This post is in honor of the letter “I” and part of Jenny Matlock’s Alphabet Thursday. For more imaginative “I” posts, please click here http://jennymatlock.blogspot.com/
For a long time now, decades in fact, I’ve had a crush on Ina Garten. I have all of her cookbooks, watch her show religiously and pretty basically want to BE Ina. She makes it all look effortless, like anyone (even me) can do it. I love that about her. One of my favorite quotes from her is “How easy is that?”
She started out in food with a gourmet food shop in New York called The Barefoot Contessa. She left a government job that was unfulfilling to follow her passion. How brave is that? She sold the shop eventually, but expanded her culinary chops by publishing cookbooks, developing a line of gourmet foods and appearing on a popular food show. Martha Stewart without the jail time ( sorry, I couldn’t resist).
I love that she taught herself. She hasn’t got a culinary degree or a background in restaurants (although I’d travel almost anywhere to eat in her restaurant if she opened one). She taught herself to cook from Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” How cool is that?
She’s elegant, witty and real. Sometimes her friends will tease her on camera and she’ll laugh, no huge ego on display like some chefs. She’s just so human.
So, in honor of the letter “I” and my heroine, Ina, I’m giving away a copy of her latest cookbook so you can fall in love with her also!
To go and see for yourself why I love her so much, please click here http://barefootcontessa.com/
To enter the giveaway just leave a comment telling me who your favorite food personality is. Winner will be chosen at random next Wednesday!