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This Is the One Food Ina Garten Won’t Touch
Barefoot Contessa

She’s the queen of Food Network and our hearts, with an arsenal of delicious recipes and an adorable husband to boot. (We could never forget you, Jeffrey.) We thought we knew everything about Ina Garten, until we found out that the culinary goddess has one food she won’t touch. Her Majesty has spoken, and we’re listening.

That’s right, the Barefoot Contessa just can’t stand…cilantro. We knew it was polarizing, but it turns out she’s got some strong feelings. In a recent interview with Vice’s Munchies: The Podcast, Ina says, “Hate it! I know people love it…I just hate it.” She finds the herb so overpowering, she thinks it tastes like soap.

Surprising no one, the Contessa expertly avoids the divisive herb, even in her tacos and guac. So if you’re Team Cilantro, we salute you. And if you’re not, make like Ina and reach for other ingredients (think citrus or yogurt) to give your dishes that Barefoot Contessa twist. Then pop on your best chambray shirt and exclaim, “How easy is that?”

Related: 11 Magical Salad Recipes from Our Culinary Hero, Ina Garten

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