Ina Garten is imparting fans a intimate about her political beliefs.
During an on-stage interview with The New York Times’ Frank Bruni on Thursday, the Food Network star answered questions about cooking, reputation, pop culture, and politics and the upcoming midterm elections.
In front of a jam-packed audience at the 92Y in New York City, Bruni told the celebrity chef that they would be talking about politics “in a extremely neutered, safe way” and asked Garten, who was promoting her brand-new cookbook Cook Like a Pro, if she thought people are devouring differently because of the political mood in the country.
Garten’s response: “I think there’s been examines that people who are Republicans eat certain ways and Democrat feed certain ways, ” she said. “I think it was something in The Daily, there was a study that said Republican tend to be more meat and potatoes, and, I entail, plainly it’s not everyone, and Democrat tend to eat more ethnic food … more interested in more challenging things.”
Bruni followed up with a identify association play, where he tossed out the call of a prominent legislator and questioned Garten to suggest a dish she would serve him or her for dinner. “Well, first, I merely invite people I enjoy, ” joked Garten, before playing along.
First up was Sen. Elizabeth Warren, to which Garten responded: “Something really simple like a pasta. Oh, she’s from Massachusetts so the government had lobster, so I’d do lobster mac and cheese.”
Second, Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke: “Hmm, Texas. Love him. Maybe like a slow-roasted pork shoulder, something a little Texas. It’s one of my favorite dinners, actually. And maple baked beans, and make it a little modern with a little kale salad and some cornbread, ” she answered.
Third, former vice president Joe Biden: “Something merriment! Something you need to eat with your hands. I have a big clam cook, ” she said. “It’s lobster and clams and prawn and sausage and potatoes. And I just dump a huge bowl in the middle and everyone merely has to roll up their sleeves and simply dig in. Wouldn’t Joe Biden like that? ”
And, ultimately, President Donald Trump: “A subpoena, ” she soon answered, as she and the crowd burst into laugh. “Is that political? ” Garten asked with a laughter as the audience applauded.
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Bruni continued the theme of politics, questioning Garten what she plans to eat for dinner on Nov. 6, the night of the midterm elections. “Well it depends on how it’s running, ” she said. “It could either be a pint of Haagen Dazs or I don’t know, what’s my favorite dinner? Roast chicken .”
Before Garten became a household name as a Food Network star, she was a nuclear-budget analyst at the Office of Management and Budget in Washington , D.C ., under the Jimmy Carter Administration–a career path that was inspired by her husband Jeffrey, who was working at the State Department.
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