Food in the Field gives a sneak peek into what CNN's team is eating as they travel the globe. Today's contributor, John King is anchor of CNN’s 7 p.m. ET program, John King, USA, and CNN’s chief national correspondent.
I love diners and other casual community eateries because comfort food equals comfortable conversation, and when people are relaxed in a place that feels like home you learn more about them and what drives their politics.
Don’t get me wrong, I'm also in it for the food. I’m a fairly basic guy for breakfast, but can be enticed away from the usual scrambled eggs and homefries by a glimpse at a neighboring table's pancakes or the smell of beignets.
A diner menu can tell you a lot about where you are, from the huckleberry milkshakes of western Idaho to the pork-laden specials at most of the great diners of Iowa political travels.
UPDATE- John T. closed the segment out saying, "There is hope in barbecue." Amen, sir. Amen.
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Wolfgang Ban and Eduard Frauneder are co-owners and executive chefs of Seäsonal Restaurant & Weinbar in New York City. Their modern interpretations of classic Austrian and Germain cuisine earned the restaurant a Michelin star.
With the kick-off of Oktoberfest quickly approaching on September 18, it's never too early to grab your beer mug and start tapping into those fall brews.
Five Beers for an Authentic Oktoberfest: Wolfgang Ban and Eduard Frauneder
"Your hands are your best tools!" says Lidia Bastianich, often called the godmother of Italian-American cooking. She shows CNN's Maggie Lake how to get down and dirty with homemade pizza dough.
Her latest enterprise, along with son Joe Bastianich and celebrity chef Mario Batali, is "Eataly" - a 40,000 square foot Italian emporium, housing seven in-house restaurants and specializing in imported Italian goods, many previously unseen stateside.
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