Ina Garten Just Gave Fans a Rare Tour of Her Backyard Barn Kitchen

Ina Garten was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1948. Thirty years later, Garten was working on nuclear energy policies for the White House when she made a decision that would change her life and career. She and her husband bought a small food specialty store located in the Hamptons. They named it “Barefoot Contessa,” and that’s how Ina Garten got her beloved nickname.

In 1999, Garten released The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, her first of many cookbooks. Just a few years later, she received her own cooking show on Food Network. Barefoot Contessa is preparing to release the series’ 27th season. Find out what the popular celebrity has been up to and secrets she recently shared in the rare tour of her backyard barn’s kitchen. 

Ina Garten’s ‘Modern Comfort Food’ 

Ina Garten on the 'Today' show Wednesday, October 24, 2018.
Ina Garten | Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

When Garten began planning her latest book, she noticed the publication was scheduled to release during the 2020 presidential election. She jokingly explained she assumed people would need comfort food, but she had no idea just how right she would be. 

Garten’s most recent cookbook, Modern Comfort Food, hit shelves this past October. The popular celebrity included over 80 new recipes, along with words of wisdom, for her fans and readers.

“Food has an almost magical ability to comfort us, soothe us, and bring us together in so many ways,” Garten said of her inspiration behind Modern Comfort Food. “We celebrate special occasions with food — a birthday cake or a big roast turkey — and we also turn to food for comfort on not-so-happy occasions, a delivery of baked goods to a family member who’s under the weather, or a homemade dinner for a friend having a rough time. Food can be so much more than simple sustenance.”

Garten’s thoughtful sentiment can be found in every selection in her latest project. Emily’s English Roasted Potatoes, Shrimp & Linguine Fra Diavolo, and Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas are just a few of the delicious recipes Garten shares. Plus, she even includes a few of her favorite cocktail recipes. 

Inside Ina Garten’s kitchen

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Ina Garten’s show, Barefoot Contessa, has been on the air for 26 seasons, and over the years, she’s won several Emmys for Outstanding Culinary Host. Plenty of people have seen her kitchen, but recently she gave fans an exclusive tour of another cooking space.

As many loyal viewers already know, Garten has a whole barn dedicated to her cooking causes. She has explained the luxury of locking the door and leaving work in the barn. Since Garten has transitioned to this space, viewers no longer get sneak peeks or inside footage of the famous cook’s home life. However, her recent virtual tour showed her audience the sprawling lawn and beautiful home facing the dedicated cooking space. In the tour, Garten shared all of her best secrets when it comes to kitchens and cooking. 

Ina Garten’s tips & tricks for the kitchen

During her tour, the author highlighted her expertise, knowledge, and passion.

She shared how she keeps her kitchen organized, with food on one side and equipment on the other. Garten also reviewed the basic ingredients that she always keeps on the table while cooking or baking, such as lemons and eggs. They work better at room temperature, she explained.

Finally, Garten discussed some of her favorite items to use in the kitchen. Wooden butcher blocks and a food mill are just two essentials for her.

From her organization to her execution, it’s clear Ina Garten knows what she’s doing in the kitchen.