There's certainly something unsettling about the way in which Google can draw lines between unexpected things, given how much it knows about us. But that information also has its charms, as when Google's team decided, for some reason, to see how recipe searches in New York correlated to searches of presidential candidates.
So, in the interests of allowing you to reach your own conclusions about the symbolism here, this is what they found.
Hillary Clinton: Shrimp scampi recipes and recipes involving quinoa. Also, arugula salad, which is a nice callback to 2008.
Bernie Sanders: Vegan passover recipes and "authentic" Mexican ones. As a separate item, "authentic Mexican enchilada recipe."
Donald Trump: Pork chops, rice bowls, and "double chocolate quest bars." (A possible explanation for the pork chop one is provided above.)
Ted Cruz: Kung pao chicken, carrot bisque and "salad." Here, if you're curious, is a recipe for "salad."
John Kasich: Filet mignon. (Will Kasich win Wall Street? Stay tuned.)
What does this tell us? Not much. But it's good for jokes.
More interesting is to look at the trends of interest in the candidates over time. On Tuesday, Google's trends team created graphics showing the rise of searches for Sanders and Trump over time. It's hard to compare the two, so we used trend data to compare the remaining five candidates directly.
Since the beginning of last year, the big winner has been Donald Trump. More people spent 2015 searching for information on Trump than any other candidate -- by a wide margin.
Since voting began, that pattern has shifted a bit. Bernie Sanders matched Trump's searches on the days of the Iowa and New Hampshire voting. One of John Kasich's biggest spikes came on the day of the New Hampshire primary as well -- which ended up being fairly predictive of his finish in the state. Likewise with the Ohio primary on Mar. 15.
But notice that overall interest for Trump has dipped substantially of late, back down to levels we saw in January and February. Interestingly, that coincides with an apparent dip in interest on other social media traffic, as noted by Yahoo's Sam Ro.
It also coincides with a lull in voting in large or multiple states, of course. We can expect a spike in searches with the advent of the New York primary -- though so far today such a spike isn't apparent.
That's often the problem with Google search data: We're never quite sure what it means.
Except that people should know how to make salad.