My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with Your Gut is a cook/biography/self-help/humor book written by YouTube star Hannah Hart. It is quite fitting that the book defies classification because Hannah’s perspectives are always fun and unique.
As Hannah herself makes clear right from the start, My Drunk Kitchen is about more than just cooking. Hannah shares her personality and her feelings with her readers, as well as her past and dreams for the future. Her advice is heartfelt, although often clothed in humor, and sincerity is Hannah’s greatest strength as a writer. From her candid discussion of dating and ex’s to her family issues, Hannah establishes a connection with her readers by sharing her life experiences. Some readers may deal with some of the same issues that Hannah has, so her openness is all the more valuable.
My Drunk Kitchen‘s visually appealing layout makes the book a treat to read because there is a surprise on every page. Hannah scatters plenty of thoughtful quotes, quirky sketches, hilarious pictures, and highly useful “pro-tips” throughout the book. The high-quality photos, varied colors and fonts, and life lessons are enough to hold any reader’s attention. Also, there are puns. There are so many wonderful puns! From visual puns to written puns, Hannah even makes sure to apologize to the reader for her punnery. I, however, think Hannah should be writing “you’re welcome,” because the puns truly infuse her sense of humor into the pages. I especially enjoy her drawing of a very happy piece of Swiss cheese holding a glass of wine on the last page with a caption that reads “Thanks for reading! Swiss you already!” How could you not enjoy that?
Many of the recipes are creative and useful, such as “The Hartwich” and Ca-pray-zay,” but there are more joke recipes than I expected. One clever “recipe” is “Cleaning Out the Garage” and the ingredients include “the neighbor’s kid who will help you lift heavy objects for $50 a day.” There is nothing wrong with these joke recipes, in fact they are pretty hilarious and often bursting Hannah’s puns, but they also reduce the number of actual recipes that are in the book. I also wish that the recipes included measuring instructions. Although many of Hannah’s recipes do not require much in the way of measuring, some guidelines would be helpful.
My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with Your Gut covers so many different genres of books that almost anyone should enjoy reading it. If you are not familiar with Hannah, check out her YouTube channel and see what you have been missing out on!
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