How the Cookie Crumbled

The True (and Not-So-True) Stories of the Invention of the Chocolate Chip Cookie

by Gilbert Ford, Gilbert Ford

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  • 9781481450676
  • 9781481450683
In this unique and clever picture book, Gilbert Ford sheds a little light on everyone’s favorite sweet treat—the chocolate chip cookie—and reminds readers everywhere that just because a story is told doesn’t mean it’s true.

Crunch! Crunch! Crunch!
Mmmmm!


Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies! But not everyone knows where they came from. Meet Ruth Wakefield, the talented chef and entrepreneur who started a restaurant, wrote a cookbook, and invented this delicious dessert. But just how did she do it, you ask? That’s where things get messy!

So sit back and grab a cookie to read a story—or three—about how this round, crispy, chocolatey piece of perfection came to be. Which tale is true? Well, what do you think?

  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers; October 2017
  • ISBN: 9781481450683
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  • Title: How the Cookie Crumbled
  • Author: Gilbert Ford; Gilbert Ford (ill.)
  • Imprint: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781481450676
  • 9781481450683

In The Press

"A chocolate candy bar cannonballing into a possessed mixer. Baking chocolate suddenly going AWOL. These are just a couple of the persistent myths orbiting the origins of America's quintessential dessert: the chocolate chip cookie. Thanks to Ford's kid-friendly exposé, Ruth Wakefield's smarts and business savvy are revealed to be the true sources of the cookie's invention.... Ford's illustrations successfully evoke the 1930s and '40s, down to the comic-strip half-tone dot effect of the different cookie-genesis scenarios...pastry chefs in the making will be fascinated by this accessible tribute to a true American icon and will be tempted to try the appended cookie recipe."


About The Author

Gilbert Ford holds a BFA in illustration from Pratt Institute and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. He is the author and illustrator of The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring, named a Best STEM Book of 2017, and has illustrated many middle grade jackets, as well as the award-winning picture book Mr. Ferris and His Wheel. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Visit him online at GilbertFord.com.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781481450676
  • 9781481450683