10 things you didn't know about Ina Garten

Wednesday, 12 July 2017, 01:09:05 AM. You may know her as the host of Food Network's Barefoot Contessa, but even if you're a daily viewer (that Jeffrey is very well fed!), we bet that there are

You may know her as the host of , but even if you're a daily viewer (), we bet that there are some things you didn't know about this .

Ina Garten (née Rosenberg) was born in Brooklyn in 1948, and was raised in Stamford, Connecticut. In 1978, she spotted an ad in The New York Times for a specialty food store that was for sale, and, dreaming of a life in the country, she decided to pull the trigger and make the investment. The name of the store? The Barefoot Contessa.

It was a simple, two-person operation, with one person working in the front of the store and another preparing food in the back. While living in , she had made some extra money by buying, fixing up, and re-selling row houses (also called flipping), so she used those funds to buy the shop. It became a huge success, eventually putting her in the same orbit as the Hamptons' high society. In a new 3,000-square-foot space in the year-round community of East Hampton, she attracted a very wealthy clientele - including Steven Spielberg and Lauren Bacall - and sold upscale foods like lobster , caviar, fine cheese, and local produce.

After selling the shop, Garten began to work on a cookbook, which was based on recipes from her shop and local, seasonal ingredients. The book, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, was published in 1999. It featured simple, elegant recipes that anyone could make, and gorgeous photographs and illustrations made it easy to follow along. It was an astonishing success, and set Garten on the path to television.

It seems as if everything Garten touched has turned to gold, but it wasn't without a lot of hard work. .

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