Ina Garten’s first book, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, was published in 1999 and was one of the best selling cookbooks of the year. She has since gone on to write thirteen phenomenally successful cookbooks, including Barefoot Contessa Parties!, Barefoot Contessa Family Style, Barefoot in Paris, Barefoot Contessa at Home, Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics, Barefoot Contessa, How Easy is That?, Barefoot Contessa Foolproof, Make It Ahead, Cooking for Jeffrey (named the bestselling print cookbook of 2016 by Publishers Weekly), Cook Like a Pro, and Modern Comfort Food. Her latest cookbook is Go-To Dinners (Clarkson Potter, Oct 25, 2022). She is also working on a memoir to be released in October 2024.
In 2002 Food Network approached Ina Garten to do a cooking show based on her cookbooks and her love of entertaining. She was reluctant but decided to challenge herself to do 13 shows. Today her Emmy-winning cooking show, Barefoot Contessa, is one of the highest rated shows on Food Network. Ina Garten received the 2014 James Beard Foundation Broadcast and New Media Award in the category of Outstanding Personality/Host for her show Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics (Food Network). The newest Barefoot Contessa show, Barefoot Contessa: Modern Comfort Food received the 2022 Daytime Emmy award for Outstanding Culinary Series. In 2021 she starred in Cocktails and Tall Tales With Ina Garten and Melissa McCarthy on discovery+. Premiering in March 2022, her new series, Be My Guest, is multi-platform and structured with three distinct versions: an hour-long extended cut on discovery+, a food-centric half-hour on Food Network and a companion podcast, premiering across platforms.
Garten is currently a monthly columnist for Food Network Magazine& and in prior years has also been a monthly columnist at House Beautiful, Martha Stewart Living Magazine, and O, the Oprah magazine. In 2015 Ina Garten was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.
Onstage, Ina Garten delivers a charming insider’s view of her world and the pleasures of good food and friends. She lives in East Hampton, New York with her husband, Jeffrey.
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