Ina Garten Instagram Ina Garten is the host of Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network and the author of 13 cookbooks. The popular TV show was inspired by Garten's specialty food store in the Hamptons, and she's become an influencer and expert on cooking and entertaining after 10 seasons on air. Experience Garten purchased the Barefoot Contessa store on Long Island in 1978. After years of success, Garten sold the store to the chef and manager in 1996, published The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook in 1999, and began filming the television series in 2002. She's since published 12 cookbooks and contributed columns to Martha Stewart Living, the Oprah magazine, House Beautiful, and Food Network magazine. About Food & Wine Food & Wine, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning online resource for anyone passionate about the culinary world. With rigorously tested recipes and the most trusted restaurant, drinks, culinary travel and home coverage, we inspire and empower people everywhere to discover, create, and devour the best in food and wine. Learn more about us and our editorial process.