‘Barefoot Contessa’: The 1 Surprising Thing That Ina Garten Refuses To Do

Food Network’s Ina Garten has been a fan favorite with the network since 2002 and boasts celebrity fans including Jennifer Garner, Taylor Swift, and Katie Couric.

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The 71-year-old has made it known there is one thing she simply refuses to do, and it’s something that may surprise her fans.

Find out what it is and what the culinary queen has got cooking.

It sounds like Ina Garten’s got a new cookbook coming

Garten has eleven cookbooks under her belt, including Barefoot Contessa Parties!, Barefoot in Paris, Barefoot Contessa: How Easy Is That?, and a compilation of the meals and snacks her beloved husband Jeffrey loves most, Cooking for Jeffrey.

Her twelfth cookbook is expected to be published this year. She posted about it on her Instagram account last year, teasing fans with a post of a broccoli and kale salad topped with a deliciously oozy egg, captioning the photo, “Having fun working on my next cookbook!”

She also has a memoir in the works

Garten also announced last year of her intention to publish a memoir with a division of Macmillan publishing. Her fans are hungry for more recipes and really, anything, from her. It would be an incredible 2020 holiday season to receive not just one, but two publications, from Garten later on this year.

“By finding a way to do what I love for a living – cooking – I’ve been fortunate to build a career that has not only been incredibly rewarding but has brought people together through the power of home cooking,” Garten said last year in a statement. “I hope my book will inspire readers to find their own unique story.”

As much as fans know Garten’s story of being a stay-at-home wife, working in the White House, and eventually buying the “Barefoot Contessa” boutique grocery that would eventually become her brand, her followers are eager to hear more from her. More about her upbringing and what inspired her, and continues to do so, to show viewers and readers how she developed her particular culinary style.

She summed it up in an interview with the Associated Press in 2003, “I don’t tend to like fancy food. My style of food is to take really good ingredients and cook just to enhance them. You don’t have to have white truffles and some spice that you got from India in order to have delicious food.”

Garten won’t do this

The thing fans love about the Cook Like a Pro host is her exquisite, but down-to-earth, taste in all things food, in how she entertains guests, and in how she knows how to throw a dinner together in what seems like seconds.

Something Garten just can’t get on board with, though, is watching herself on television. She simply refuses to do it, for any reason.

She told People in 2017, “I never watch cooking shows, certainly not mine. Not a chance. I would never do another show. I think I’m terrible! I’m glad other people like it, that’s all I can say.” 

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