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The "Barefoot Contessa" Ina Garten helps us prepare for the holiday season with a collection of meals that make her husband, Jeffrey, and all of us, smile.

Ina Garten's new cookbook is "Cooking For Jeffrey."
Ina Garten's new cookbook is "Cooking For Jeffrey."

Ina Garten bought The Barefoot Contessa, a tiny little specialty food store on Long Island, in the Hamptons, in 1978. She had just turned 30 and was looking for a passion in life beyond her much-loved husband, Jeffrey. Decades later, she’s a star of the food and entertaining world. Host of the Food Network’s Barefoot Contessa. Big cookbook author. Icon of easy, elegant cooking. And still cooking for Jeffrey. This hour On Point: we’re talking – and eating – with Ina Garten. — Tom Ashbrook

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Ina Garten, chef, best-selling cookbook author and Emmy-Award winning Food Network host. Author of ten cookbooks, including the new "Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook." (@inagarten)

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BuzzFeed: How Simple Is That? — "It’s not unusual, I don’t think, to meet someone famous and realize that she is different from what you’d expected she’d be. I puzzled for days and weeks after I drove away from East Hampton over what exactly had been different about Ina Garten than whatever my expectations had been. One phrase she’d said played over and over in my head. I had been asking her about what parts of her life she chooses to let the public see and what parts she doesn’t. She said she doesn’t think of it that way. “I think I am who you think I am,” she said. I wondered who exactly I thought Ina Garten was. She didn’t consider herself a celebrity; she considered herself a cookbook author — that was where her energy actually went."

Johns Hopkins Magazine: Jeffrey Garten is a financier, academic, and author-and yes, he's married to the Barefoot Contessa —"He knows a thing or two about world affairs. He's a former U.S. Army paratrooper who's held senior positions in the Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Clinton administrations. He first wrote reports on developing countries for then Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and he later represented U.S. economic interests in emerging markets like India, Brazil, and China. As a vice president and later managing director at Lehman Brothers, he specialized in debt restructuring in Latin America and built up Lehman's investment banking business in Asia, which involved restructuring some of the world's largest shipping companies."

Eater: Ina Garten Does It Herself— "There is something that Ina Garten knows about what we want, or who we want to be, or how we want to feel. 'There isn't a letter, there isn't a recipe, there's no photograph, there isn't a font, there isn't a color, there isn't a detail that I don't totally do myself,' Ina said, so that's how it's done."

Read Recipes From "Cooking for Jeffrey" By Ina Garten

One of our producers, Nick Andersen, made Ina Garten's "Challah with Saffron," a recipe from her new cookbook, "Cooking for Jeffrey." (Nick Andersen/WBUR)
One of our producers, Nick Andersen, made Ina Garten's "Challah with Saffron," a recipe from her new cookbook, "Cooking for Jeffrey." (Nick Andersen/WBUR)
Producer Tania Ralli prepared Ina Garten's roasted lemon chicken for our broadcast. (Nick Andersen/WBUR)
Producer Tania Ralli prepared Ina Garten's roasted lemon chicken for our broadcast. (Nick Andersen/WBUR)
Producer Maeve Pages prepared Ina Garten's vanilla rum panna cotta with salted caramel for our broadcast. (Maeve Pages / WBUR)
Producer Maeve Pages prepared Ina Garten's vanilla rum panna cotta with salted caramel for our broadcast. (Maeve Pages / WBUR)

This program aired on December 7, 2016.

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