Martha Stewart is a busy woman. She’s published over 80 cookbooks, launched a meal kit company, hosts a cooking show and so much more—so you can imagine her hectic schedule might affect her love life.
“I don’t have that much time for casual dating,” the lifestyle guru told Town & Country. But when it comes to her taste in men, Stewart—who divorced publisher Andrew Stewart in 1990—isn’t all that picky.
When asked if she cares if her suitors know how to cook or keep a clean home, the chef says, “Not really. It’s more like, how much time do I want to spend with that particular person? How interesting is that person to me?”
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She’s not however, immune to some dating horror stories.
“I went to the lounge area at Le Bernardin with this guy,” Stewart says of the worst date she’s been on. “He had to go somewhere afterward, and I had to go somewhere after. It wasn’t a first date, but it was like a second or third date. We each had places to go; he did not ask me to go with him to the second place. We had cocktails and a little caviar or something. Then he just got up and said he had to run, and he ran out and didn’t pay! And I thought that was extremely rude.”
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Her “guilty pleasure” foods are equally as shocking. “It’s a spoon of really good organic peanut butter, or a slice of American cheese from my housekeeper’s drawer,” she says. “I steal American slices sometimes—in the plastic, it’s so horrible. But it’s such a good snack.”
But, wait, there’s more. “I eat pickled herring as a late-night snack before I go to bed because it’s savory and good,” she admits. “I like liverwurst, and I know how bad it is now. I love squeezing it out of the tube and just eating calves’ liverwurst.”
Hopefully her future partner doesn’t mind a little protein before bed.