I knew I didn't like Ina "The Barefoot Contessa" Garten

The Barefoot Contessa - aka Ina Garten - always rubbed me the wrong way. All of her friends on the show are always gay men, like she collects them or something. No other diversity in her friends. It's odd. Not even my gay friends have as many gay friends as she does. I addition, she wouldn't let Jennifer Garner, who is a big fan, appear on her show because she only has her friends (the aforementioned gay men) appear on her show. Why would she do that? Jennifer Garner is America's sweetheart!

After a little digging, I know why I felt a disturbance in the Force with Garten: she's a big-time supporter of liberal causes. She hosted a benefit at her New York home for the Hudson Peconic branch of Planned Parenthood in 2004. This is the same woman who refuses to participate in charity events for The Food Network, even though most of the channel's other show hosts do. When America's biggest baby killer needs to raise some money, however, she's there.


  1. However, you sound reasonable, hew husband is away all week. She talks of him being home for weekends and she tries to save them to spend with him. I don’t. Maybe she doesn’t want Jeffrey jealous or maybe with people in and out he doesn’t want any competition. Maybe they are his “friends” or maybe they have savage orgies at their home. As for calling herself the Barefoot Contessa; she bought the name when she bought the store. Why change it? Leave her alone, let her be happy in any delusion she has. She’s earned her notaries, she should enjoy it. IMHO

  2. Referring to other posts also, not just yours.