Ina Garten Explains Why She's Called The Barefoot Contessa

It was an accident that came to define her whole brand.

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"So many people ask, 'What does Barefoot Contessa mean?'" is how Ina Garten begins her . Inquiring minds want to know how the domestic doyenne acquired the brand name behind and television series.

"It was the original name of my specialty food store after a ," Garten writes, referring to the store she bought in East Hampton, New York when she .

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Garten inherited the Barefoot Contessa name when she took over the store. "," Garten has explained.

For Garten, "it means being both elegant and earthy."

Be sure to check out her newest show, Cook Like a Pro, when it starts airing on Food Network in May.

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