Ina Garten is a regular columnist in O, The Oprah Magazine, and appears on the Today show. Ina lives in East Hampton, New York, and Southport, Connecticut. <p> Ina Garten was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 2, 1948. She studied economics at Syracuse University and received a MBA at George Washington University. She worked in the White House Office of Management and Budget. <p> In 1978, she left her job and bought a specialty food store in the Hamptons called Barefoot Contessa. She sold the store in 1996 and went on to write The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook in 1999. Her other cookbooks include Barefoot in Paris, Barefoot Contessa at Home, Barefoot Contessa Foolproof, and Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. She also writes columns for House Beautiful, Martha Stewart Living, and O, The Oprah Magazine. She has been the host of the Food Network's Barefoot Contessa program since 2002. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)