Ina Garten and her husband Jeffrey Garten are still going strong after 53 years of wedded bliss. The Barefoot Contessa author made a visit to The Drew Barrymore Show and chatted with the host about her brand new cookbook Go-To Dinners and also talked about her solid relationship with her husband. The cooking show star mentioned how she and Jeffrey would exchange letter during his time in the army. Today, their communication style is a little bit more modern.
Barrymore touched on the letter writing in the past and followed up by asking Garten, "He doesn't send letters now, but is it true that he sends you love texts?" The chef replied, "He does. And sometimes they go astray." After Barrymore pried what she meant by "astray," Garten elaborated, "He sends them to the wrong person."
Of course, Barrymore had to ask for all of us, "And what perchance do they say?" Well, Garten decided to be candid and revealed, "My dear friend, who's also my publicist, he sent a text to her, and he meant it for me, and he said, 'You're gonna be delicious tonight,' and it went to her." The cookbook author laughed and continued, "She was like, 'Woah.' She sent back, 'I don't think this was meant for me.'" Barrymore replied, "Did she like turn bright red?" Garten said she wasn't with her publicist at the time but said she could "imagine so."
While he might not be the best at how he sends love letter in the modern era, we find it absolutely adorable how Jeffrey and Ina are still smitten after over half a century as husband and wife. The pair exchanged vows back in 1968 and will celebrate their 54th anniversary together this upcoming December.
The couple reside together in a home out in East Hampton, New York. The Gartens love to go on date night dinners, sunset cruises, and romantic trips, according to People. They also love to spend time together in their home. Ina likes to document a few of their date nights on Instagram, including this recent post on Instagram with her dinner companion. The star posted it with the caption: "My favorite dinner date @thefultonnyc . Saffron Seafood Rice (delicious!) and table outside with an amazing view. Heaven!"
However, since Jeffrey is also the Dean Emeritus and Juan Trippe Professor in the Practice Emeritus of International Trade, Finance, and Business at Yale, he commutes over to Connecticut for part of the week so he can teach his classes. "We had had that schedule for 40 years, where he would leave on Monday, and come back on Friday," Garten shared in an interview with People in March 2021. "And then when that pandemic happened, I was like, 'Oh, whoa. What's going to happen here?' And 24 hours later, I'm like, 'This is great. I've got a buddy all the time.'"
Now that classes have started again in person at Yale, a similar schedule is back in rotation. "Now he'll go to Connecticut on Wednesday night and come back on Thursday night. So we don't really miss too much," she said.