Ina Garten has the most gorgeous life. I thought I envied Ina’s fancy French range, or her huge collection of Le Creuset French ovens in Dune, but that was before I saw her library — and now I’m positively drooling.
Ina posted a photo of her library to Instagram, and I can only imagine how many times it has since been added to people’s “dream library” Pinterest boards. It has a comfy chair with orange velvet pillows, because Ina loves a pop of orange. There’s a nice lamp for reading, and glossy, dark-blue bookshelves positively stuffed with books. That color is spectacular. I suddenly want to paint my entire house, inside and out, the exact shade of Ina’s bookshelves. And her chair looks so comfortable that if I sat in it I would just sink in and never come out, and I’d be OK with that.
“Nothing cozier than a good reading chair,” Ina wrote. “#Whatareyoureading?”
I’m reading Ship It by Britta Lundin and The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting by Alanna Okun, but what I really want to know is what Ina is reading. Because no matter how gorgeous a library is, the most interesting thing about a library is always the books that are in it. Clearly, I had to peek and see how many titles I could make out from Ina’s photo.
It’s impossible to make out every title on the bookshelves, but a few stood out, like Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, and Dr. Pankaj Ghemawat’s World 3.0: Global Prosperity and How to Achieve It. She also has Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations by Amy Chua, Conspiracy of Fools by Kurt Eichenwald, and The Great Mirror of Folly: Finance, Culture, and the Crash of 1720 from the Yale Series in Economic and Financial History.
Just in case anyone forgot that the Gartens are very smart people — Ina is a former White House budget analyst, and Jeffrey is Dean Emeritus at the Yale School of Management.
I also spotted a biography of Stephen Sondheim, and books by Philip Roth and Malcolm Gladwell. Those are big shelves, too, and I can only imagine what’s in the parts of the library we haven’t seen. I bet they’re fascinating.
I did not spot any cookbooks in Ina’s library, but that’s probably because Ina has an entire separate research library in her Hamptons house, and it’s just dedicated to storing all her cookbooks.
What are you reading, and what do you think of Ina’s library?
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