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Ina Rosenberg Garten is an American author, Emmy Award winning host of the Food Network program Barefoot Contessa, and former White House nuclear policy analyst. She has been best known for designing recipes with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and time-saving tips, she has been noted by Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, and Patricia Wells for her cooking and home entertaining. On according to recent study performed upon her net wealth, her net worth has been stated to be around $40 million dollars.
Ina Garten was born on February 2, 1948 in Brooklyn, New York. Garten is also a former White House nuclear policy analyst. When she came across an ad in the New York Times for a specialty food store for sale in the Hamptons she decided to investigate. She drove with her husband Jeffrey to Long Island to see the store and fell in love with it. Garten had no experience in the food business, but somehow knew it was exactly what she wanted to do. She made the owner an offer and the owner called the next day and accepted Garten's offer. In 1996, she sold the store to two employees who continue the traditions Garten instilled. She built herself an office over the store and tried her hand writing a cookbook. The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook turned out to be the most exciting thing she'd ever done professionally and the response from readers was overwhelming. In 2001, she published her second book, Barefoot Contessa Parties. In 2002, Barefoot Contessa Family Style was released, and she began her show on Food Network, also called Barefoot Contessa. In 2004, she had published Barefoot in Paris, about her favorite simple French food and her fifth cookbook Barefoot Contessa at Home, was published in 2006. In 2008, she released her sixth cookbook, Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics and started her new show of the same name on Food Network. In 2010, she had published her seventh book, “How Easy is That?” and in 2012 she again published her eighth book, “Foolproof”. In 2013, she introduced her new line of Barefoot Contessa dinners, which are available in grocery stores nationwide.