Hannah Kaminsky is:
- Prolific, with five, count ‘em five, bestselling cookbooks including her newest, Real Food, Really Fast.
- Persevering, with over a decade blogging at BitterSweet .
- Talented, not just in recipe development and food photography, but in knitting, crocheting and crafting adorable things —activities requiring so much patience and precision, they just strike me as punishing.
- Petite, professional and demure.
About item #4 — it’s true, but that’s not all of it. Hannah possesses hidden depths. There’s a reason she named her blog BitterSweet. Though sweet-natured, she harbors the occasional dark impulse. Take this recipe headnote from Real Food, Really Fast: “Ever have such a frustrating day that you just feel as though you could just beat someone up?”
This part of Hannah does not come out much in her blog, but I like her for it. I also like that she channels such dark impulses into positive energy. Rather whale on some unfortunate person, she crushes cukes. It takes only minutes (and we mean less than 10), gives this mild, quenching vegetable incredible texture and is a safe and effective way to take out your aggression, too. Hannah goes even further, adding za’atar, a soulful Middle Eastern spice blend of sesame, thyme and sumac. Za’atar graces everything it touches, including this salad. It’s the ticket for summer.
Other things to like about Hannah:
- the way she dotes on her new puppy, Luka.
- Her recipes work. That scored points me with from the get-go.
- Self-taught in the kitchen, Hannah is generous about sharing the kitchen hacks she’s discovered through experience. She puts the real in Real Food, Really Fast.