One day, sad cubicle dweller and otherwise bored New York transplant Hannah Hart decided, as a joke, to make a fake cooking show for her friend back in California. She turned on the camera, pulled out some bread and cheese, and then, as one does, started drinking. (Doesn't everyone cook with a spoon in one hand and a bottle of wine in the other?) The video went viral and an online sensation was born.
“My Drunk Kitchen” includes recipes, stories, full color photos, and drawings to inspire your own culinary adventures in tipsy cooking. It is also a showcase for Hannah Hart's great comedic voice. Hannah offers key drink recommendations, cooking tips (like, remember to turn the oven off when you go to bed) and shares never-before-seen recipes such as:
- The Hartwich (Knowledge is ingenuity! Learn from the past!)
- Can Bake (Inventing things is hard! You don't have to start from scratch!)
- Latke Shotkas (Plan ahead to avoid a night of dread!)
- Tiny Sandwiches (Size doesn't matter! Aim to satisfy.)
- Saltine Nachos (It's not about resources! It's about being resourceful.
This is a book for anyone who believes they have what it takes to make a soufflé for the holiday party and show up the person who apparently has nothing better to do than bake things from scratch. It also recommends the drink you'll need to accompany any endeavor of this magnitude. In the end, “My Drunk Kitchen” may not be your go-to guide for your next dinner party . . . but it will make you laugh and drink . . . I mean think . . . about life. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
I was extremely excited to give this book a read as I had heard fantastic things about the videos. Not only that, the write-up looked hilarious! But I was little disappointed with the execution of the book. There was a lot of effort to be both heartfelt and funny. I’m not saying that’s mutually exclusive, but it felt a bit forced quite often. There were certainly moments I did laugh out loud or find something that made me reflective, but overall I struggled to get through the book.
I did enjoy the photos and have contemplated trying some of the recipes. Other than when drinking, however, I don’t think I’ll be trying any of the recipes on a daily basis.
Rating: 3 stars!
Who should read it? Fans of the YouTube station! I’d definitely recommend checking that out, but as a book it just doesn’t translate as well.
Want to read the whole series? Check out the YouTube station online!