Ina Garten has no children. It’s something she’s settled on “very quickly” and is happy with how her life has been. However, there is “one thing” Barefoot Contessa The host says she and her husband “miss” not being parents.
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Not having children was not just Garten’s life, but a conscious “choice”. During 2017 attendance Katie Couric podcast, She explained why she and her longtime husband, Jeffrey Garten, decided not to have children.
“I really appreciate that other people do, and we’ll always have friends who have kids we’re close to, but it was a choice I made very quickly,” Garten told host Katie Couric. .
The now-73-year-old said she feels her life won’t be the same if she decides to become a mother.
“I really felt — I think — that I could never have the life I’ve had,” she explained. “And so that’s a choice, and that was the choice I made.”
Garten worked in the White House long before becoming a Food Network star. She then pursued a career in the field of food by running her own specialty food store (also known as Barefoot Contessa).
Today she is the best-selling author of more than 10 Barefoot Contessa cookbooks. She only spends a few weeks a year filming it Barefoot Contessa The cooking show at the “barn” at his and Jeffrey’s property in East Hampton, New York. The rest of the time she spends developing and testing recipes.
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Although the Barefoot Contessa is happy with her life and her decision not to have children, she feels she and Jeffrey are missing out on a big part of parenthood. What is this? Having a “network” of friends they met through their children.
“I think the one thing we miss is that a lot of people’s friends are the parents of their kids’ friends,” Garten told Couric. “So, we never had that connection with other people, which I see a lot of, that network.”
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While Garten thinks her circle of friends will be a little bigger, if she and Jeffrey become parents, she has no shortage of people to invite to a dinner party. Barefoot Contessa Visitors often catch glimpses of local florists or restaurant owners in the kitchen alongside the Garten.
Then, of course, there are all the celebrities who are fans of the Barefoot Contessa. Garten is Jennifer Garner’s culinary inspiration. 13 going on 30 Alum has also become his friend. Garner and Garten have come together on a few occasions to cook together or grab an In-N-Out burger.
Garten’s other celebrity fans include Taylor Swift, Tina Fey, Gwyneth Paltrow, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex and Anthony Bourdain.