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Ina Garten: Love Her or Leave Her?


I was disappointed to hear that one of my favorite Food Network personalities, Ina Garten (or the Barefoot Contessa), has turned down the request to cook with a Make-A-Wish cancer patient. Apparently, a 6-year-old boy with leukemia asked to cook with Garten not once, but twice — and he was repeatedly told no. According to Garten's reps, the Hamptons chef is currently too busy to meet with the boy. For years, I've been a huge fan of Garten and her reliable, delicious recipes. However, this makes me wonder if it's just an act. How do you feel about her?

Update: It turns out that Garten wasn't aware of the boy's request and she has agreed to meet with him and his family!

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Theresa6767676767 Theresa6767676767 4 years
I THINK THAT ALL WHAT THIS CHILD COULD HAVE WISHED FOR, HE WISHED TO COOK WITH HER.......OH GOODNESS INA HOW TRULY AND UTTERLY VERY VERY DISAPPOINTING ON YOUR PART! NEVER WILL I WATCH YOUR SHOW AGAIN! HOW SAD YOU ARE!
dleighl dleighl 5 years
I hate the way she wheezes. I can't stand hearing it.
dclsweetspot dclsweetspot 5 years
@Susannah chen, I find the music annoying at times and the cut away scenes to her making fake calls to friends or her friends buying flower, etc. just doesn't seem to belong in a cooking show. I don't mind everyone coming together to eat, it's the filler that is distracting from the recipes. That said, it's my opnion, and given she has a large following I'm sure I'm in the minority.
Atiyah Atiyah 5 years
I have seen her work with kids on her show and its always difficult to watch, almost like she doesnt know how to interact with children. I wish them both the best with his wish.
ticamorena ticamorena 5 years
she's sort of an american nigella/delia combo = win/win! when she says the "best" ingredients, i don't necessarily think she's strictly implying that they must be the most expensive...or maybe it's a different story with food production in the US. anyhow, i like her recipes because you get a pretty firm idea of the flavours and textures because she keeps it simple.
amber512 amber512 5 years
I also am extremely irritated every time she mentions using "the very best..." or "get the GOOD...." Maybe if I were rich like you Ina!
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 5 years
Limelindsey, interesting and valid point. dclsweetspot, what don't you like about the way the show is produced?
dclsweetspot dclsweetspot 5 years
I'm learning to appreciate her. I don't like the way the show is produced but she is informative and cooks interesting food. I do find it sad that people are so quick to devour a celebrity based on a story, especially one that doesn't see to fit the celebrities personality. What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty? Also, does being a celebrity mean you must honor each and every single request for charity or you will be destroyed. I don't think they would have time to work or have a family if that were the case. We live in a sad society sometimes. Too quick to judge.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 5 years
....still will go to her recipes....
limelindsey limelindsey 5 years
I love her recipes! But I do get annoyed at her show sometimes, particularly at her use of the phrase "very best ____." Like, "use the very best butter." Or vanilla. Or whatever. I find it condescending. Doesn't everyone use the best ingredients they can afford?
NYCBella NYCBella 5 years
Ina is only human. While it would be great if she could make every appearance and appointment she's can't. None of us can. It is disappointing news but I get it. Still will be a fan of hers.
amaebi519 amaebi519 5 years
Is this really a fair story/poll to keep posted, given the update?
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
Love her recipes--I have almost all of her books. But this news disappoints me greatly. She couldn't tuck away a couple of hours for a terminally ill child? Sad, really.
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