Read John Green's introduction to Hannah Hart's 'My Drunk Kitchen'
Looking for intoxicating recipes? Look no further than Hannah Hart’s YouTube channel. Over 1.3 million subscribers watch My Drunk Kitchen, Hart’s show where she cooks while drunk, makes puns, and cuts using only a butter knife (to stay safe).
Last year, The Fault in Our Stars author John Green guest starred on the show. Now, Hart has written a tongue-in-cheek cookbook, which is out Tuesday, titled My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with Your Gut, and Green has written a foreword to help her out on her literary exploits. Check it out in full below.
BY JOHN GREEN
All the great food writers—from MFK Fisher to Julia Child—have understood that cooking and eating are not just about sustenance. We bring to our food all that is inside of us—the joy and the grief, and at times the intoxication—and the food is changed by the spirit in which we prepare it. I still remember the saddest peanut butter and jelly sandwich I ever made: I was twenty-two. My longtime girlfriend had dumped me. I had no career prospects and no money. I was living in a walk-in closet in a basement apartment in Chicago. A few days earlier, I’d reached for my box of Cheerios and the box jumped, because it contained a mouse.
I also remember the happiest PBJ of my life: Days after getting engaged, my now wife and I were in her apartment, drinking way too much wine, looking through her fridge for something we could make together.
Precisely the same ingredients resulted, of course, in vastly different sandwiches. The saddest PBJ superglued my tongue to the roof of my mouth with peanut butter, and the bread had all the flavor of construction paper. The happiest PBJ tasted like rainbows and roses. And this is the wonder of Hannah Hart’s drunk kitchen: Whether you are deep in sadness or the happiest you’ve ever been, Hannah Hart knows how to make it better. She makes you feel less alone in the dark night of the soul, and even more joyful in the good times.
Hannah’s YouTube channel rocketed to popularity not merely because she is punnily hilarious and knows how to make a fine drunken meal, but because like all the best food writers, in the process of teaching us how to cook she teaches us something about how to live. Hannah’s fans are motivated by their love for her and for each other to raise money for charity and to volunteer in food kitchens around the world. We feel better about being ourselves because of her.
Food, when wielded properly, can make us more caring and generous. And no one understands this better than Hannah Hart. So yes, this book is hilarious, and you will enjoy every page of it. But make no mistake: Beneath it all lies the message that we must love ourselves and one another, and that together we can make it through.