What Ina Garten Would Serve 4 Politicians (Including Donald Trump)

updated May 24, 2019
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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.

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.


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!