Do you need to be Mayor of New York? Know your wings and dumplings higher

In his book, Mr. Adams describes how he woke up with vision problems in March 2016 and learned that he had diabetes. After years of eating fast foods like McDonald’s and KFC, Mr. Adams decided to make a lifestyle change with his partner, Tracey Collins, a former headmistress.

The book contains plenty of practical advice, “Don’t brag (when you start to look this good)” and discuss health differences in the black community.

Now when Mr. Adams eats with community leaders, he first searches the menu for starters and side dishes and orders something simple like broccoli or hummus. When he is offered something homemade, he tries to be polite.

“I am a master at moving food on the plate,” he said with a laugh.

Mr Adams isn’t even the only candidate with a cookbook: Scott M. Stringer, the city calculator, published one on healthy eating in East Harlem in 2008. But Mr. Stringer is not an experienced chef. His contribution to the book was a list of ten takeaway ordering tips, including: “Please get dressed.”

Mr Stringer said he learned some kitchen basics after marrying his wife Elyse Buxbaum in 2010.

“Pre-Elyse, I was a connoisseur of the West Side Takeout,” he said. “Now I am proud to say that I can cook better. I can make pasta and throw tomato sauce on it. “

When asked about his best meal on the campaign, Mr. Stringer sounded dejected that he was mostly stuck in his bedroom closet during video chats.

“Take-away sushi in the middle of zooming,” he said.

The silver lining may avoid the pitfalls candidates expect in choosing public foods.

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