Ina Garten Eats Microwave Popcorn Just Like the Rest of Us

updated Sep 17, 2021
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Ever since Ina Garten hit the road to promote her latest cookbook, Cook Like a Pro, I’ve officially become a Gartenhead. I listened to every single one of her sound bites, digested every feature and article, and followed her book tour so voraciously that, still to this day, I can finish her sentences. Her go-to kitchen tool? A zester. One recipe she can’t master? Boston cream pie. Her favorite thing to cook for Jeffrey? Roast chicken. The most important ingredient? Salt. Best cheese ever? Parmesan.

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Basically what I’m saying is, if ever Ina is unable to make a speaking engagement due to a prior conflict, I am happy to substitute because A: I’m fluent in Ina, and B: I, too, love Jeffrey.

But when I went to watch Ina in conversation with the New York Times‘ Frank Bruni at the 92nd St Y in New York City I was finally faced with a question about the Barefoot Contessa that I did not already know how to answer: Does Ina Garten pop her own popcorn?

If I had to guess, I would say, yes, absolutely Ina Garten pops her own popcorn. Ina, in fact, has a small corn field in her East Hampton garden, from which she harvests fresh ears of corn. And when she’s not cutting the kernels off the cob over a handy dish towel to make fresh corn salad, she dries the rest and pops them when she and Jeffrey decide to have a cozy movie night in. (This is strictly conjecture.)

And guess what? My guess is wrong.

Ina loves store-bought, microwave popcorn. Newman’s Own, Movie Theater Butter to be exact. “Because butter makes everything better — and more butter is better.”

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Ina, she’s just like us! Except for one little thing: In true Ina fashion, our queen likes to put even more butter on her buttered microwave popcorn. And not just any butter — Urbani White Truffle Butter. Hey, she’s got great taste!

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