Star Kitchen: Ina Garten
Ina Garten shows Food Network Magazine her well-stocked and camera-ready kitchen. Photographs by Quentin Bacon.
Ina Garten's Kitchen
Ina Garten calls this kitchen "the barn," but it smells so much better than the name implies: When you're sitting at the counter in the summer, the scent of lavender wafts in from the garden and mixes with whatever she's cooking that day — in Food Network Magazine's case, pizza and salted caramels.
This extra-large basket is meant for firewood but Ina uses it for oversized cutting boards and cooling racks, so they're hidden but still easy to reach.
Ina prefers the soft light of table lamps to harsh overhead kitchen lights. "It really warms up the counter," she says.
This white cabinet is Ina's refrigerator; its twin is at the other end. She also has two dishwashers under the island where she's standing; they're smartly placed opposite the cabinets, rather than underneath them, for easy unloading.
Wooden spoons, whisks and spatulas are always at the ready, but they don't live in the same bin. "It looks like a mess unless you put all the wood in one, and all the metal in the other," Ina says.
The mixer, juicer and food processor stay out, not in cabinets. "You shouldn't have to go get something every time you need it," Ina says. She keeps equipment to a minimum — no fancy pasta makers here. "I have everything I need, and nothing that I don't need."
"I take whatever I just shopped for and put it right on the counter," Ina says. "It's inspiring to see fresh produce, and you remember to use it. Also, lemons give off more juice when they're at room temperature."
Ina's kitchen is two in one, with duplicate Sub-Zero refrigerators, Viking ranges and knife blocks, plus plenty of counter space so others can join in the cooking.