"The Barefoot Contessa", Food Network
In 1978, Ina Garten found herself working in the White House on nuclear energy policy and thinking, "There's got to be more to life than this!" She saw an ad for a small food store for sale in a place she'd never been: the Hamptons at the end of Long Island. She and her husband drove up to investigate and made the owner an offer on the spot. Two months later she found herself the owner of Barefoot Contessa, a 400-sq.-ft. specialty food store.
Twenty years later, Barefoot Contessa grew to a 3,000-sq.-ft. food emporium where 20 cooks and bakers prepare the food. Twenty-five more employees work in the store helping thousands of customers to choose breads, salads, dinners and baked goods to take home. In 2001, Ina sold the store to her employees, and in 2003, the new owners of Barefoot Contessa, decided to close their doors and go on to new adventures.
In 1999, Ina wrote her first book, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, which was one of the best-selling cookbooks of the year. The book invites readers into her specialty food store and shares the recipes that made it such a success. In 2001, Ina followed with best-selling Barefoot Contessa Parties! , in which she invites readers into her home and shares her ideas and recipes for having parties that are fun for all--including the host. Her follow-up cookbook, Barefoot Contessa Family Style, contains easy recipes to make everyone feel like family. Most recently, Ina released Barefoot in Paris, a collection of easy-to-follow French recipes for the home cook.
Ina has been a columnist for Martha Stewart Living magazine and her food and entertaining ideas are regularly featured in O, the Oprah Magazine. Ina lives in East Hampton, N.Y., and Southport, Conn., with her husband Jeffrey, who is Dean of the Yale School of Management.
Ina currently hosts Barefoot Contessa on Food Network.
The Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten's connections
The dishes featured on "The Barefoot Contessa" certainly look delectable -- fun, flavor-packed, and achievable at home -- but the show is as much about Ina Garten, the contessa herself, as it is about the food. The shows are filmed in Garten's own ...
Houston Press (blog)
Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa Frozen Dinners for Two
Houston Press (blog)
I find Ina Garten to be downright fascinating. Before she was a Food Network personality, she owned a specialty food shop in the veddy-posh Westhampton, New York; before that, she worked for the OMB (Office of Management and Budget) on nuclear energy ...
New York Times
Nick? Toni? Neither
New York Times
Ina Garten, whom you may know as the Barefoot Contessa, declared her to be “the most powerful person in the Hamptons” for her say over the coveted Saturday seating chart. Such power is not gained easily or without some measure of toughness. Do not let ...
Which is where Ina Garten comes in. Her Barefoot Contessa cookbooks are like illicit literature for ladies of a certain staid but gastronomically keen bent (i.e., me); what's more, her recipes are usually pretty good. Admittedly things like Lobster and ...
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