About Ina Garten

Ina Garten

In 1978, Ina Garten left her job as a budget analyst in the White House to pursue her dream of running a specialty food store in the Hamptons. She’s now the author of eight best-selling cookbooks, including her most recent title, Barefoot Contessa Foolproof. She’s also a frequent contributor to many national magazines and has a Food Network television series on entertaining. She and her husband, Jeffrey, split their time between East Hampton, NY, and Southport, CT. @inagarten

Two flutes filled with French 75 cocktail on a wooden table with a notebook and a plate of lemon slices nearby.

French 75 Cocktail

A sophisticated cocktail that’s made drinkers swoon for more than a century thanks to the warm hush of Cognac, the sweetly tart lilt of lemon, and the effusive effervescence of Champagne.

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A partially cut orange chocolate chunk cake on a round wire rack.

Orange Chocolate Chunk Cake

The combination of tart, citrusy orange with not-too-dark chocolate was a smashing success at the Barefoot Contessa. It’s just as much a hit at home.

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A large pot of easy tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich being cut into croutons beside it.

Easy Tomato Soup

Tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons for dunking. And it requires barely more effort than heating up some Campbell’s.

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A roast chicken on top of a bed of bread croutons and lemon wedges

Ina Garten’s Lemon Chicken

If we had to choose just one roast chicken to spend the rest of our lives with, this would be the one. No contest.

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Ina Garten's lemon cake, a pound cake, on a rack, drizzled with a lemon glaze, a spoon nearby

Ina Garten’s Lemon Cake

Know when you taste something and can’t help but pause and sigh with content? This subtly sweet lemon cake does that to us each and every darn time.

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A skillet filled with Ina Garten's caramelized shallots, sprinkled with parsley.

Ina Garten’s Caramelized Shallots

Shallots take on a dulcet, docile personality when slowly coaxed to a caramelized brown. Easy to make. And easygoing by way of going well with just about anything.

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A grilled cheese sandwich cut into cubes of grilled cheese croutons.

Grilled Cheese Croutons

Step one: Make a childhood favorite. Step two: Cut it into squares. Step three: Dunk, drop, or plop into tomato soup. Step four: Sigh with content.

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A baking sheet with seven chocolate pecan scones

Chocolate Pecan Scones

From the Barefoot Contessa herself, these chocolate pecan scones are packed with plenty of bittersweet chocolate and pecan chunks and are, predictably, flaky and tender pastry perfection.

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