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I would venture to say every American has heard of Martha Stewart I would also say if I were to ask those same people what is the first thing they think of when they hear her name I would have several different answers Everything from homemaker to entrepreneur to business magnate to author to television host or even felon and thats just the tip of the iceberg Martha Stewart 64 was born Martha Helen Kostyra Jersey City New Jersey Raised in Nutley New Jersey Martha was the oldest of five children As a young girl Marthas mother Martha taught her to sew and cook and she learned gardening from her father Eddie She also learned how to can and preserve food from her grandparents while visiting them in Buffalo New York From this Martha developed a passion for gardening cooking and gardening which lead eventually to the development of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia MSLO 2006 Martha graduated from high school a straight A student and then went to Barnard College Where after switching majors several times she earned a bachelors degree in history and architectural history During her sophomore year she became married to Andy and after graduation became a very successful stockbroker Breezylear 2004 In 1976 Stewart started a catering business in her basement with a friend and later business partner from college Her new business became very successful and eventually Stewart bought her friends portion of the business Stewart opened also a retail store The Market Basket at the Common Market shopping center where she sold her home entertainment kits Marthas husband Andy had become the president of prominent New York publisher Harry N Abrams Inc Andy Stewart contracted Stewarts company to cater the book release party where she was introduced to Alan Mirken the head of Crown Publishing Group Mirken was impressed by Stewarts talent and later contacted her to develop a cookbook featuring recipes and photos from the parties that Stewart
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