Ina Garten’s husband, Jeffrey Garten, doesn’t like receiving gifts. Yet he loves giving them. Take, for example, the time he surprised his Food Network star wife with an expensive painting.
The barefoot countess took her husband to an art gallery to show him the work of an artist
In an April 2021 interview with Oprah Daily, Garten gave a tour of the “barn” that serves as his office. The 2,000 square foot space has everything the cookbook author needs to develop new recipes and film barefoot countess. Along the way, she shared the story behind April Gornik’s painting that hangs above her fireplace.
“I have an April Gornik painting, and every time I look at it, I think I can’t believe I have an April Gornik painting,” she told the publication. before explaining how she got it.
“We bought her 15 years ago, and at the time, even though we were friends with her, Jeffrey didn’t know her work,” she said. “So one day when we were in New York, I took him to his gallery, just to show him his art.”
“We saw a few rooms based on the Namib Desert, which she had visited after watching the opening scene of The English Patient, and they were so beautiful,” Garten recalls.
Ina Garten’s husband apologized for buying a painting
After browsing the gallery, Garten’s husband snuck out to buy a painting. As the Food Network star recalled, her husband of over 50 politely apologized without providing any details.
“At one point Jeffrey said, ‘Excuse me, I have something to do,'” Garten said. “And I thought, where are you going?”
Eventually, Garten’s husband returned to inform her of what he had done. “When he came back he said, ‘I just bought it for the barn because it really belongs there,” Garten recalled. “I couldn’t believe he did that, but I’m so glad he did. Honestly, I didn’t think we’d ever be able to afford it!
Garten’s net worth is estimated at $50-60 million.
The Food Network star has other prized possessions in her barn
The Gornik paint isn’t the only special feature in the barn. In fact, far from it. Not only is the painting that Garten’s husband purchased is on display in Barefoot Contessa’s workspace, but so is her extensive collection of cookbooks.
“At one point, I just had cookbooks everywhere,” Garten said. “I wanted to put them in a closet, but there were too many for a closet. So I thought, why don’t I make a cookbook library? »
With the help of a designer, that’s exactly what Garten did. His “cookbook library” takes up an entire wall in the barn. Made with rustic looking wood, there is a series of open shelves. Each is stocked with wine glasses and cookbooks. A few on the top remain empty for any future purchases.
Garten’s “cookbook library” includes her personal favorites (she loves specialty food store cookbooks) as well as others she’s accumulated over the years. Placed neatly above the books are white cake stands that Garten has collected from around the world.
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