Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa

American home cook Ina Garten is the star of the Barefoot Contessa.

Ina's cooking career began in 1978 when she bought a small speciality food shop called Barefoot Contessa. She decided to keep the shop's name - named by the previous owner after the 1950s film starring Ava Gardner.

With no formal training Ina spent the next twenty years improving and expanding the shop, which became well known for its self-branded line of gourmet coffee and high quality pre-prepared dishes, including Ina's hallmark Cœur à la Crème.

In 1999 she wrote her first book, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, which was an instant bestseller. Ina went on to write several more including, Barefoot Contessa Parties!, Barefoot Contessa Family Style, Barefoot in Paris and Barefoot Contessa at home.

In 2003 the Barefoot Contessa shop closed, and Ina went on to host the show, Barefoot Contessa. Ina has written for the Martha Stewart Living magazine and has launched her own line of packaged mixes, marinades, sauces and preserves.

Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa

Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa's Recipes



Chocolate fudge brownie pudding
Chocolate fudge brownie pudding

Halfway between a brownie and a pudding, this dessert from Ina Garten is deliciously chocolatey and so easy to make

Avg user rating: 4 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
1 hr 30 min

Easy sticky buns
Easy sticky buns

Filled with brown sugar, toasted pecans, and sweet raisins, you’d hardly believe that these tasty treats from Ina Garten are made with ready-made puff pastry

Avg user rating: 4 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
45 min

Roasted prawn cocktail
Roasted prawn cocktail

Ina Garten has improved the classic prawn cocktail by roasting the shrimps first and serving them with a spicy cocktail dipping sauce

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
20 min