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Oklahoma City native’s cookbook also recipe for life

by Dave Cathey Published: March 4, 2009
As of yesterday, Oklahoma City native Molly Wizenberg is a published author. Food and family are her muses.

The 1997 Casady graduate and daughter of Toni and the late Morris Wizenberg now lives in Seattle and writes a food blog called Orangette, which she said draws about 8,000 unique visitors a day. She also is a contributor to Bon Appetit.

Her book, "A Homemade Life,” has great recipes and, like Orangette, is about much more: death, dying, loss, love, living, fear and loathing — but not in Las Vegas.

The common thread for Wizenberg’s ability, or inability, to cope with life’s obstacles is food. Each chapter starts with a recollection and ends with a recipe. She measures and yields her words with grace and aplomb, sharing life experiences and using recipes as common ground.

When her father died, she wrote about it. When she engaged in an Internet romance with a reader that turned into marriage, she wrote about it. No holding back.

The only thing she appears to love as much as food and writing is family. She writes about how all her family members influenced her, most poignantly when she recalls her parents’ love of the kitchen and all the things that came from it.

Wizenberg says she is indebted to the teachers of Westminster and Casady schools, who shepherded her as a blossoming writer.

When Wizenberg was a first-grader, Toni thought her daughter’s aptitude for math necessitated a math track, but Headmistress Charlotte Gibbens said Molly’s teachers noted a talent with words and recommended language arts.

Mom agreed, and the rest is documented in 313 pages by Simon & Schuster.

by Dave Cathey
Food Editor
The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene.
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