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Ina Garten hosts Food Network's cooking series, "Barefoot Contessa."

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-square-foot food emporium where twenty cooks and bakers prepared the food. Twenty-five more employees worked in the store helping thousands of customers to choose breads, salads, dinners and baked goods to take home. In 1996, Ina sold the store to her employees. 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 cookbooks, "Barefoot Contessa Family Style" (2002), "Barefoot in Paris" (2004), and "Barefoot Contessa at Home" (2006) all continue her style of cooking with easy, delicious, and foolproof recipes that you can make at home. Her newest book, "Barefoot Contessa - Back to Basics" was published in October 2008.

In 2006, Ina and her business partner Frank Newbold started a successful line of Barefoot Contessa Pantry products, comprised of baking mixes and sauces developed from recipes in her cookbooks.

Ina has been a columnist for Martha Stewart Living magazine and O, the Oprah magazine. Since March, 2006 she has been a columnist for House Beautiful.

Ina lives in East Hampton, New York, and Southport, Connecticut, with her husband Jeffrey, who is a professor at the Yale School of Management.




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INA GARTEN: FACTS

How old is Ina Garten? Find out here.

Age: 66 years old
Birthday: February 2, 1948
Full Name / Real Name: Ina Rosenberg
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Husband: Jeffrey Garten





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wiley says:
I have watched every food show there is and Ina Garten is by far the best of them all. I love to cook and bake, and i have tried many of Ina's recipes with much success. Thank You Ina, you are the best. Wiley
salpymardirian123 says:
Dear Ina, Iam a Lebanese/Armenian house wife and a cook which is a huge fan of you.my comment is that i'V never seen you cook or taste any lebanese or armenian dish which is so healthy,simple divercified and so delicious.Iould like to send u some of my recipies if u answer my e mail which you will not regrat I promise.
toadey says:
I love your show. I would love to know where do you purchase you beautiful shirts/blouses if possible thank you
chk says:
I cannot find the recipe for the pecan bar dipped in chocolate that Ina fixed for Robert, the florist on 11/11/10 or 11/12/10? Can you help me?
nettie says:
Ina, I just want to thank you for your cold butter pie crust recipe. I have always made pie rust like my mother taught me. She used lard and hot water and they came out great. But, I failed to follow in her foot steps. I hated to make pie crusts until I tried yours woth blender and cold butter. WOW! what a fail proof crust -- I finally am a success. I love it and so does my family. Thank You again.
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