updated 10/04/2011 AT 1:10 PM ET
•originally published 10/04/2011 AT 1:35 PM ET
Martha Stewart certainly is not offended by the fact her daughter, Alexis Stewart, is unleashing a tell-all about growing up under the heavy thumb of her mother.
Not only is Stewart’s Blackberry buzzing about the book – “I get a little ‘ping ping’ like every five minutes,” says the domestic diva, 70 – but, she says, “I got an advanced copy and I actually read the book oh, maybe about a month or a month and a half ago. I didn’t know that it was even coming.”
Whateverland: Learning to Live Here, which Alexis, 46, co-wrote with her Whatever Sirius Satellite Radio-show partner Jennifer Koppelman Hutt, is to be published Oct. 18 and contains “fabulous pictures,” says Martha. “And it is hilarious and it is enlightening and it’s full of funny stories.”
While “it’s not an autobiography,” says Martha on Tuesday’s edition of The Martha Stewart Show, “[it] touches on everything: food, fashion, cleaning, organizing and me. It’s irreverent and it’s lots of fun.”
To the charge in the book that there was never anything to eat in the Stewart home, Martha says: “Yes, if you wanted to eat when she was growing up, you had to cook something. That was the whole idea. [And today Alexis] is a superb cook.”