From avocado toast to quinoa, find out how the Barefoot Contessa feels about 14 polarizing foods.

Meghan Overdeep
November 13, 2018
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In these fraught times, it’s important to know where your favorite celebrities stand on divisive matters—like pumpkin spice lattes and zucchini noodles.

Luckily, Ina Garten is more than willing to share her opinions on all things food-related. For instance, we’re already well aware of her hatred for cilantro and adoration for San Marzano canned tomatoes. And now, thanks to Today, we can sleep easy knowing how she feels about the hottest culinary trends as well.

Today recently asked the Barefoot Contessa, who is busy promoting her latest cookbook, Cook Like a Pro to classify 14 food fads in one of two categories: hot or not.

Her opinions might surprise you!

Pumpkin spice latte: NOT

“I like coffee to taste like coffee,” Garten said.

Avocado toast: HOT

Almond milk: HOT/NOT

“I’m a big believer in real milk,” the culinary maven explained, “but if you can’t milk it, almond milk is just fine.”

Grain bowls:  HOT

Pineapple pizza: NOT

“Ugh,” Garten grimaced. “Definitely not hot.”

Kale: HOT

Cauliflower rice: HOT

 “I love cauliflower in any form—soup, on toast—and cauliflower rice is fantastic,” she said. “Definitely hot.”

Aperol Spritz: HOT

“I love them,” Garten explained. “Definitely hot. My favorite cocktail of all time is a whiskey sour, but in the summer, I love a nice Aperol Spritz.”

Matcha: UNDECIDED

The 70-year-old admitted to never having tried this powdered green tea.

Zucchini noodles: HOT/NOT

 Garten served up a bit of a curveball with this one. “like them mixed with pasta,” she explained. “So I like zucchini and pasta together but not just zucchini.”

Unicorn foods: NOT

“If I don’t know what it is, I’m probably not going to eat it,” Garten said.

Quinoa: HOT

As long as it’s cooked right, she said she’s a big fan.

Kombucha: NOT

 “I’m not big on anything that’s fermented,” she admitted.

Cilantro: NOT

 “Not now, not ever,” Garten said matter-of-factly.