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What Would Ina Garten Serve Trump? ‘A Subpoena’

The Barefoot Contessa reveals her political leanings for the first time

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Last night, at an event to promote her new cookbook, Cook Like a Pro: Recipes and Tips for Home Cooks, author and Food Network host Ina Garten revealed some of her personal political beliefs for the first time. In an interview with former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni, she thought about what she’d serve to some notable politicians.

Elizabeth Warren? “Lobster macaroni and cheese.”

Beto O’Rourke? “Pulled pork shoulder with maple beans, cornbread, and a kale salad.”

Joe Biden? “Something fun, like a lobster and clambake.”

Donald Trump? “A subpoena.”

The audience roared.

Years ago, Garten worked in the White House Office of Management and Budget under presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter; she was an advisor on national nuclear energy policy. But since Trump took office, the Barefoot Contessa has been pretty mum about her political beliefs. Perhaps, like the rest of us, she’s finally had quite enough. Rather than serve the president dinner, she’d get right to the point. How easy is that?