A Master List of Martha Stewart's Books—All 97 of Them
Her first book, Entertaining, was published in 1982, and our founder hasn't slowed down since.
To date, Martha Stewart has written and published an astounding 97 books (and counting!) over the course of her nearly 40-year-long career. Writing books, says our founder, served as the bedrock of her vocation—and her first, Entertaining, put her on the map. "What really changed my life was the publication of Entertaining ($10.53, amazon.com) in 1982. That really changed my life. I found my voice—and I think I'd found my career," she tells MarthaStewart.com. Since that pivotal moment, she has published 96 more, all dedicated to the many aspects of keeping a beautiful home.
When most of us think of Martha's many volumes, we go straight to cookbooks. It's a natural jump when you consider the fact that our founder's recipes, including her earliest ones, are timeless keepsakes passed down over a generation (or two!). But there's so much more to Martha's complete book list—from decorating guides, wedding planners, and opuses on flower arranging to holiday-centric volumes and how-to (do just about everything) manuals, there's something for absolutely everyone in the lifestyle expert's collective oeuvre. It's a testament to Martha's incredible scope; she's a master in every field when it comes to the home and has helped so many of us improve our skills in the kitchen, in the garden, as a hostess, and beyond.
In many ways, Martha's magazines, Martha Stewart Living included, were born out of our founder's books. "I had many ideas in my head—I thought, well, maybe a magazine would be the right format for these ideas," Martha tells us. "But I had first proposed a series of beautiful how-to books to Clarkson Potter. I called them Beautiful How-To. I wanted them to cover sewing, knitting, everything! Organizing, "good things"—the whole thing. And they said no, they weren't really interested in a series of books. Of course, now what is it, 97 books later?" Martha laughs. Book 97—her most recent, Martha Stewart's Cake Perfection ($21.68, amazon.com), which debuted in October 2020—certainly won't be her last. And believe us when we say that the volumes to come, like the iterations Martha ideated and executed in the 1980s and '90s, will perpetually withstand the test of time, simply because Martha does (and always will). Ahead, every single book she has ever written.
This was the entertaining manual to buy upon its release in 1982—and the one that launched Martha's career. It was the first of its kind, a comprehensive tome on hosting parties, big or small, including a series of recipes perfectly suited to entertaining. The book was also the spark behind her next few projects, since it unearthed a myriad of new ideas and topics to explore. "It's a big job taking care of one's home, and one's family, and one's kids—and then do everything else," Martha tells MarthaStewart.com. "And, and that's what I was trying to do with my writing the first book—and then I kept writing books. Finding my voice in terms of the home just made me very happy."
Shop Now: Entertaining, $10.53, amazon.com.
Martha Stewart's Quick Cook
Her next book, Martha Stewart's Quick Cook, came on the heels of Entertaining, in 1983. With 200 easy, elegant recipes—folded into 52 menus and organized by season—that are ready in one hour or less, it's a staple in American homes to this day.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart's Quick Cook, $24.95, amazon.com.
Martha Stewart's Hors D'Oeuvres
Martha Stewart's Pies & Tarts
Mixed fruit, berry, vegetable, chocolate, nut—Martha covers just about every pie or tart type imaginable in this 100-plus-recipe book, which debuted in 1985. Though the majority of Pies & Tarts is achievable for bakers of all skill sets and levels, there are a few of next-level options—like the Concord grape pie, for example, featuring a grape cluster, leaves, and tendrils made entirely of pastry.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart's Pies & Tarts, $12.94, amazon.com.
Weddings, published in 1987, would go on to inspire an entire magazine (Martha Stewart Weddings ran its first issue less than a decade later, in 1994)—which makes perfect sense when you consider the scope of the source material. Filled with glossy images from over 40 wedding ceremonies and receptions, Weddings is a bride's complete guide to planning any type of an event; its many chapters cover it all, from organization, invitations, and bouquets to music, decoration, menus, and cakes (recipes and step-by-step assembly tips, included).
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Weddings, $58.85, amazon.com.
Martha Stewart's Quick Cook Menus
A continuation of Quick Cook, Quick Cook Menus (1988) was filled with 230 new recipes (again, segmented into 52 menus) ideated and executed by America's favorite hostess.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart's Quick Cook Menus, $11.50, amazon.com.
The Wedding Planner
It was the planner to gift a bride-to-be when it came out in 1988—Martha's custom, interactive guide featured tabbed sections with checklists and to-dos; the book was also filled with pockets for storing paper and fabric samples and contracts. A six-month calendar kept couples on track as the big day drew closer.
Shop Now: The Wedding Planner by Martha Stewart, $5.49, thriftbooks.com.
Martha Stewart's Christmas
Our founder's first holiday-centric book, Martha Stewart's Christmas, was released in 1989 and is comprehensive to say the least: Filled with hundreds of recipes, entertaining tips, decorating, and craft ideas, the tome also encourages American families to make their own traditions.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart's Christmas: Entertaining, Decorating, Giving, $24.99, amazon.com.
Martha Stewart's Gardening
The first thing Martha did when she purchased Westport, Connecticut-based Turkey Hill—her first of many famous homes—in 1971 was plant an orchard of old-fashioned fruit trees. She continued to acquire acres adjacent to the main property throughout the years, expanding her orchards and gardens onto just about every inch. She had become a master gardener—a keeper of colorful perennials, berry bushes, and everything in between. So, naturally, she wrote a book on the subject in 1991, teaching novice and longtime gardeners alike about creating and maintaining a flourishing, colorful yard.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart's Gardening: Month by Month, $8.32, amazon.com.
Martha Stewart's Hors D'Oeuvres
"I love hors d'oeuvres because they provide an opportunity to be wonderfully creative in the kitchen," Martha wrote in the forward of the 1992 paperback reprint—the first of several softcover reprints that would run that year—of her best-selling book, Martha Stewart's Hors D'Oeuvres.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart's Hors D'Oeuvres, $22.31 amazon.com.
Martha Stewart's Pies & Tarts
In many ways, Martha Stewart's Pies & Tarts was the first of its kind—it's one of the most inspiring, comprehensive dessert cookbooks of all time. It was reprinted, 160 glossy photos and all, in paperback form in 1992.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart's Pies & Tarts, $18.99, amazon.com.
Martha Stewart's Quick Cook
The quintessential cookbook of the '90s (and beyond!), predicated on how to create flavorful, crowd-pleasing meals in an hour or less, was re-released in 1992.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart's Quick Cook, $7.59, amazon.com.
Martha Stewart's Quick Cook Menus
Martha Stewart's Quick Cook's companion book was also reprinted in 1992, this time in a paperback edition, brand-new cover and all.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart's Quick Cook Menus, $5.49, amazon.com.
Martha Stewart's New Old House
Turkey Hill, the definition of a fixer-upper, also taught Martha everything there was to know about renovating and preserving a historic residence, and ultimately inspired Martha Stewart's New Old House (1992). This oeuvre tackles one of the most daunting projects any homeowner could ever face: The renovation of an entire house. She took a start-to-finish approach when writing, beginning with demolition and reno and culminating in decorating and landscaping.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart's New Old House: Restoration, Renovation, Decoration, Landscaping, $32.50, amazon.com.
Martha Stewart's Christmas
Martha's first dedicated holiday book was reprinted in 1993; the cover features our founder with boughs of pine in hand, likely off to craft a wreath or garland for Christmas dinner (the book is full of festive projects, recipes, gift ideas, and more).
Shop Now: Martha Stewart's Christmas, $52.29, amazon.com.
Martha Stewart's Menus for Entertaining
Whatever type of party you are throwing—large or small, casual or ultra-formal—Martha has a menu for it in her 1994 book, Martha Stewart's Menus for Entertaining; in addition to the 20 menus, the guide also offers food styling and general hospitality tips.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart's Menus for Entertaining, $17.50, amazon.com.
Culled from the pages of her magazine, Martha Stewart Living (which went into circulation in 1991), this 1994 manual to holiday cooking, entertaining, decorating, gift wrapping, table settings, and so much more takes readers from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day.
Shop Now: Holidays, $9.99, ebay.com.
The Martha Stewart Cookbook
The recipes in the first of three books Martha would go on to publish in 1995 are easy to follow—plus, the book boasts advice on how to embellish, store, and gift the culinary creations.
Shop Now: The Martha Stewart Cookbook, $18.99, amazon.com.
Spanning New Year's to Halloween, Special Occasions, which was published 1995, covers 12 of the calendar year's holidays. Full menus and fun projects (on topics such as lighting an outdoor party and dyeing Easter eggs) round out this oeuvre.
Shop Now: Special Occasions, $7.01, amazon.com.
What to Have for Dinner
In 1996, Martha culled all of the recipes printed under the "What to Have for Dinner" vertical of Martha Stewart Living (one of the most popular sections of the magazine) into a beautifully illustrated volume that was organized by season and offered 30 straightforward menus for families of four.
Shop Now: What to Have for Dinner, $12.06, amazon.com.
How to Decorate
Another 1996 debut, How to Decorate covers several of Martha's and the Martha Stewart Living editors' best home decorating projects. The main focus? How to elevate and optimize a room for its actual use—in practice, not just in theory.
Shop Now: How to Decorate, $18.90, amazon.com.
Great American Wreaths
Part crafting book, part decorating guide, Great American Wreaths (1996) is a missive on wreath-making. With 51 projects—a nod to the country's 50 states and the District of Columbia—that can work for every season, the book offers step-by-step guides to making locally-inspired décor.
Shop Now: Great American Wreaths, $4.79, amazon.com.
It's a phrase any Martha fan will recognize. At first, "Good Things" was a popular column in the young days of Martha Stewart Living—but it quickly turned into a tenet of Martha's brand. This book, released in 1997, presents some of the earliest "good things" from the magazine in one place and offers lessons, tips, and tricks on all topics related to the home.
Shop Now: Good Things, $38.90, amazon.com.
Christmas with Martha Stewart Living (Volume 1)
Folded paper stars, felt bags, Swedish ginger cookies, and boxes of Swiss meringue—these are just a few of the fan-favorite ideas, recipes, and projects in Christmas with Martha Stewart Living (1997). The first of two volumes offers timeless inspiration for the quintessential American Christmas.
Shop Now: Christmas with Martha Stewart Living (Volume 1), $9.99, amazon.com.
In 1997, Martha released a missive on everything party-related, complete with unique theme ideas (and menus, recipes, and decorating ideas) for each. A few standouts? The "Mediterranean Buffet" and "Garden Harvest Party"—two parties we'd love to attend today.
Shop Now: Great Parties, $12.46, amazon.com.
Martha Stewart's Healthy Quick Cook
Martha has always prioritized healthy cooking—and in 1997, she helped families around the country do so, as well, with the release of Martha Stewart's Healthy Quick Cook. She focused on easy-to-prepare, simple recipes when putting this book together, concentrating more on balancing food groups and eating intuitively than on calorie counts.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart's Healthy Quick Cook, $15.99, amazon.com.
After 16 years and 27 books, our founder re-released her opus, Entertaining—with a stylish new cover that paid homage to the original—in paperback form in 1998.
Shop Now: Entertaining, $37.95, amazon.com.
A companion book to How to Decorate, this volume, which debuted in 1998, is full of elegant do-it-yourself projects—like transforming lackluster antiques and curating the ultimate gallery wall—and finishing touches (think elevated throw pillows and decorating with mirrors).
Shop Now: Decorating Details, $15.38, amazon.com.
Christmas with Martha Stewart Living: Decorating for the Holidays Volume 2
Martha brought some Christmas to July in 1998 with the release of this guide to holiday decorating. With Christmas tree ornaments, traditional garlands, table centerpieces, and more, this book serves as the ultimate how-to for decking the halls of your home festively.
Shop Now: Christmas with Martha Stewart Living: Decorating for the Holidays Volume 2, $3.21, amazon.com.
A dessert for absolutely every occasion—that's what you'll find in this 1998 baking book, which covers everything from birthday cakes to country picnic sweets.
Shop Now: Desserts, $14.95, amazon.com.
Our founder debuted her first tome on flower arranging in 1999. It's the ultimate manual for beginners: The photo-driven book, filled with arrangements culled from Martha's garden, walks novices through using floral tools, choosing vessels, harvesting flowers, conditioning blooms, and more essential skills.
Shop Now: Arranging Flowers, $7.26, amazon.com.
Christmas with Martha Stewart Living: Crafts and Keepsakes for the Holidays
Consider this 1999 craft book the DIY gift-giver's guide to the holidays. Complete with projects on ornaments, stocks, favors, and more, there's a creative, meaningful present here for just about any person on your list.
Shop Now: Christmas with Martha Stewart Living: Crafts and Keepsakes for the Holidays, $27.80, amazon.com.
Favorite Comfort Food
The cover (Martha's holding a grilled cheese!) says it all. In 1999, she debuted a collection of her favorite feel-good, soul-nourishing recipes, from savory meals like macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, and pizza to sweet indulgences, including chocolate bread pudding and brownies. It's the only comfort food cookbook you'll ever need to buy—it covers it all.
Shop Now: Favorite Comfort Food, $15.99, amazon.com.
Gardening from Seed
Starting your flowers from seed is an ambitious but achievable task when you're armed with this manual, which Martha and the Martha Stewart Living editors published in 1999. In addition to tips on how to best start seeds indoors and sowing them outside when the time is right, the book offers a glossary of over 100 common plant, flower, and herb varieties.
Shop Now: Gardening from Seed, $10.95, amazon.com.
The Best of Martha Stewart Living: Weddings
In 1999, the Martha Stewart Living team also published a collection of their best big-day tips, recipes, projects, favors, decorations, and more—a culmination of all of the wedding content they'd created since the dawn of the magazine. At this point, Martha's wedding-centric magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, had been in print for five years—it was actually expanded from a yearly to a quarterly issue in 1999.
Shop Now: The Best of Martha Stewart Living: Weddings, $42.36, amazon.com.
Martha Stewart's Hors D'Oeuvres Handbook
Searching for an appetizer? You'll find one—categorized by composition, including layered and stacked; wrapped, rolled, filled, folded, and stuffed; and skewered and threaded—in Martha Stewart's Hors d'Oeuvres Handbook, the sixth (yes, sixth!) and final book she released in 1999.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart's Hors D'Oeuvres Handbook, $14.93, amazon.com.
Gardening 101: Learn How to Plan, Plant, and Maintain a Garden was published a year later, in March 2000. Complete with illustrated lessons, this book broke down the basics of growing flowers, vegetables, shrubs and trees. It was apt timing. Martha purchased her Bedford, New York, at the turn of the millennium, as well—a working farm known for its impressive landscaping.
Shop Now: Gardening 101, $41.60, amazon.com.
Christmas with Martha Stewart Living: Parties and Projects for the Holidays (Volume 4)
The Martha Stewart Living team's fourth Christmas-centric volume debuted in 2000 and helped holiday hosts bring a dose of festive cheer into every end-of-the-year entertaining endeavor.
Shop Now: Christmas with Martha Stewart Living: Parties and Projects for the Holidays (Volume 4), $14.96, amazon.com.
The Martha Stewart Living 10th Anniversary Cookbook
To celebrate 10 years of Living Martha and her editors—who had made cooking one of the biggest content areas of the magazine—gathered each and every recipe to ever appear in the publication's pages and organized them into an anniversary cookbook. The result? Over 1,200 recipes, including breakfast, hors d'oeuvres, meat, poultry, fish and shellfish, and dessert (with supporting chapters on soups, salads, vegetables, potatoes, and vegetarian courses) from cover to cover.
Shop Now: The Martha Stewart Living 10th Anniversary Cookbook, $21.25, amazon.com.
Good Things for Organizing
Martha has always been an organizational maestro, and this book, which hit shelves in 2001, gave her fans practical, attainable storage solutions for their own homes. Predicated on the ever-popular Good Things column, this book is a treasure trove of organization tips for every room (think your closet or home office) and collection, from silverware to spools of thread.
Shop Now: Good Things for Organizing, $12.69, amazon.com.
Take a look at Martha's impressive roster of Halloween costumes to date (it's impossible to pick a favorite), and it's easy to see that our founder loves this holiday. This 2001 book's cover, featuring a red-eyed Martha in costume, speaks to the spooky, creative delights inside, including holiday-ready recipes like "mauled" apple cider and spiderweb sundaes and overarching tips on how to decorate or create a haunted house.
Shop Now: Halloween, $32.35, amazon.com.
Christmas with Martha Stewart Living: Classic Crafts and Recipes for the Holidays (Volume 5)
The fifth installation in Martha Stewart Living's Christmas book series was released in 2001. In this tome, Martha and her team focused on the classics on both the craft (think making wreaths and garlands with berries) and cooking fronts (think fruitcake you actually want to eat).
Shop Now: Christmas with Martha Stewart Living: Classic Crafts and Recipes for the Holidays (Volume 5), $31.88, amazon.com.
Annual Recipes 2002
Looking for every recipe featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine in 2001? You'll find all 500-plus of them—organized by month—in this yearly volume, the first in this new series.
Shop Now: Annual Recipes 2002, $15.19, amazon.com.
Decorating with Color
Martha has always understood that the right shade can transform a room. In 2002, she released a book on all things bold and bright, with chapters on culling a color palette, drawing interior design inspiration from bright (and up until then, banal) everyday objects, and recreating prints on furniture.
Shop Now: Decorating with Color, $33.50, amazon.com.
Good Things from Tag Sales & Flea Markets
Martha has been an avid collector all her life. In this book, published in 2002, the master shares her method, including sourcing, identifying, caring for, and transforming valuables scooped up at yard sales and flea markets—and offers her expert insight into the hunting and bargaining process.
Shop Now: Good Things from Tag Sales & Flea Markets, $14.72, amazon.com.
Christmas with Martha Stewart Living: Classic Crafts and Recipes Inspired by the Songs of Christmas (Volume 6)
In 2002, the Martha Stewart Living today released one of their most creative Christmas editions to date: Every project and recipe was inspired by a popular carol. The book opens on a high note with "The 12 Days of Christmas"—a craft based on the gifts listed in the song.
Shop Now: Christmas with Martha Stewart Living: Classic Crafts and Recipes Inspired by the Songs of Christmas (Volume 6), $12, amazon.com.
Annual Recipes 2003
This book, which debuted at the end of 2002, listed every recipe (over 500!) that made it into the pages of Martha Stewart Living that year.
Shop Now: Annual Recipes 2003, $5.99, amazon.com.
Martha Stewart's Menus for Entertaining
In 2002, Martha's 1994 hit, Martha Stewart's Menus for Entertaining (filled with 20 inspiring ideas for a myriad of the year's celebrations), was reprinted in a special paperback edition with an updated cover—we love how the bright gingham background pays homage to the original, as does Martha's prop (a beautiful basket of produce!).
Shop Now: Martha Stewart's Menus for Entertaining, $7.76, amazon.com.
Martha Stewart Collection of Writing Papers
It wasn't a book, but it was certainly treasured: In 2002, Martha released a stationery collection, featuring luxurious papers covered in botanicals. The set, complete with writing sheets, cards, postcards, envelopes, and seals, was packaged in a beautiful portfolio—and was the ultimate gift for Martha lovers. Unfortunately, this keepsake is out of print—but you can shop Martha's current range of paper products at Staples.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Cream Vine Poly Letter Discbound Notebook, $14.99, staples.com.
Good Things for Easy Entertaining
The next book in Martha's Good Things series, which was published in 2003, focused on the tips, tricks, and recipes—from appetizers to dessert—hostesses need to make entertaining a regular practice.
Shop Now: Good Things for Easy Entertaining, $20.20, amazon.com.
The Martha Stewart Living Christmas Cookbook
In 2003, Martha culled over 600 of her favorite Christmas recipes to ever run in the pages of Martha Stewart Living, which had been in print for over a decade at the time. In other words, this is the Christmas cookbooks of all Christmas cookbooks.
Shop Now: The Martha Stewart Living Christmas Cookbook, $18.99, amazon.com.
Annual Recipes 2004
Martha and the Martha Stewart Living team did it again—at the end of 2003, our founder published a book filled with a year of good food, along with cooking tips, techniques, and shortcuts.
Shop Now: Annual Recipes 2004, $13.99, amazon.com.
Simple Home Solutions
This 2004 book is full of "good things" to help homeowners tackle the most common domestic challenges, from messy, wayward linen closets to spacing seedlings, practically and efficiently.
Shop Now: Simple Home Solutions, $27.03, amazon.com.
Christmas with Martha Stewart Living: Holiday Celebrations (Volume 7)
Brimming with festive ideas and holiday cheer, this 2004 tome is a comprehensive manual to celebrating Christmas on the recipe, craft, and décor front (that picture-perfect gingerbread house on the cover, included).
Shop Now: Christmas with Martha Stewart Living: Holiday Celebrations (Volume 7), $23.78, amazon.com
Martha Stewart's Keepsake Wedding Planner
Martha's second wedding planner hit stands in 2004, this time in an updated three-ring binder form. The 10-chapter guide also included planning information, timelines, diagrams, checklists, and inspirational photos—plus, our founder's signature flower glossary, which boasted 100 varieties. The planner, unfortunately, is no longer in print.
Annual Recipes 2005
The Martha Rules
In 2005—six years after Martha took her company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia public, which made her America's first self-made female billionaire—our founder published a very different kind of book. A departure from her usual tomes on homemaking, cooking, and decorating, The Martha Rules focused on our our founder's finesse for all things business. On the heels of two new television shows (The Apprentice: Martha Stewart and Martha, her daytime show), this guide walked fans—and fellow business builders—through her secrets to and rules for success.
Shop Now: The Martha Rules, $6.34, amazon.com.