Ina Garten Has Strong Opinions on Food Trends

updated May 24, 2019
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Everyone stans Ina Garten, queen of discerning taste and simple elegance, when it comes to the dishes she’s cooking and the parties she’s throwing. But what does the Barefoot Contessa think about all the foods that everyone else is cooking — the hottest food trends, the most absurd viral Instagram cuisine, and biggest culinary feuds on the internet? decided it was time to find out. This morning they asked Ina her thoughts on everything from Pumpkin Spice Lattes to unicorn food. Her answers, as expected, are the epitome of class — with a little humor thrown in.

The Food Trends That Get a Thumbs-Up from Ina

“Did kale get a PR agent?” Ina asked, before admitting that she does love it. Other foods receiving her official blessing include avocado toast, which she says she toasts and then tops with a well-seasoned guacamole-like mixture. She also approves of grain bowls (“particularly when someone else makes them for me”), cauliflower rice (and cauliflower in any form), and Aperol spritzes — although her favorite cocktail of all time is a whiskey sour. Quinoa, with the caveat that it needs to be perfectly prepared so it doesn’t get slimy, got the final enthusiastic thumbs up.

Two foods received conditional approval: zucchini noodles, which she says she likes when mixed with regular pasta, and almond milk, which she only approves of if you can’t drink real milk.

The Food Trends That Get a Thumbs Down from Ina

But the real dirt came in the foods she voted “not” to: pineapple pizza got a big “ugh!” from her, as did Pumpkin Spice Lattes, because, “I like coffee to taste like coffee.” Kombucha got a big no, even though she didn’t know what it was, as she’s not big on anything fermented, and finally, she emphatically dismissed the unicorn food trend: “If I don’t know what it is, I’m probably not going to eat it.”

Do you agree with Ina?