02/02/2012 01:20 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2012

Ina Garten Birthday: 10 Reasons To Celebrate The Barefoot Contessa's 64th

February 2nd is a special day for three reasons. It's one of 12 days in the year when the number of the month is the same as the number of day. It's Groundhog Day. And most importantly, it's Ina Garten's birthday!

That's right: 64 years ago today, the Barefoot Contessa was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. In a world where many celebrity chefs are known for behaving badly, she's usually a beacon of decorum. (Though consider yourself warned, Ina: if you're diagnosed with diabetes, don't keep it a secret for three years! Your food may not be as manifestly unhealthy as Paula's, but it's not exactly dietetic.) Even if Garten's pacific comportment keeps her out of the tabloids, though, it doesn't make her boring, because her cookbooks and TV show continue to be useful, beautifully produced guides to the good life.

Still not convinced you should celebrate Ina Garten's 64th birthday? Here are 10 compelling reasons you should:



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