Ina Garten wears a black top, smiles and poses with one of her cookbooks in 2018
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The Barefoot Contessa is a nickname for American celebrity chef Ina Garten, as well as the name of her Food Network show.

In 1978, Garten opened up a specialty food store in the Hamptons, Long Island. She grew her store into a food emporium over 20 years until 1996, when she sold her store to her employees. In 1999, Garten published her first cookbook, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. She has written 11 books since.

Garten, who taught herself how to cook using Julia Child’s cookbooks, joined Food Network as a host of a cooking show in 2002. In 2006, Garten created a Barefoot Contessa Pantry line filled with baking mixes and sauces from her cookbooks.



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