Ina Garten and Taylor Swift have a few things in common. The pair has been good friends, ever since they cooked together for a now iconic spread in Food Network Magazine. They both churn out mega-hits (cookbooks and albums), have huge fan bases, are both (fairly) universally beloved, and until very recently, were both pretty mum on the topic of politics.
Just last week Ina told HuffPo: "I don't talk about politics. I don't know if people know what my political beliefs are or not, but I just think it's kind of like people's diets: You worry about your diet and I'll worry about mine."
However Taylor Swift has notably taken to Instagram in the past few weeks to encourage her fans to register to vote, even going as far as to endorse specific Democratic candidates.
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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! 🗳😃🌈
So here's one conspiracy theory I'm happy to spread like wildfire: Swift's recent calls to action regarding the upcoming midterm elections (on November 6th!!!) have inspired her pal Ina to at long last throw her potholder into the political ring.
LOOK WHAT YOU MADE HER DO, TAYLOR.
Last night, I went to see Ina Garten live in conversation with The New York Times' Op Ed columnist, Frank Bruni at the 92nd St Y, and finally heard Ina's unfiltered opinions on our country's contentious political climate through her love language: Food.
Bruni asked Ina, the perfect hostess that she is, what she would serve four particular politicians if they came over for dinner, in no particular order.
Before learning the identity of anyone on the list, Ina said, "Remember, I only invite people over that I love!" but then agreed to play along...
Elizabeth Warren: "Hmm, well I'm not going to serve caviar. Or foie gras. Oh, pasta! Since she's from Massachusetts, I'll make lobster mac and cheese."
Beto O'Rourke: "From Texas, I love him! I'd make something like slow-roasted pork shoulder, with maple baked beans and cornbread. And make it a little modern with kale salad."
Joe Biden: "Something fun! Something you need to eat with your hands. In my first book, there are instructions for how to pull off a big clambake. People need to roll up their sleeves, and you just dump a huge bowl of clams and lobsters in the middle of the table. Wouldn't Joe Biden like that?"
Donald Trump: "A subpoena!"
Mum's no longer the word, Ina!