Hi, hello. I’m Hannah Messinger and I never know how to answer the question “what do you do?” because I do and have done so many things within the food industry. I have often answered “anything people offer me money for,” which now that I’m typing it, neither sounds good nor is true. I will not take money for any job requiring me to sit at a desk. Last time I did that, the desk ended up being more of a hut for crying on the bottom and a Yayoi Kusama installation on the top.

Here is a short list of what I get to call accomplishments instead of career failures because I’m in my 30’s, not my 20’s: photojournalist, professional cake decorator, food blogger, recipe developer, director of production at a design firm, food photographer, restaurant group branding specialist, marketing department content creator, pop-up dinner series host/cook. My work has been featured in Food & Wine, Food 52, Edible Nashville, The Tennessean, Nashville Lifestyles, Native Magazine, and The Huffington Post, to name a few. I’ve styled a handful of cookbooks- most recently Rob Newton’s Seeking the South, which comes out in October of 2019.

These days I only claim the titles food stylist, writer, podcast host, professional people feeder. Above all else I am an evangelist for being a cheap cook. Every Monday since September of 2018 people have written in to me on Instagram about what odds & ends they have in their kitchen, then I tell them what I’d make. That’s how the Pantry Raid podcast was born, as a conversation between me and people struggling to cook what they have on hand without a recipe. It’s a conversation I hope to continue having in many forms for many years to come.

I call Nashville, TN home. I spend most of my time in my quiet suburban rancher with my geriatric dog and my bread-making partner.