The Barefoot Contessa, Brooklyn-born Ina Garten, made it to the front page of the Sunday Business section of yesterday's The New York Times. The article outlines her unique resume, from the Carter Administration to the Food Network.
Here's our favorite Ina Garten quote from this article. Perfect for Monday morning: “There is a balance between having a life and having a business.”
Here's some facts we picked up from this article . . .
• Garten is building a large barn just south of her East Hampton home that will house her television kitchen
• Watching Nigella Lawson's food show convinced Garten that she might like to do her own show.
• Her new line of costly cake mixes and gourmet groceries is a success. "In the line’s first 10 months, Stonewall sold a million Barefoot Contessa brand items."
• The Barefoot Contessa font, used on all product packaging, is Modern No. 216.
Tucked into this story is this carefully worded quote about the Food Network's chirpy new programming:
“It’s been interesting to watch the Food Network’s evolution from cooking shows with accomplished chefs to cooking and other shows with less-accomplished hosts,” said Jane Goldman, editor in chief of Chowhound.com, a Web site that specializes in food topics. She added: “Programmers have discovered that — no surprise — personality and charisma on television are important.”
We agree that the Food Network's focus is shifting, but Ina Garten is a hold out from the way the network was. She is a favorite around here. Shame on Chowhound's Goldman for implying that Ina Garten is "less accomplished" because she's never worked as a restaurant chef.