When the seller called and surprisingly accepted her “very low” offer, “I just remember saying, ‘Oh, s-t’,” Ina said with a laugh. Newsletter PBS in 2017. “What did I do?!”
Although she has a business background, this is her first time entering a career related to food, her previous experience only coming from working as a home chef. But, Ina recalled sit down sunday, Jeffrey gave her “the best advice anyone can get: ‘If you love it, you’ll be really good at it.’ I liked it, so I did it.”
In hindsight, she noted, “He was brave to put all we had behind it. It all worked out.”
Ina sold the store in 1996 (she had since moved it to a larger location in East Hampton), crediting its success to the festive atmosphere she created from day one. with upbeat music that’s always on, free coffee, and lots of giveaways for her customers. sample. Armed with an affluent clientele, a good reputation, and a savvy journalist, her 1999 debut, The Barefoot Contessa cookbookwas a hit.