They're not real parties, they're made-for-tv parties.
I think that we all know this and I think that we, as regular FN viewers, can play along to watch Ina so that we get the wonderful recipes that she shares. As far as real recipes and real cooking, it's one of the better FN shows on over there.
When Ina is in the kitchen cooking by herself she's at ease talking to the camera (viewers). When there is interaction with the "friends/guests". Not so much.
So the blame can go to her producers because they are doing a crappy job of conveying what they want to convey...that she is all about entertaining and is the hostess with the mostess. When they show her hostessing, she and the guests look and sound uncomfortable, and many have commented on it. Her friends (and even hubby Jeffrey most of time) suck at being on camera.
I think that it's a sure thing that she is "friends" with Eli Zabar, Anna Pump, Patricia Wells, and maybe she really does pal around with fellow Hamptonians such as her florist, the birthday boy
Stephen, T.R. Pescod, miguel and her gardener Edwina etc., so I don't know why they so often all come off as sort of creepy to me.
On Michael Chiarello's and Giada's show, when they have their "friends" over to attend a party or cook along, at least their producers make what we all know isn't for real, seem sort
Still, I look forward to all new shows, because I love her recipes and watching her prepare them in that great kitchen.
Here are some new show descriptions that feature some more of her friends and neighbors with some airdates.
Episode IG0503- July 23, 2005 12:30 PM ET/PT Dinner and a MovieIna makes a French Movie inspired meal for her Wednesday night movie buddies.
They rent the movie and Ina makes a meal of Chicken with Garlic cloves, Moroccan Cous Cous and for a sweet finish - Ice Cream Bomb.
Episode IG0504-July 30, 2005 12:30 PM ET/PT Lunch for the BoysIna's good friend Dick Baxter
restores listed buildings in East Hampton in exchange for a tour around the sights. Ina makes lunch on the porch for his team of builders.
To keep these builders strong Ina makes Mini Meatloaves, Buttercream Mashed Potatoes, Brussels sprouts and lardons, and Brownie Pie.
Episode IG0507Cooking with TessIna helps her friends daughter Tess
cook a surprise dinner for her mum. This is party planning and a cooking master class combined - with recipes for Crab Cakes, Celeriac Roumolade Salad, and Lemon Meringue Tart
Episode IG0509-August 27, 2005 12:30 PM ET/PT Beach Volleyball Picnic
Ina puts together a portable feast to eat at the beach while watching her friend's daughter play volleyball.
She makes a high energy snack for the teams and lunch for the spectators. Recipes include: Curried Chicken Wraps, Panzanella, and Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars.
Episode IG0510Barefoot Reunion
It's the Barefoot anniversary and Ina makes Barefoot classic recipoes for her original team.
This will be a nostalgic recipe trip with great stories to reminisce about. Recipes include: BBQ ribs, Potato Salad, Blue Cheese Coleslaw, and Chocolate Ganache cup cakes