Nashville's Hannah Messinger is no stranger to the word delicious. The writer, photographer, and now newly appointed Brand Manager at POP Nashville (a restaurant group featuring Little Octopus, one of Nashville's best new offerings) spends a lot of time around amazing food and drink. So it's no surprise that she named her blog — which features recipes, photography, and more — Nothing But Delicious.
"I wish I could say that I had any kind of vision, that I had thought it through, that I had a plan," Hannah says, "but I can't. The truth is that in 2011, I started my blog because I hated office food. You know what I'm talking about? The sheet cake? The BBQ? The drink-it-down-and-don't-ask-questions kool-aid that management surreptitiously leaves in the break room to boost morale?
"Nine months into my desk job booking rooms for a hotel chain, my blog started as kind of a mantra. Nothing. But. Delicious. Before I put anything into my mouth, I would ask myself, 'Is this actually good, or am I eating it because it makes me feel like I'm making extra money by not paying for lunch?' Once I got into the habit of eating well, the world around me seemed to blossom with opportunity. Every night was a chance to learn a new recipe, and each new recipe was a chance to make tweaks and develop my own dish. I was surprised at how much I had to say about all of it, so I wrote it all down and, well, that lead me to where I am today — a food writer, stylist, and photographer. I have styled two local cookbooks, a handful of articles for big magazines like Better Homes & Gardens, and have been featured in Food & Wine Magazine."
We've pulled a handful of our favorite photos and recipes from Hannah's blog and Instagram for your viewing (and eating) pleasure, just in time for the holiday season.
Portrait of the blogger on a cheese-finding mission in Denver, CO.
Cranberry relish pie — recipe here.
Styled table from a Christmas dinner at Acme Nashville.
Tomato Mayo Pie — recipe here.
Creme Fraiche cookies — recipe here.