Yes, this is the very same Martha Stewart.

The year was 1983.


I bought this cookbook in 1984. As I remember it, I sort of knew who this Martha was…she had a name even then. She seemed, to me, to be one of those women who could do it all. She had a beautiful house in the ‘burbs of Connecticut,  a young family, a growing catering business, an editor and writer for House Beautiful, a published book already under her belt, time to experiment with new recipes, feed her chickens and still….manage to look so put together. How did she do it all, I wondered.

Skip ahead twenty years and it was a different story. But still, despite the negative stories, I admire her. I know, I know, there are those out there who will think I’m nuts. Give me a call and we’ll talk about it!

This cookbook has remained on my shelf and continues to be one of my “go to” books when I’m wondering just what are we going to have for dinner.  Below is her “Shrimp Chinoise”: very easy and oh so good. I do take liberties with the recipe, depending on what I have in my pantry. But basically, it’s the usual veggies i.e. carrots, bok choy, red pepper, broccoli mixed with shrimp (we had fresh, Carolina shrimp!), and then a sauce of, again, the usual: rice wine vinegar, garlic, honey, mustard, oils. Mix together and serve with basmati rice: a perfect Sunday night dinner.

You can buy it here….so go take a look!