Not only has Ina Garten taught us how to make the perfect chicken piccata, but she’s also doled out indispensible life advice on her show, in her cookbooks and via social media. Below, 15 of the most important lessons we’ve learned from the goddess. 

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1. There’s no wrong way to chambray
Yes, you can wear the same thing every single day. (Though it helps if the “same thing” is a custom-made breezy button-down.)

2. You don’t need formal training to be a good cook
Ina’s self-taught, baby.

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3. Career changes are OK
Before cooking her way into our hearts on Food Network, Ina worked in the White House. Casual.

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4. Eat local
Yes, Ina grows her own kale.

5. Clean up after every meal
Even after a second helping of mocha chocolate icebox cake, Ina makes sure to load the dishwasher after every (delicious) meal.

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6. Learn how to delegate
Ina tackles the dishes, but Jeffrey takes out the garbage.

7. Follow recipes exactly
There’s a time and a place for off the cuff. An hour before dinner is to be served is neither that time nor that place.

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8. Be cordial with your colleagues
Ladies supporting ladies.

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9. There’s no shame in the occasional fast-food splurge
Yes, even a master chef like Ina gives in to Shake Shack cravings.

10. Surprise people with your special skills
Umm, Ina has a pilot’s license. Yeah. She earned it while Jeffrey was deployed in Vietnam.

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11. It’s always five o’clock somewhere
Especially if it’s an Aperol Spritz sipped in the company of your adorable husband.

12. Stay humble
Ina’s never watched herself on TV. She’s missing out.

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13. You’re never too old to be a fangirl
Except in Ina’s case, she’s legit friends with T-Swift.

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14. Or to play with your food
She captioned this #butterhenge, and it’s nothing short of a masterpiece.

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15. Never get too comfortable with your success
At this point, Ina has nothing to prove (seriously, nothing), but she’s still churning out cookbooks and shows and world-class selfies.

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