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Ina Garten Feels She Prepared Her Whole Life to Be Quarantined with Her Husband

Joe Akins
Oct 05, 2020
06:30 A.M.
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Food pro Ina Garten opened up on how quarantine life turned out with Jeffery, her spouse of over five decades. The TV star noted that a lot of preparation went into gearing for the lockdown.


Ina and Jeffrey Garten have been together for over 50 years, but like many other couples, the quarantine period was a whole new experience for them.

Bearing in mind that they would have more than enough time together more than they have had in older times, Ina shared in an interview that she made optimum preparation.

Ina Garten attends Ina Garten in Conversation with Danny Meyer at 92nd Street Y on January 31, 2017. | Photo: Getty Images



Ina Garten, 72, in an interview with PEOPLE, shared that she and her hubby had busy career lives that had them commuting from different locations. However, the seven months of quarantine and social distancing put a pause on that lifestyle. She said about preparing:

"I feel like I prepared my whole life to be quarantined, or working towards a place where we could be quarantined…"

"Barefoot Contessa" star Ina went on as she recalled that she and her spouse haven't had this much time on their hands since the '70s. Their busy schedule always made the TV veteran wonder how retirement would be, and she said that the COVID-19 lockdown gave her an idea.



Cookbook author Ina and the Dean of Yale School of Management, Jeffery Garten, became man and wife in 1968 when they were 20 and 22, respectively. While recalling what her wedding was like, Ina shared that they had their ceremony at her mom's home, and it was a dream-come-true wedding.

The cookbook author noted that when in a romantic relationship, it should be about selflessness.


Ina became a military wife when she and Jeffrey got married. The young Jeffrey had enlisted in the Army, and he was sent to Fayetteville. Jeffery helped kickstart his wife's culinary career as he recalled that he came home one day and decided that if she was not "doing something," she might regret it later.


Ina believes that when one finds their significant other, there is a gut feeling that establishes that they are "the one." The star shared that she had that gut feeling when she met her spouse at the age of 15.


The cookbook author noted that when in a romantic relationship, it should be about selflessness. She said on Today: "Rather than demanding attention, by giving attention, you get attention back…"

While the 72-year-old star established that cooking was one way of expressing affection, she added that little gestures are vital. 

Ina gave love a broader scope as she stated that it was all about surrounding one's self with people one loves and not the other way round.


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