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How chocolate chip cookies changed Ina Garten’s life


Modified chocolate chip cookies Ina Gartenlife. The long Contessa barefoot the host walked into what would become her own specialty food store, where chocolate chip cookies were baked, and knew she wanted to be there. Soon after, she embarked on a career in the food industry. Now Garten is a best-selling cookbook author and the star of an award-winning Food Network show.

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Decades ago filming Contessa barefoot in the barn “ on his property in East Hampton, New York, Garten’s life was very different. She lived in Washington, DC, with her longtime husband, Jeffrey Garten, and worked at the White House.

Garten was a nuclear police budget analyst in the Office of Budget Management under the Ford and Carter administrations. After a few years, she realized that she was not happy. Therefore Garten quit his job at the White House to start a career in food.

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The Barefoot Contessa reflected on the start of her foodie career at the Discovery + premiere Cocktails and great tales With Melissa McCarthy and Ina Garten. Specifically, the first time she visited Barefoot Contessa.

“I walked into this specialty food store that had been around for about a year and a half, and they were baking chocolate chip cookies,” she told McCarthy, according to Eat well. “I thought, ‘I want to be here. I don’t want to be in my office at the White House. ”

Garten had spotted a newspaper listing for a specialty food store. She visited Barefoot Contessa and made a very low offer believing it would be the start of negotiations. To her surprise, the then owner accepted her offer and Garten found herself running the store.

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After nearly 20 years of owning Barefoot, Contessa Garten decided it was time for a change. She sold the store, which by then had become a success, to two of her employees. Even though it was not an easy time for her.

“It was the most difficult year of my life,” Garten told the Chicago Tribune in 2017. “I felt my professional life was over. I couldn’t think of anything that I thought was interesting.

To finish, Garten decided to write a cookbook.

“I couldn’t figure it out,” Garten told The Cut in 2020. “And just out of desperation, I was like, ‘OK, everyone wants me to write a cookbook, I’ll write a book. . And while I’m doing this, I’m going to find out what I’m going to do next. ”

His first cookbook, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, debuted in 1999. By 2002, Garten had starred in his own show Food Network. Today she is the author of more than 10 Barefoot Contessa Cookbooks.