Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa

Are you familiar with Ina Garten?  I find myself going into a trance while watching her videos.  They’re so relaxing and….hedonistic.  And so unlike my own life.

While hunting for a coconut cake recipe last month, I stumbled across her cooking shows on YouTube.  She reminds me of a well-fed contented cat, a Cheshire cat serenely lapping cream from a bowl. And speaking of cream………she doesn’t skimp on butter, cream, full-fat cheeses or her signature coconut cake with cream cheese frosting.  Ina Garten is an unabashed epicurean and I say bravo!  

With her gorgeous house in The Hamptons,  loving husband (they met when she was 15), successful cooking shows and 9 cookbooks (all bestsellers), Ina lives the good life.  I wonder if her multitude of fans aren’t just a little jealous of the life she’s crafted for herself. (I know I am.)

Here she is in Paris –