With 12 titles to choose from, there’s a Barefoot Contessa cookbook for every type of cook. But how to choose, how to choose? Friend, it’s as easy as reading your birth chart. (Ms. Ina “I Only Wear Good Chambray” Garten is an Aquarius, in case you’re wondering.) Here, we’ve analyzed the stars to narrow down your choice.
The Ina Garten Cookbook You Should Add to Your Shelf, Based on Your Zodiac Sign
Aries (mar 21 – Apr 19): the Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
As a cardinal sign and the first of the zodiac, Aries is a born leader, paving the way for new ideas. Hmm, that sounds a lot like a certain Hamptonite who went from nuclear policy analyst to specialty foods store owner (and bestselling cookbook author) practically overnight. Your entrepreneurial mind will feel right at home with the contessa’s first title, which she wrote after the success of opening her food store.
Taurus (apr 20 – May 20): barefoot Contessa Family Style
Gentle, nurturing Taurus, you’re known for taking it slow and enjoying the simple things, like a gigantic casserole dish of homemade macaroni and cheese shared among friends. Barefoot Contessa Family Style is right up your alley. If you’re not making a recipe to entertain your loved ones, you’ll at least have enough leftovers to share with them later.
Gemini (may 21 – Jun 20): how Easy Is That?
Some cooks would shy away at a new recipe, but not you, Gemini. You’re ready for an adventure. But still, you’ll admit you’re a bit scatterbrained, so let’s start slow with How Easy Is That? The recipes are new but not too difficult, with plenty of variety to keep you intrigued.
Cancer (jun 21 – Jul 22): modern Comfort Food
You’re deeply sentimental and attuned to your emotions, Cancer. You need a cookbook that will nurture those sensitive traits. Modern Comfort Food (Garten’s most recent book) was basically written for you and you alone. It’s full of classic, nostalgic recipes with just enough of an Ina twist to feel fresh. Homemade black-and-white cookies? That’s what you call Friday night plans.
Leo (jul 23 – Aug 22): barefoot In Paris
As a Leo, you’re bold, passionate and love attention. And your middle name is glamour. Few things are more glam than taking a trip to Paris on a whim (er, via Barefoot in Paris, that is). In the words of Ina, how fabulous is that?
Virgo (aug 23 – Sept 22): make It Ahead
Sure, Virgo, you’re detail-oriented almost to a fault; always ten steps ahead. But it’s only because you want what’s best for everyone around you. Behold Make It Ahead, the most meticulous of the contessa compendium. Because it takes a lot of planning to be able to cook Thanksgiving dinner two nights in advance, but if anyone is up for the challenge, it’s you.
Libra (sept 23 – Oct 22): cooking For Jeffrey
Flirty Libra, your romantic energy and eye for harmony are a natural fit for Cooking for Jeffrey, Garten’s epicurean love letter to her hubs. You’ll come for the roast chicken recipe but stay for the anecdotes about Ina and Jeffrey’s college meet-cute and camping trips through Europe, and that’s totally OK.
Scorpio (oct 23 – Nov 21): back To Basics
Scorpio, you value stability and you don’t love change. “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” is your recipe motto, so Back to Basics will offer everything you desire. Take it as a compliment though; you and Good Olive Oil Garten both have exquisite taste.
Sagittarius (nov 22 – Dec 21): barefoot Contessa Parties!
Having fun is kind of your expertise, Sag. Why not make a feast and invite your friends? Better yet, enlist a pantsuit-clad Barefoot Contessa for help. After all, she is the one who says parties are recess for grown-ups.
Capricorn (dec 22 – Jan 19): cook Like A Pro
Capricorn, you take things seriously. But only because you care! And you’re no different when it comes to dinner, so crack open Cook Like a Pro and find the next recipe you’re bound to master better than any chef or—dare we say?—Ina herself.
Aquarius (jan 20 – Feb 18): foolproof
As the resident know-it-all of the zodiac, we can totally see you passing off Ina’s seared scallops and potato celery root purée as NBD to your table of guests. But that’s not a bad thing, Aquarius, because (as usual) you’re 100 percent right! Since you’re all about the abstract, Foolproof will help you reign in your ambitious dinner party ideas to a menu that works.
Pisces (feb 19 – Mar 20): Barefoot Contessa At Home
On the one hand, Pisces, you’re dreamy, glamorous and otherworldly. On the other, you’re a natural healer who loves to bring people together. You should buy Barefoot Contessa at Home, and that’s solely because we can’t think of anything more soul-soothing than inviting Ina Garten into your kitchen. Can you?