If John Podesta retires from politics, he may have a spot on one of America’s cooking shows due to his talent for making dishes like risotto.
John Podesta has had many political headlines in 2016, relating to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, but he is also the center of culinary news of the oddest type possible.
For example, John Podesta’s risotto recipe is a savory side dish that became popular after the release of the WikiLeaks scandal.
On December 16, Domenico Montanaro of NPR tweeted that President Obama recently confirmed it was John Podesta’s risotto recipe in the emails.
Other tweets from December 16 at Obama’s last press conference of 2016 quoted the president chastising the media about WikiLeaks, and Obama allegedly stated the following.
“You guys wrote about it every day…including John Podesta’s risotto recipe. This was an obsession that dominated the news coverage.”
In addition to John Podesta’s risotto recipe, he allegedly had seven food-related emails gleaned from the WikiLeaks dump, according to Mother Jones.
For example, John Podesta was in touch with Gary Hirshberg of Stonyfield Yogurt. It also appears that John Podesta might get recipe ingredients from Safeway or Costco.
For the record, John Podesta’s risotto recipe is in fact a cooking tip from 2015. At the time, John Podesta got an email from Peter Huffman of Merrill Lynch, and he wanted a specific tip about adding broth gradually instead of adding all the broth at the beginning of the risotto cooking.
According to the WikiLeaks email from John Podesta, risotto is best cooked when the broth is added slowly throughout the cooking process.
Otherwise, John Podesta warns Peter Huffman that without the slow liquid add-in and the stirring, the rice will not give up its starch “which gives the risotto it’s creamy consistency.”
On Twitter, some foodies pointed out that the best “October surprise” that WikiLeaks provided was John Podesta’s risotto recipe.
While the risotto tips from John Podesta were fun headlines, other foodie headlines related to him are more nefarious.
For example, John Podesta is often associated with the search term “pizza.” Now called the #PizzaGate scandal, as previously reported by the Inquisitr, there was a long-winded conspiracy theory being proposed by Alex Jones and his InfoWars website against John Podesta.
It was alleged by the InfoWars website that an interaction in 2015 between John Podesta and Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant’s owner might have been a cover for a pedophilia ring.
Promoting this fake news about John Podesta and the PizzaGate scandal led Edgar Maddison Welch to go to Comet Ping Pong on December 4 with the intent of breaking up pedophilia crimes and Welch allegedly brought several weapons.
Another weird fake news story about John Podesta that has a foodie edge is the allegations against him possibly being a Satanist because he had a WikiLeaks email that contained the words “spirit cooking.”
This particular email gained focus on November 4, and Washington Post explains it was from John Podesta’s brother, Tony, and forwarded from Marina Abramovic.
In the email, Marina Abramovic, a performance artists and native of Yugoslavia, wanted to know if John Podesta would be going with Tony for her hosted dinner which she referred to as a “Spirit Cooking dinner.”
John Podesta might not be cooking spirits or committing criminal acts against children in a pizza restaurant, but on June 2, 2014, he did say he loves “running and cooking.”
Raised in Chicago, John Podesta once explained that he adopted his love of cooking from his Greek Orthodox mother, according to New York Times.
One other positive thing about John Podesta is that he loves to cook and share, according to Huffington Post.
On April 10, 2015, John Podesta cooked a big dinner for at least 30 people, including about 24 journalists and members of the campaign staff.
The party gathered at John Podesta’s house for pasta with walnut sauce as well as a shrimp appetizer, cookies made from scratch, and a choice of beverages that included Brooklyn Lager.
In a piece about John Podesta as a politician, details about a dinner he hosted was recorded in 2009 by Politico. At the time, John Podesta stated he did not use recipes, cooked like a chemist, and only looked through cookbooks for ideas.
For his dinner party of six, John Podesta single-handedly cooked a full menu with tomato halves with homemade pesto, risotto with sautéed leeks and radicchio, Brussels sprouts roasted with thyme; bok choy, and baked tilapia sprinkled with olives and capers.
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