Ina Garten’s Best Love Advice in Time for Valentine’s Day
With 50 adorable years of marriage under her belt, you better believe we're taking notes!
When it comes to fairytale romance, Ina Garten and her husband Jeffrey have been serving up goals for more than 50 years. Watch just one episode of Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network and you’ll see how deep their adorable bond goes—how, after all these years, they still light up at the sight of one another.
Ina first met Jeffrey when she was just 15 years old, while visiting her brother at Dartmouth College. The two were married five years later, in 1968, and have been devoted to each other ever since. And after all these years, she still cooks for him just to bring a smile to his face.
So, what’s her secret? Thankfully, Garten celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary last year by sharing some of her best love advice with Today. Scroll down for some of our favorites:
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Don’t demand attention
"If you take care of somebody and don't worry about what they're gonna take care of you, they will," she told Today. "Rather than demanding attention, by giving attention, you get attention back. It's actually simpler than you think."
Cooking is a great way to express love for someone
"I think the best way you can express love by cooking for someone is figure out what they like — not what you like, what they like — and make it for them. And they'll feel really good."
Connect with each other when you’re apart
" Jeffrey and I don't always live in the same place, because he's at Yale in New Haven and I'm in East Hampton working on my books," Garten explained to Today. "And one thing we always do is we always connect with each other during the day. And the thing is, even though he's away, he's like this anchor in the middle of my life. Instead of making me feel kind of lost at sea, it's this big anchor in the middle of my life and it gives me enormous freedom, which is wonderful."
In an interview with People, Jeffrey, who commutes a few days a week to Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he is a professor at the Yale School of Management admitted to send sending Ina five or six texts per day when they're apart. "If I could be with her seven days a week, 24 hours a day, that would be my ideal,” he added.
Trust that they’ll be there
"The other thing that I think is really important is that, in a relationship, that each person knows that the other person, in an emergency, is gonna run toward them. And I think that's really important. Whether they need to or not, that you just know they will."