Drunk eating is a wonderful phenomenon that has been happening since mankind discovered alcohol. Oftentimes, drunk eating requires doing your own cooking. This can be a perilous task, especially if your cooking talents are not top-notch. Seriously, I’m really not sure how college students managed before microwaves. 1 Thankfully, the internet age means there are responsible enthusiastic role models to show our inebriated would-be chefs the way. My Drunk Kitchen’s Hannah Hart has made a living doing exactly this.
Hannah didn’t have the easiest time growing up—and her path to becoming a YouTube star was exactly straightforward. Her dad wasn’t around and her mom is schizophrenic. Money was always tight and good meals were few and far between—Hannah still can’t eat canned peaches. Hannah has had no formal training as a chef, but she does have a great attitude and a deep respect for her food.
Probably because of her childhood, Hannah has never ceased to appreciate what she has been given to eat. While not in a religious manner, Hannah continues to make sure she expresses gratitude for the food in front of her at every meal.
Once she and her friends found jobs and got cars, Hannah found solace in being ability to eat out with her friends. The responsibility of adulthood and providing for herself came with natural freedom. Hannah was able to shape her own life. And that meant her cooking and eating too. Once she realized that people enjoyed watching a drunk semi-experienced cook record her experiences, she became internet famous.
A recurring theme of the Sporkful, how food brings us closer, remains present in this week’s discussion between Hannah and Dan. Hannah’s success demonstrates the benefits of cooking—and eating—as an outlet for her. Food brings her together with those most dear to her, even if those people may not be her actual family. Hannah’s become a YouTube sensation and positive voice for the LGBT community.
Another consistent Sporkful theme that is touched on this week is the l of food experiences. It’s consistent. It transcends most cultural, social and economic barriers. This extends to the intoxicated crowd.
And if you’ve ever had a few drinks and gotten hungry, you’ve at least thought about drunk cooking.
However, it is still always important for a chef to know their audience. Planning a meal for your Aunt Ethel is a bit of different process than a slew of drunk adults. Cooking for drunk people does require a different sort of planning. It’s not just simply cooking the easiest dish possible. There’s a different set of desires that are turned on when alcohol is running your brain. Savory and heavy dishes that soak up the alcohol are best.
Drunk grilled cheese isn’t great just because it’s simple, but because tons of cheese and butter and starch are amazing at appeasing the inebriated stomach and mind. It’s almost as if humans have been hardwired to find hangover-fighting foods.
This week’s episode was a little on the shorter side. I wish we could have gone to the phones to hear about some Sporkful listeners’ favorite drunk cooking creations. I’m torn between pizza rolls and a special Mexican cheese dip one of my good friends makes.
Some of my favorite moments have been bonding over drunk food. It’s often the final component needed to complete the ideal social experience. Close family and friends, good drinks and hearty food are all we really need.
- They may be the reason hot plates are banned ^
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