WikilLeaks Hack: John Podesta’s Secrets For Creamy Risotto Unveiled

With the presidential campaign in full swing in the USA, Hillary Clinton’s emails have been the subject of much debate over the past year or so — now, a plethorea of emails unearthed by Wikileaks is sure to add fuel to the fire. And that fire can be ignited to make creamy, gooey risotto, John Podesta-style.


A few things have already come to light as a result of the most recent data dump of emails from those in the Clinton camp. Among them that Podesta, the chairman of Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, is apparently a big fan of risotto. So much so that others come to him for advice on how to perfect the dish.

In an email with Peter Huffman, a former senior official within the Clinton Foundation in Africa, Podesta shares the secrets:

Risotto is a complicated thing, with most recipes calling for a laborious sequence of events, including stirring stock for a lengthy period of time! Naturally, Huffman had a question that’s probably been on any risotto-maker’s mind after 30 minutes of stirring: Why can’t you just add all of the stock at once?

“The slower add process and stirring causes the rice to give up its starch which gives the risotto its creamy consistency,” writes Podesta in his reply. “You won’t get that if you dump all that liquid at once.”

Unfortunately for Podesta, that’s not entirely accurate. According to The Food Lab, the notion that broth should only be added to risotto gradually, to release the starch, is a myth: “Most of the starch that thickens a risotto resides in fine particles on the surface of the rice from the very beginning — stirring and jostling have little to do with its release.”

My my, food and politics are equally complicated, huh?