When the vendor known as and surprisingly accepted her “very low” supply, “I simply keep in mind going, ‘Oh, s–t,'” Ina mentioned, laughing, on PBS Newshour in 2017. “What have I executed?!”
Whereas she had a enterprise background, it was her first-ever profession transfer having something to do with meals, her prior expertise coming solely from being a house cook dinner. However, Ina recalled on Sunday Sitdown, Jeffrey gave her “the most effective recommendation anyone might ever get: ‘In case you find it irresistible, you may be actually good at it.’ I beloved it, so I did it.”
In hindsight, she famous, “It was extremely courageous of him to place every thing we had behind it. Labored out OK.”
Ina offered the shop in 1996 (by then she had moved it to a bigger location in East Hampton), crediting its success to the festive ambiance she created from day one with upbeat music all the time enjoying, complimentary espresso and many goodies for her prospects to pattern. Armed with a well-heeled clientele, a lot of good buzz and a savvy publicist, her 1999 publishing debut, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, was successful.