Why Ina Garten told Food Network to ‘lose my quantity’


Where would the world be with out Ina Garten’s “Barefoot Contessa?”

One factor is for positive, we most likely wouldn’t understand how to master the art of lemon bar- making and roast chicken.

The 73-year-old’s present has been on the Food Network roster for 19 years. However, Garten didn’t at all times need to be on digital camera.

The New York native turned down a proposal for her personal present from the culinary community a number of occasions earlier than agreeing to do it.

“For years I said no, and they kept coming back with a better offer,” Garten told MSNBC host Willie Geist through the creator luncheon for Shelter Island Public Library

She added that she told the community to “lose my number” after they provided her a contract.

The cookbook creator continued, “I said, ‘I’m not negotiating, I just don’t think I can do this.’” Executives had been dismayed at Garten’s response and saved on pushing for her participation.

“They mentioned, ‘People send us hams to even get an appointment to try and get a show,’” Garten joked. However, despite the back and forth with the network, Garten looked back on her almost two decades of work. “Twenty years, it’s wonderful,” she mentioned. “I’m really delighted, I just can’t understand it.” 

“Twenty years, it’s amazing,” she mentioned. “I’m really delighted, I just can’t understand it.” 

Garten has written a complete of 11 cookbooks since her debut e book “The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook” hit the cabinets in 1999. Her present has bene on the air since Nov. 30, 2002and is at the moment the oldest present on the community’s daytime time slot.

Garten has ran her specialty meals retailer Barefoot Contessa within the Hamptons for 20 years and determined to write a cookbook whereas working.

Telling Geist, “I was like, ‘I really want to do something challenging now.’ I took a year off, built myself an office over the store, and went there every day trying to figure out what to do.”

Garten drafted a cookbook proposal with recipes from her retailer and it was accepted by publishers three days after she despatched it out.

“I used to be like, ‘Oh s—, now I have to write a book,”‘ she recalled. “I love that people are learning how to cook and inviting people over for dinner,” she said. “It’s about neighborhood. I really like that a part of what I do now.”