Ina Garten is the secret behind so many successful home cooks. Even my own mom relies on the Barefoot Contessa's books for rock-solid recipes that slip into our repertoire so smoothly we almost forget they were handed down by a Food Network star rather than a distant aunt.

Garten's coming to Benaroya Hall Sept. 16, where Marche chef-owner (and Seattle Times contributor) Greg Atkinson will interview her on stage as part of a national tour for her upcoming cookbook, Foolproof.

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