Friday, March 25, 2011

Baking Cookies: Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?

"Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar? Bobbie stole the cookie from the cookie jar."

"Who, me?"

"Yes, you!"

"Couldn't be!"

"Then who?"

Cookie, yum yum cookie! We all know how children and yes, some of us adults totally love cookies. Some have gone through a series of obstacle course. They have climbed up tall walls, jumped a steep hill,  crawled through a muddy ground in order to take a bite out of that scrumptious piece of cookie. Even Bill Cosby's had included in one of his funniest retro stand up show the incident of the cookie situation. Trust me this show will make your sweet tooth fall off it's socket!

So we might not always know who have stolen the cookie from the cookie jar. But whatever happened to Anna's cookie journal?

Yes, The 1st American Cookie Lady is based on a cookie diary of Anna Covington that she handwritten for one of her children. The mystery of this cookie book was that it was never used. There was not a sign of a smidgen print on it's pages. And that for some unknown reason it kind of slipped out from the care of the family. Eighty Eight years later this unused cookie book ended up at Ebay in 2004 where it was auctioned out to Barbara Swell who is a food historian, an author, and who happened to have a baking career herself!

Barbara presents Anna's recipes exactly as they appear in the original diary. Anna had recorded 208 different cookie recipes between 1917 and 1920. You will enjoy reading through and learning about the different cookie recipes that was popular of that time.

In addition to that Barbara also added in the book helpful tips and hints on baking, updates for many of the recipes, fun cookie poems,  and over 150 vintage photos and illustrations.

Want to add a piece of history to your cook book collection? You are welcome to have Anna's cookie book with your milk.

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