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Notoriously Picky Eater Trump Was Subjected to Broccoli Samosas in India

Plus, Chuck Schumer loves his cheesecake, and more news to start your day

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Do these samosas contain broccoli?
Jaya Saxena is a Correspondent at, and the series editor of Best American Food and Travel Writing. She explores wide ranging topics like labor, identity, and food culture.

Twitter is dunking on the menu the President was served in Ahmedabad

Donald Trump is in India this week to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and, presumably, bond over their shared bigotry toward Muslims. One thing standing in the way of this political friendship, however, is that Modi is a vegetarian and has reportedly planned a number of vegetarian meals for the president, despite the fact that a source close to Trump says “I have never seen him eat a vegetable.”

Delicious vegetarian cuisine isn’t hard to come by in India, unless of course the person/president you’re trying to feed has the palate of a particularly picky American third grader. Which is probably what led to the development of this Fortune Landmark hotel menu that is being roundly criticized for the inclusion of broccoli and corn samosas.

Given that one of the most traditional fillings for samosas is potato, it’s not like the hotel needed to find a new vegetarian option, especially considering that fried potatoes are in fact a favorite of non-adventurous eaters in the White House and beyond. Clearly, this is a move to ensure the president spends his entire time in the country suffering from cruciferous farts. Guerrilla gastrointestinal sabotage!

If Trump wants one of his beloved hamburgers while in India, he’ll have to take it up with Modi, who has tried to ban the sale of beef.

And in other news...

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  • Cargill is coming up with its own fake meat to compete with Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat [Reuters]
  • The USDA has developed a test for amatoxins in wild mushrooms, which can help foragers avoid being poisoned. [The Counter]
  • Chuck Schumer has spend $8,600 on Junior’s cheesecake over the past decade, largely as gifts for supporters. [NY Post]
  • Burger King is introducing a french fry sandwich in New Zealand, which sounds like something we’d all come up with when drunk. [CNN]
  • Samin Nosrat really loves citrus and tuna salad. [New Yorker]
  • Presenting the most unhelpful Westernization of an Asian food item: