Ina Garten Is Writing a Memoir
Since purchasing a specialty food store, Barefoot Contessa, in 1978, Ina Garten has built a culinary empire. She’s published 11 cookbooks, starting with The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook in 1999 and adding Barefoot in Paris, Barefoot Contessa at Home, Cooking for Jeffery, and more to the roster, with Cook Like a Pro as the most recent addition. She’s also hosted the Food Network’s Barefoot Contessa since 2002, alongside Barefoot Contessa: Cook Like a Pro, which launched in 2017. There’s a reason Garten has been able to retain such a dedicated following over the years—her recipes are elegant and simple, and she offers helpful shortcuts, like using a vegetable peeler to create Parmigiano Reggiano curls. (Who knew?) Now, fans will get a peek behind how Garten’s done it all, since news broke on October 2 that she’s working on a memoir.
“By finding a way to do what I love for a living–cooking–I’ve been fortunate to build a career that has not only been incredibly rewarding but has brought people together through the power of home cooking,” Garten said in a statement. “I hope my book will inspire readers to find their own unique story.”
The memoir has been acquired by Celadon Books, a division of Macmillan Publishers, and is reportedly scheduled to launch in 2023, according to USA Today. Other than that, details about the project are scarce. However, while we wait for more updates, there are plenty of exciting book releases this season that you can add to your shelf immediately. Antoni Porowksi, the resident food and wine expert on Queer Eye, released his debut cookbook—Antoni in the Kitchen—on September 9, which includes over 100 recipes. A cookbook entirely dedicated to lasagna also launched on September 10, while Angie Mar’s highly anticipated (and gorgeous) Butcher + Beast: Mastering the Art of Meat hit the market on October 1. We included those books and 15 others in our roundup—you’ll be hard-pressed to decide which one to order first.