When I told a few people that I had landed an interview with a conservative Republican food writer that hated everything I stand for and believe in, I got two distinct reactions: 1) “Wow, interesting! What are you going to say?” 2) “Why would you do that? You’re just legitimizing them!” And just 6 months ago, I might have thought/said the same as the later, but now things have changed: In my view, I can chose to sit with my back turned and plug my fingers in my ears for the next 4 years, or I can sift through the hysterical media and punditry noise and try to find out the answer to this question FOR MYSELF: Is there anything that conservatives and progressives have in common, or do we just live on separate planets? That’s why I reached out to Julie Kelly. Julie is a mother of two who runs a cooking school out of her home, and also writes about food policy (among other things) for conservative/Republican leaning outlets. There were so many things I wanted to “ask a Republican” after the election, and once I found Julie’s work it struck me that using food as a conduit to conversation would be the perfect way to focus on a specific topic that would shed light in other areas as well. Before I met Julie in person, a lot of her articles made me really mad, but it was clear that my POV was just as irritating to her and I wanted to know why. I traveled to Chicago to meet Julie just before the holidays and had a long discussion with her about food policy, farm subsidies, Michelle Obama’s school food program, food stamps, GMO’s, organic, why she thinks people like Tom Colicchio and Mark Ruffalo are so ridiculous, and more.
(Intro music for the podcast comes from Bensound)