Barefoot Contessa: Our love affair continues

Posted by Dan February 19th, 2008 at 12:57pm In Food Network

iiiiiinnnnnnnnnnaaaaaaaaaaaa.jpgJust putting it out there — this is going to be a rambling, pointless post.

I was watching Barefoot Contessa over the weekend and kind of fell in love with Ina Garten again. I really have no idea what her draw is, but Barefoot Contessa is probably Food Network’s single most watchable show.

Part of it is probably envy. The I-really-want-you-to-be-my- friend-ishness of it all. I just want her to center an entire show to her lunchtime date with me and have the whole episode be this labor of love devoted to making it a special affair. Admittedly, Ina always makes her gays work for their keep (they have to bring flowers from their shop or labor in her garden) and although I have no real “skills” to contribute, hopefully poorly-thought-out blog posts will be enough.

This weekend I had one of the gayest moments of my life. I was walking around the city on Saturday with three of my gays, one of whom was carrying a birthday-celebratory banana creme pie he had made from scratch, and I was asked whether I had caught Barefoot Contessa earlier that day. The fact that I was asked this question wasn’t as gay as the fact that I had to respond in the affirmative. The show isn’t a regular talking point amongst my friends, but apparently it is enough of a cultural touchstone amongst my people that it’s a safe bet as to what I did after sleeping in on a Saturday.

And Saturday afternoon/morning’s episode wasn’t necessarily a showstopper, but it was a truly solid effort. Ina was making gazpacho for her friend’s baby shower and the first half of the show consisted of her chopping up a vegetable, pureeing it in the blender and putting it in a bowl. Then chopping up another vegetable and so on and so on. It was hypnotic and, I swear to God, I could’ve watched that shit for HOURS. It was the most relaxing thing I think I could’ve watched.

Who doesn’t love Barefoot Contessa? The answer is no one. Even babies. Babies love Barefoot Contessa. Here’s proof:[kml_flashembed movie="" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

In other news, that same morning Giada was making this dessert and now I’m completely obsessed with making it. I’m like a crazy person.


  • 1. sara  |  February 19th, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Welcome to my world. I spent half of our party on Saturday telling folks where the recipes came from (breadsticks: Giada, chicken: Emeril, sausages: Nigella).

  • 2. Vance  |  February 19th, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Actually, sometimes I hate her because how can someone be so content and soothing and relaxed? No fair!

    but yes. food porn so good…

  • 3. emily  |  February 19th, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    i actually saw that episode this weekend. i’m considering making those shortbread cookies, too…

  • 4. Michael Rebain  |  February 20th, 2008 at 8:58 am

    I discovered Ina a while ago during a visit with my parents (who are quite the Food Channel junkies) and my TIVO has been instructed to record any new episodes. As to who doesn’t like Ina, just direct yourself to the comments on the Television Without Pity page devoted to BC. These folks don’t like anything about Ina: her weight, her hair, her taste in clothes AND friends, her overuse of the same recipes, etc. I always read the latest posts after watching one of the shows just to laugh at these people who continue to watch a show they can’t stand.

    I do wish that Michael Chiarello would make some new shows though.

  • 5. Katrina C.  |  February 22nd, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    My mum actually recorded that epidose for me and I havent gotten around to watch it just yet. Now I know I have to.


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