Ina’s New Show (and New Library)

Have you heard the great news? Ina Garten’s new Barefoot Contessa series – ”Cook Like a Pro”- airs this Sunday!

”I’m so excited to announce that my new Barefoot Contessa series “Cook Like A Pro” starts this Sunday, May 28, at 11am ET on Food Network. I’m sharing lots of recipes and tips that I’ve learned professionally so you can cook at home with confidence. The first of 8 episodes is – of course! – all about chicken! I’ll be making Roast Chicken With Radishes, Chicken & Spinach Waldorf Salad, and Truffled Chicken Liver Mousse. Hope you can join me; it’s going to be so much fun! xxx Ina” 

Now although I’m a vegetarian, I still won’t miss any of it because the Barefoot Contessa is more than just a cooking show. It’s a lesson of effortless, chic living. In the meantime, I came across some new shots from Ina’s barn that I want to share with you. I’m sure you’re all familiar with her barn/filming studio – it has made waves throughout the design blogosphere years and years ago. Built in a Belgian farmhouse style (an aesthetic Ina and her husband Jeffrey admire) – with interiors decorated by Robert Stilin, it was published in House Beautiful and established Ina Garten as a style icon!

Recently, Ina has enlisted the help of architect Daniel Romualdez to create an addition to the above mentioned barn that would house her expansive collection of cookbooks, glassware and cake-stands and that could also serve as a hang-out space for her filming crew. The result is a cheerful, vibrant space that has a more modern pace than the rest of the barn. It is inviting,  youthful, and very fresh!

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”Ina Garten’s library might look photo-shoot perfect, but make no mistake: This is not a showroom. This is a high-traffic, hardworking space where Ina researches recipes and holds business meetings, and where members of her Barefoot Contessa production crew hang out when they are shooting in the adjoining kitchen. She built the library as an addition to what she calls The Barn, a workshop and test kitchen across the lawn from her East Hampton house. ” (Food Network)


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“I’m here all the time,” Ina says, often reading through her extensive cookbook collection for inspiration. Architect Daniel Romualdez, who worked with Ina on the interior design, convinced her to leave the bottom shelves empty so she can open a book there, peruse it quickly and put it back. “It’s so nice and user-friendly,” she says. The top shelves were a no-brainer; Ina has been collecting cake plates for years, and this is the perfect place for them. “I can’t help myself,” she says, “I’m a cake-stand hoarder!” (Food Network)

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Photographs by Jake Chessum.

See you Sunday! 🙂



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  1. Leila
    May 25, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    How wonderful! I hope Ina shows her beautiful library on Food Network as well.