‘It was a big bet’

Ina Garten is the author of many cookbooks and hosts a successful cooking show, Barefoot Contessa. After the Food Network star handed over the reins to her store of the same name, she entered the publishing world and published her first cookbook, Barefoot Contessa cookbook. Here’s why Garten says this was a “big game”.

Ina Garten worked in a specialty store and in the White House before the Food Network

Ina Garten smiles as she signs books

Ina Garten | Noam Galai / Getty Images for NYCWFF

Garten did not begin his career in the food industry. Before becoming a famous chef, she worked in the White House as a budget analyst under the Ford and Carter administrations. She focused on nuclear energy policy.

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