  
Blogger Karen said...


It only took me two days to read Delancey. I finished it with tears rolling down (I am a sap!). I am also a foodie, married, and hope to write a book someday so a ton of your stuff struck home. I loved, loved this book. Your other one sits humbly but proudly on my cookbook shelf. Thanks for being such an inspiration, and for being so real despite your status as a NYT bestseller list author. i hope to make it to delancey/essex someday for a cocktail and a pizza!

3:04 PM, May 16, 2014  
Blogger micheleg said...

Glad to see your ak-mak crackers tucked in your bag. I couldn't travel without them!

3:27 PM, May 16, 2014  
Anonymous Dana W said...

Just finished Delancey and loved every minute it lasted. Makes me want to reread A Homemade Life just to enjoy more of your writing, but now I am off to make a Winning Hearts and Minds cake. Thanks for sharing the writing, the recipes and slices of your life.

7:04 PM, May 16, 2014  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that your children get to eat WH&M cake for breakfast, even if it is only once a year. That is AWESOME!!

2:00 AM, May 17, 2014  
Blogger Katherine P said...

Sounds fun and crazy all at the same time. Delancey was fabulous and fully deserves to be front and center on the NY Times Bestseller list. One of my favorite reads so far this year!

9:08 AM, May 17, 2014  
Blogger HAILEY said...

I bought your book yesterday. Can not wait to devour it like your last one! http://instagram.com/p/oEvxx3gO20/

10:11 AM, May 17, 2014  
Anonymous Denise said...

Congratulations! I love your writing. Any chance you can share the brand of air mattress you mentioned? I've never been able to find a comfortable one. Enjoy the rest of the tour!

11:08 AM, May 17, 2014  
Blogger Buffra said...

I'm in the wrong place to get to meet you on your tour, but continue to have a good one. I bought Croissant and devoured it - it's really lovely. It was kind of a surprise, though I read your blog and had read your first book, but in the best of ways, it was more than I had expected. Congratulations on the NYT status and continued best wishes!

2:25 PM, May 17, 2014  
Anonymous Parker Pearson said...

So glad I went! What were the odds that I'd already be in SF all the way from VA with one day free...staying just blocks from the bookstore? Had to go with the universe on this one!

3:50 PM, May 17, 2014  
Blogger Rebekah said...

Molly, it really was wonderful meeting you today. Thank you for deciding to share your life and the beautiful writing it's lead to. I'm going to go devour my new signed copy of Delancey and make plans to visit its namesake someday soon.

4:30 PM, May 17, 2014  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

Onion, fries, my favorite fast-food and always must be ketchup. Fantastic blog. Have a nice day!

12:52 AM, May 18, 2014  
Anonymous OrangeOwl18 said...

I just finished Delancey and all I can think about is hopping on a plane and eating everything on your menu, stat.

My SIL lived in Ballard for many years and I have fond memories of staying with her in the 90s, I loved the friendly cozy vibe of the neighborhood back then. Reading about your journey makes me so happy you've found your place there.

Lastly, I have been meaning to tell you that I have made your Apple Bundt Cake too many times to count, it haas become a staple for my 14 year old son, who has sworn off sweets in the interest of health and fitness and pursuit of athletic greatness. I'm able to sneak it into his lunchbox by calling it "bread," and actually have to hide the recipe when I make it because I know if he sees the word "cake" he will likely refuse it!

7:59 AM, May 18, 2014  
Anonymous Helle (Helen) said...

Iggy Pop - The Passenger - to me the ultimate travel song.

Have a safe and successful trip

12:12 PM, May 18, 2014  
Blogger echowoman said...

Congratulations! I had the pleasure of meeting you last week in DC and I finished the book in two days. And your dates with olive oil and salt were a huge hit with my husband and kids on Moter's Day!

2:07 PM, May 18, 2014  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those were all great links, I love Brian Eno but never expected an expression like this from him!

Here's an npr link for you, if you haven't already seen it. I love it though you obviously have it nailed with your storytelling capabilities!


4:21 PM, May 18, 2014  
Anonymous Beth @MealsAlone.com said...

Congrats Molly, I will be picking up a copy of Delancy. I will be comparing it to my own story as I have opened two restaurants. I am sure I will enjoy reading about it. I also hope to publish a cookbook someday.
Good luck to you in all the things you undertake.

8:18 AM, May 19, 2014  
Blogger angesinclair said...

I also wish you were coming to Phoenix (doing a reading at Bianco's? that would be all kinds of perfect), but settled instead for reading Delancey cover to cover during a rare two hour toddler nap. Also, I totally want to be in Kelsey's book club.

9:35 AM, May 19, 2014  
Blogger Trading Up said...

I am in the middle of remote Alaska and just started the book! I will always associate it with being up here!

10:30 AM, May 19, 2014  
Blogger mdube said...

I'm so sorry I missed you in Pleasanton. My sister saw you in D.C. and got me a book with your autograph. She is the best little sister. I love Marc Maron and I'm glad you are listening to him too! Thanks for sharing your experiences with food and life!

1:21 PM, May 19, 2014  
Blogger sandi said...

When I saw a box of ak-mak crackers peaking out of your bag I just couldn't resist telling you I was munching on one while reading this post! And hooray for making the NY Times best-seller list. You deserve it!

2:45 PM, May 19, 2014  
Anonymous Alicia A. said...

NY TImes best seller list. No biggie. ; )

If you ever want to come to Kansas City, we've got a real bed you can sleep on...

5:58 AM, May 20, 2014  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I took Delancey to Ft. Lauderdale this past weekend and finished it in a day and a half.....love it and cried over your acknowledgements

4:33 PM, May 20, 2014  
Anonymous Pink Lady Grey Lady said...

Consumed Delancey on trains transporting me to necessary but not fun shorts shopping. Sometimes sat in dressing rooms and read instead of trying on ill-fitting shorts. Appreciated your non-gloss honesty and sentence construction.

Also am a big fan of that Fairway on 125th! Buy a bottle of Roland Extra Strong there every other month!

If looking for more podcasts, try the Other People Podcast: same format as WTF, but the host, Brad Listi, interviews a different writer every week. [http://otherppl.com/]

5:15 AM, May 21, 2014  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My new favorite music to listen to while cooking is Phox and Shakey Graves and my favorite guilty pleasure reading when traveling is STAR magazine. Don't tell anyone. ;)

10:00 AM, May 21, 2014  
Blogger Cate @ Chez CateyLou said...

Congrats on your book! I just ordered it and can't wait to read it. I'm heading to Seattle this weekend for the first time. Thanks for the recs you have in your FAQs - I'm really looking forward to checking some of them out!

10:09 AM, May 22, 2014  
Blogger Kate said...

What a treat it was to have you here in Minnesota! I've been reluctant to crack open my signed copy of Delancey, because then I'll read it straight through and won't have it to look forward to any more. Thanks for stopping by and sharing with us.

1:08 PM, May 22, 2014  
Anonymous Jeff @ Cheese-burger.net said...

Good luck on your book tour. And more success to you!

8:20 PM, May 22, 2014  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on such a successful book tour!

Btw, your blog used to have something at the bottom of each page to click on that said "older posts" to go back to previous ones. No longer. Was this an intentional change?

9:36 PM, May 23, 2014  
Blogger CynHunt said...

Wonderful book, just finished it last night

9:10 AM, May 25, 2014  
Blogger Veronica M. said...

Ah, Santa Cruz. While there, go to Linda's Seabreeze cafe on Seabright. That breakfast changed my life and I still think about it almost daily even though we moved from Santa Cruz to Austin almost 5 years ago. Try the orange poppy seed pancakes if they still have them. You will be delighted.And! Why no Austin stop??? So sad!

4:57 PM, May 25, 2014  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, now I really want to go on a book tour! But, I would have to write a book.... Hey, stranger things have happened.

Sounds like you are having an excellent time and I'm sure your friends & fans are enjoying it too. My sister is in Santa Cruz, or she was, on her honeymoon. Her and her spouse are driving up to Big Sur (they are from Santa Barbara) and taking a week to do it. Life is good. Maybe you all passed each other on the street. =)

8:08 AM, May 27, 2014  
Blogger Gilli Wrightson said...

Hi Molly just sitting up in bed having completed your book on my iPad. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Good luck hope you sell millions


12:59 PM, May 27, 2014  
Anonymous Karen White said...

I'm delighted that I was given Delancey for my birthday!I know I'm going to love it as much as I love 'A Homemade Life'. I'm going to save it until my husband has departed to France for his holiday, then I can laze about and read it cover to cover without interruptions :o)

1:41 PM, May 27, 2014  
Blogger Deardeedle said...

You're so right on the train + Fleet Foxes! I'm glad your travels have been good - the book is such a treasure. I enjoyed it so much!

5:07 PM, May 27, 2014  
Blogger Susan said...

Just finished Delancy! Stayed up late on a school night. My second graders may mention that I look tired tomorrow, but it was so worth it! Molly, you are one talented gal! Thank you for sharing your authentic self with the world. Wishing you and Brandon years of success. When I finally get to the Pacific NW I will be stopping in to be a part of the dinner party!

8:19 PM, May 28, 2014  
Blogger Mary said...

Finished your book in one day. Loved it! I admire your honesty and adore your humour. Wishing you well x

2:20 AM, May 30, 2014  
Anonymous Karen White said...

I'm loving 'Delancey'! I also want to tell you that today I made your Coeur a la creme recipe for the first time. The perfect little heart shaped porcelain moulds filled with delicious creamy mixture are setting in the fridge as I write. I can hardly wait for tomorrow and will have to try extra hard not to eat one for breakfast :o)

2:28 PM, May 30, 2014  
Blogger Peggy said...

Thoroughly enjoyed your book! Here's a mini-review:

4:01 PM, June 01, 2014  
Blogger Aarthi said...


I was there at Book Passage in San Francisco. Since I was with my little one I could not stay for long but I am so glad I got to see you.
Congrats on the NYtimes list!!

11:25 PM, June 01, 2014  
Anonymous Karen White said...

Popping back to tell your that I love Coeur a la Creme! I served mine with a warm summer berry compote. Heaven!

6:12 AM, June 02, 2014  
Blogger Sue Baxter Wells said...

Just bought my copy of Delancy. Loved your first book ... can't wait to dive into the new one!

7:06 PM, June 12, 2014  
Blogger pichburg said...

Mollie...loved both of your books! Will you be posting any of your recipes from Delancey? I'm specifically interested in the Siracha Shrimp one. Both books are on my kindle, so it's more of of a challenge to print them :) Am heading out to Seattle to visit family in November, and I've made them promise to take me to Delancey!

2:17 PM, June 20, 2014  
Anonymous Sam said...

I would also recommend Laura Marling's Alas I Cannot Swim for trains. That + a window seat, and you're set.

9:52 AM, June 26, 2014  

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