Food with ‘Hart’

YouTube star Han­nah Hart ex­plores culi­nary hot spots

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COOKING THIS WEEK - By An­drew War­ren

Here’s a con­fes­sion that shouldn’t come as much of a sur­prise: I love food. As much as I do, though, Han­nah Hart prob­a­bly loves it more. Heck, she has her own cook­ing-ori­ented YouTube chan­nel with mil­lions of sub­scribers and hun­dreds of mil­lions of views.

That chan­nel, “My Drunk Kitchen,” is pretty much just what its ti­tle ad­ver­tises: Hart cooks while in­tox­i­cated, to great comedic and culi­nary ef­fect. Con­cerns about overindul­gence aside, it’s been a huge hit since its first episodes in 2011, and now Hart has made the tran­si­tion from web to tele­vi­sion with a new Food Net­work show.

“I Hart Food” pre­mieres Mon­day, Aug. 14, on Food Net­work, and Hart serves as both host and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer. Over six episodes, the me­dia per­son­al­ity with a laugh-out-loud sense of hu­mor fol­lows her stom­ach to some of the coun­try’s top re­gional food hot spots, where she finds some amaz­ing lo­cal dishes, and equally amaz­ing peo­ple.

In Mon­day’s pre­miere, Hart is in Santa Fe, New Mex­ico, where the food is just as hot as it is out­doors. She’s there to check out a lo­cal culi­nary tra­di­tion: red and green chilies on ev­ery­thing. Whether it’s on an al­lAmer­i­can ham­burger or a Mex­i­can chili rel­leno, the lit­tle heat bombs are ev­ery­where, giv­ing the city’s culi­nary scene a vi­brantly col­or­ful and oh-sospicy per­son­al­ity.

Over the next five episodes, Hart heads to Port­land, Maine; Asheville, North Carolina; Min­ne­ap­o­lis, Min­nesota; Eu­gene, Ore­gon; and Mis­soula, Mon­tana. At each stop, she not only checks out the city’s eclec­tic food scene but also its peo­ple. Hart’s an en­ter­tain­ing, out­go­ing per­son­al­ity and has no trou­ble at all find­ing an “in” with the lo­cals. Af­ter all, to truly ex­pe­ri­ence a city’s food, you also have to ex­pe­ri­ence the peo­ple who get to en­joy it ev­ery day.

Hart may be best known for the award-win­ning “My Drunk Kitchen,” but that’s just one of her ac­com­plish­ments. Her books “My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eat­ing, Drink­ing and Go­ing with Your Gut” and “Buffer­ing: Un­shared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded,” are both New York Times best­sellers, and she’s cre­ated a phil­an­thropic com­mu­nity, “Have a Hart Day,” which pushes young peo­ple to vol­un­teer in their com­mu­ni­ties.

Han­nah Hart loves food and she loves peo­ple. The two come to­gether in “I Hart Food,” pre­mier­ing Mon­day, Aug. 14, on Food Net­work.

Han­nah Hart stars in “I Hart Food”

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