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Barefoot in the Natick Collection

Posted by Erica Noonan, Globe West November 10, 2008 01:14 PM

That crowd of nearly 1,500 people in the atrium of the Natick Collection during lunchtime today wasn't there to shop the sale at Nordstrom's.

The hordes, nearly all of them women, were waiting -- some for up to 2 hours -- for a book signing with Ina Garten, author of The Barefoot Contessa cookbooks and Food Network favorite.

Williams-Sonoma hosted the noontime event, and the queue quickly wound out of the store all the way down the new wing of the shopping mall.

A cheerful looking Garten chatted and signed while taking sips of San Pellegrino water, with some customers presenting her with as many as four copes of her brand-new cooking tome, Back to Basics, for her autograph.

But no rest for the weary author, according to Garten's book tour scheduler, tomorrow she'll be doing the same thing at the Barnes & Noble in Skokie, Illinois.

-- Erica Noonan

1 comments so far...
  1. Hello -
    As a manager of the Williams Sonoma at the Natick Collection, I just want to thank
    the many hundreds of people who waited patiently in line for the Ina Garten book signing. We were so thrilled to host the event, and commend all who attended on the wonderful, positive attitude they showed throughout the long yet exciting day !!
    In addition, Ina's kindness and gracious ways made a potentially challenging day into a overwhelmingly positive event.

    Posted by katie levey November 21, 08 01:32 AM
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