My name is Molly Wizenberg, and I write this blog.
I live in Seattle, but I grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I like peanut butter, fried eggs, scrambled eggs, meatballs, cabbage, sausage, raspberries, soup dumplings, chocolate, ice cream, and nectarines, though preferably not all at once.
I started Orangette in July of 2004. I had just decided to quit a Ph.D. program in cultural anthropology, and I didn’t know what to do with myself. The only thing I knew was that, whatever I did, it had to involve food and writing. I thought it might be kind of great to write for a food magazine someday, but I had no idea how. In the meantime, I decided I would just get a job doing whatever, and then write after hours. I told a journalist friend about my decision, and being very wise, he suggested that I start a blog. It would help hold me accountable, he said: having a blog would force me to sit down and write regularly, even when it felt difficult. So I started Orangette.
Ten(!!!) years later, here I am, with this blog, a book, a second book, and a husband whom I met through this site. In August of 2009, he and I opened a restaurant called Delancey, and in August of 2012, we opened Essex, a bar and restaurant next door to Delancey. And less than a month later, on September 9, 2012, our daughter June was born. And—wait! almost forgot—I also co-host the food-and-comedy podcast Spilled Milk with my friend Matthew Amster-Burton.
It’s been insane, mostly in a good way. Mostly. Thanks so much for stopping by.