Kamala Harris Unwinds by Reading Cookbooks and Loves Mediterranean Food
2020 has included an action-packed news cycle, with a pandemic, social justice movement, wild weather and an election—just to name a few. On the latter front, big news came this week when Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris as his running mate.
With her firm stance during one of last fall's presidential candidate debates that the we need to focus on "what we eat because we have a problem in America," including taking a keen look at the amount of sugar and red meat we eat, we were curious about what Harris likes to eat—and how she keeps a level head as a senator, parent, wife and now-candidate.
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Her social media is fairly food-free, save for this epic New Year's spread she cooked with her best friend a couple years ago:
We did uncover a fascinating interview from nearly two years ago to the day, though, in which Harris shared her daily routine with The Cut. In it, she revealed a very relatable self-care strategy (that we might just try ourselves tonight). "If I've had a particularly crazy day, I try to squeeze in a nice hot bath before I go to bed," Harris told The Cut. "And I have a hot cup of tea, usually some kind of chamomile. One of the things that I do to relax at the end of the day is I read recipes. I have a whole collection of cookbooks, so if I'm at home, I read them. It could be Marcella Hazan or Alice Waters." She also sweats away stress on the elliptical, spin bike or in the pool
As for breakfast, Harris told The Cut: "I usually stand at my kitchen counter eating some kind of Raisin Bran in almond milk while I look at my schedule for the day. It's the generic Raisin Bran that I get from the grocery store—I try to not have a lot of sugar in it. I have tea with honey and lemon and then I'm out the door," she added.
Sunday dinner is what grounds her during the craziest of times. "If I'm cooking, I feel like I'm in control of my life. Recently I've been on this Mediterranean kick," Harris said. "My daughter only eats fish, no meat, so last weekend I made swordfish and I toasted cardamom and cumin seeds and did that with garlic and onion and lemon and kind of marinated it, and it was really delicious. Then I made lamb meatballs for everybody with mint and parsley and a little cilantro, and then I did this yogurt thing with cucumbers and a little sumac."
Now that sounds like a family dinner we'd love to crash.