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How The Cookie Crumbled

By  Gilbert Ford


A non-fiction picture book about the invention of the chocolate chip cookie.


Atheneum, 2017





Awards and Recognition


• Junior Library Guild Selection

• School Library Journal’s Fuse 8 Best nonfiction picture book list 2017

• CBC’s Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2018

• Bank Street's 2018 Irma Black Honor

• Bank Street 2018 Best Children’s Book List

• Texas Topaz Non-Fiction Reading List 2019

• Texas Horned Toad Tales List


"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."


– Kirkus Reviews, August 2017