Picture this: Barefoot Contessa star Ina Garten, spatula in hand, belting out Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off” while whipping up one of her dishes from her 11th (and most recently published) cookbook, Cook Like a Pro. It’s a fun image, right? Turns out, it’s probably a very accurate depiction of Garten in the kitchen as the Food Network chef is all about cranking up the tunes before she starts cooking. And on her playlist? Women who rock.
Garten created an entire playlist called “Ina’s Cooking Playlist: Women Who Rock” that’s nearly 50 tracks long, with Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” appropriately kicking it off. As the title suggests, the playlist available on both Apple Music and Spotify is chock-full of the greatest female artists of all time, from the aforementioned Swift to Beyonc, Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin, and many, many others.
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“The first thing I do when I start cooking is crank up the tunes it really gets my creative juices flowing!” Garten wrote on her website. “I’m sharing one of my go-to cooking playlists that I call ‘Women Who Rock’ – it’s a compilation of lots of my favorite songs by female artists. I hope you love it!”
Is this Garten’s go-to playlist when cooking for her husband of over 50 years, Jeffrey Garten? With tracks like “Edge of Seventeen” by Stevie Nicks and “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston, who could it not be?
We’ve known about Ina’s love for powerful female artists, though. Last year, Ina’s assistant Lidey Heuck revealed to Kitchn that she and Ina “have a thing for girl power music while cooking.” “So, Taylor Swift and Shania Twain are regulars,” she adds. But did you know that Ina also loves music from Hotel Costes in Paris? “Its funky and upbeat and is the perfect background music for cooking,” Heuck tells the publication. “We also listen to a lot of classic 70s soul, R&B, and Motown. Weve also been listening to a lot of Leon Bridges lately!”
And earlier this year, Ina also created a Valentine’s Day playlist comprised of all her favorite love songs from Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable” to Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.” The best part? The Spotify playlist’s default image is a photo of Jeffrey holding a bouquet of roses.
As if we couldn’t love Ina more than we already do…