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In 1978, Ina Garten found herself working in the White House on nuclear energy policy and thinking 'There's got to be more to life than this!' She saw an ad for a small food store for sale in a place she'd never been: the Hamptons at the end of Long Island New York. She and her husband drove up to investigate and made the owner an offer on the spot. Two months later she found herself the owner of Barefoot Contessa a small specialty food shop.
Twenty years later Barefoot Contessa grew to a large food emporium where twenty cooks and bakers prepared the food. Twenty-five more employees worked in the store helping thousands of customers to choose breads salads dinners and baked goods to take home.
In 1996 Ina sold the store to her employees. In 2003 the new owners of Barefoot Contessa decided to close their doors and go on to new adventures. In 1999 Ina wrote her first book The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook which was one of the best-selling cookbooks of the year. The book invites readers into her specialty food store and shares the recipes that made it such a success.
Ina lives in East Hampton New York with her husband Jeffrey who is a professor at the Yale School of Management.
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