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.