Ruth Graves Wakefield came into the world on this day in 1903, and twenty-seven years later she accidentally invented the chocolate chip cookie. Take a moment to let that sink in. Someone had to invent one of the greatest bakery items in the history of civilization. When you eat things like chocolate chip cookies you never think of where they first come from, do you? You can read about this and other food related discoveries in Deborah Kops’ Were Potato Chips Really Invented By An Angry Chef? : And Other Questions About Food.
In addition to making you hungry, you’ll learn that Mrs. Graves Wakefield developed her amazing recipe for chocolate chip cookies while baking at the Toll House Inn. More proof that truth trumps fiction. So a date like this gives us a chance to share the titles of three well loved baking cookbooks from CLP’s double-stuffed shelves.
Packed with practical advice and dozens of basic recipes for baked good staples, this spiral bound book is likely a staple in many kitchens (15 checkouts, 6 renewals, and more than a couple of chocolate smudges indicate this little book has seen some kitchen action).
500 Cookies : The Only Cookie Compendium You’ll Ever Need / Philippa Vanstone
Perhaps a trifle frou-frou, but any cookbook that offers 500 recipes for cookies will surely include at least a few that tickle your fancy, and this one will certainly do that (37 checkouts and 17 renewals tells me that this item has received much love from other library borrowers).
The Art And Soul Of Baking / Sur La Table with Cindy Mushet
This thick, glossy hardcover book features hundreds of fantastic recipes, including, you guessed it, a very solid chocolate chip cookie recipe (17 checkouts and 10 renewals between two copies at Main and Downtown).
If I asked folks to share where their favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes came from, I am certain I would get a lot of origin stories that included inheritances from family and friends. So instead I will ask folks to share the title of a favorite library cookbook that supplied a key dessert recipe–one that they go back to again and again.
In the meantime, if you’re looking for an excuse to eat a cookie today, consider this post to be your hall pass.