Trent & Ina is the Barefoot Contessa version of Julie & Julia
In Julie & Julia, a blogger set out to cook every recipe from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Now, there’s another home cook seeking to do the same with Ina Garten’s recipes, and he’s already tackled more than 1,000 of her dishes.
Trent Pheifer, a nonprofit worker who lives in New York, has been running his project “Store Bought Is Fine” since October 10, 2015. On his blog and an Instagram account with more than 31,000 followers, he documents his recreations of the Barefoot Contessa’s dishes, desserts, and drinks (along with the occasional Photoshop of himself next to Garten).
Pheifer gives credit to this project for sharpening his culinary and photography skills. He has also managed to catch the eye of Garten herself; as he told Town & Country last year, he once ran into the Contessa and her husband Jeffrey in Paris, and Garten already knew who he was.
At the rate that he’s cooking — four to five recipes a week — Pheifer will have worked his way through every single Garten creation by this time next year. “The end of this will be bittersweet. It’s been five years of my life. But I’m excited for the next chapter,” he tells Food52.
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