Ina Garten Had the Best Response About Not Having Kids

Image via Clarkson Potter
Image via Clarkson Potter

Many of my friends have kids. Many more are planning to have kids. I have a sibling with kids. I, on the other hand, do not have kids, and will probably never have kids. And the next time I am asked why I do not want to have kids (which is honestly a question I’m asked more than I ever expected to be asked), I will use the one recently used by superstar chef and lifestyle icon, Ina Garten.

In an interview with Katie Couric on her podcast—Katie’s podcast, not Ina’s (though a boy can dream)—Garten explains why she and Jeffery Garten, her loving husband of nearly 50 years, never had children. She said (emphasis mine):

“We decided not to have children. I really appreciate that other people do and we will always have friends that have children that we are close to but it was a choice I made very early.”


I do not want to presume that I have any idea what it feels like to be responsible for a precious human life, but I do know what it feels like to cook Ina’s recipe for skillet-roasted lemon chicken (one of Jeffrey’s favorites)—and boy, is it spectacular.

Staff Writer, Jezebel | Man

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Every Damn Day

I often hear about child-free folks feeling pressured by others or getting these questions about not having children. I wonder, do they live in a completely shitty city? I’m in the North East US and at 35 (parter is also in their thirties and we’ve been married for several years), we just never get these questions or comments. I somewhat feel it’s because we live in a somewhat progressive, not so traditional city (not NYC).