When the vendor referred to as and surprisingly accepted her “very low” supply, “I simply keep in mind going, ‘Oh, s–t,'” Ina stated, laughing, on PBS Newshour in 2017. “What have I completed?!”
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 “one of the best recommendation anyone might ever get: ‘For those who adore it, you may be actually good at it.’ I liked it, so I did it.”
In hindsight, she famous, “It was extremely courageous of him to place the whole lot we had behind it. Labored out OK.”
Ina bought 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 clients to pattern. Armed with a well-heeled clientele, plenty of good buzz and a savvy publicist, her 1999 publishing debut, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, was successful.