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The cookie never crumbles
Amos, Wally.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2001]

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xviii, 202 pages ; 22 cm
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"October 2001."
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HD9058.C65 .A3 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Wally Famous Amos shares his inspiring stories and his life wisdom, complete with new, original cookie recipes.

Author Notes

Wally Amos is an author, public speaker, and entrepreneur. He is also a board member of Communities In Schools and the National Center for Family Literacy. He lives with his wife, Christine, on Oahu, Hawaii
Eden-Lee Murray is a professional actress, director, drama coach, and writer. She lives in Honolulu with her family. Together, she and her husband created the Jellinek and Murray Literary Agency in 1995

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Publisher's Weekly Review

A fifth book from the founder of the famous cookie company, this collection of cheerful vignettes presents approaches to life's challenges in a series of "recipes" for success (e.g., "Humble Pie I: Know When to Fish, and When to Cut Bait"), drawing on ingredients such as experience, appreciation, perseverance and faith, as well as on philosophical traditions (in chapters titled "The Tao of the Cookie," "The Karma of the Cookie"). Amos (The Famous Amos Story) is relentlessly optimistic about overcoming everyday obstacles and enthusiastic about sharing with others the strategies that have worked for him. While each "recipe" can stand alone, a narrative strand runs through the book outlining Amos's successes and failures in business and in life, though unfortunately these biographical details can be distractingly repetitive. Amos, with author Murray, manages to salvage an inspirational lesson from every setback and tries to show how the reader can use his formulas to achieve the same results ("expect lumps... but whether a lump is flour or sugar, it's still part of the batter of Life!"). He makes frequent references to religious faith as a staple ingredient, though escapes an overt religious didacticism that might be off-putting to some. Offering general business wisdom, lessons for personal life, an introduction by Neale Donald Walsch and a few actual cookie recipes at the end, Amos serves up a little lite wisdom for everyone. (Oct. 5) Forecast: Standing squarely on the shoulders of pan-inspirational giants like Robert Fulghum's All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten and Jack Canfield's Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and with a national author tour and radio campaign, this book will find a ready-made initial audience. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Neale Donald Walsch
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Forewordp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
1 Welcome to My Kitchen
Essential Ingredients for Your Personal Pantryp. 3
The Golden Rule of Recipesp. 6
"Kiss the Cook!"p. 7
Light That Fire!p. 8
About Cookie Notesp. 10
2 Family Recipes
The Tao of the Cookiep. 13
Loving Cupp. 16
Loving Cup Postscriptp. 20
Lovin' Spoonfulsp. 21
3 Hors D'oeuvres
On Being a Sous-Chef, I: My Time in Ernie Riccio's Kitchenp. 27
Ultimatum Dipp. 29
Navigating a Buffet Line: Or, Before You Put It on Your Plate, Be Sure You Want to Eat It!p. 31
Starting from Scratchp. 34
On Being a Sous-Chef, II: Howard Hausman's Kitchenp. 37
Chocolate Chip Cookie Rock 'n' Rollp. 40
Ingredient Substitution: Or, When to Go Next Door for Helpp. 42
4 First Courses: Fameus Ames Start-up
My Degree from the Institute of the Cookie: M.C.S.p. 47
About Doughp. 48
Serendipity Souffle: Fate and the First Locationp. 51
Collaboration, not Competitionp. 54
Neighborhood Nutrition: No Such Thing as a "Bad-Luck" Cornerp. 55
Humble Pie I: Know When to Fish and When to Cut Baitp. 59
Perseverance Patep. 61
A Treat from the Gardenp. 65
Humble Pie II: Knowing When to Call in the Cavalryp. 67
Green Cookiesp. 71
Caddie Woodlawn's Recipe Reduxp. 74
Magic with Margarine: Or, How Near-Disaster Greased the Wayp. 76
A Helping of Hana Houp. 79
Resource Ratatouille: Or, The Least Expensive/Most Creative Way to Get Everyone into the Potp. 81
Apple Pie Orderp. 85
Golden Nuggetsp. 87
5 Entrees: Famous Amos Full-Tilt
Fricassee du Lapin (Rabbit Stew)p. 91
East Coast Entreep. 94
Lumpsp. 97
Galettes Brulees (Burned Cookies)p. 99
Cooling Timep. 101
Cookie Cuttingp. 103
Pass It Onp. 105
Trial by Firep. 107
Cookies on Paradep. 110
When to Mess with a Proven Recipep. 113
Kiwi Kazoosp. 116
Commitment Miraclesp. 118
Reagan Rarebitp. 121
Playful Toppingp. 125
Cookie Breakp. 127
6 Pot Luck: Recipes for Sharing
Karma of the Cookiep. 131
Special Friends at My Tablep. 135
Presidential Pastryp. 136
"Sole" Foodp. 139
"Sole" Food IIp. 141
7 Creative Menu Balancing: Recipes from Losing Famous Amos and Still Going Forward
Resilience Roll-Ups: Or, The Cookie by Any Other Name Will Taste as Sweetp. 147
Group Goodies: Or, Letting the Sous-Chefs Have Their Sayp. 152
Back-Burner Beauties: Or, Timing Is Everythingp. 155
8 Specialties of the House: Recipes for Domestic Success
"Nothin's as Lovin' ...!"p. 163
Teamwork in the Kitchen: Ingredients for a Successful Marriagep. 165
The Truth About Eggs: Practical Yolksp. 167
The Truth About Ovensp. 169
The Truth About Ovens, IIp. 172
9 Divine Desserts: God in Your Kitchen
Notes from a "Super" Chefp. 177
Acknowledge the Ultimate Cookp. 179
In the Eyes of the Ultimate Cook, a Cookie Is a Cookie Is a Cookiep. 181
Powerful Recyclingp. 184
The Ultimate Cook at Workp. 187
Vintage Wisdomp. 189
Stop and Smell the Cookiesp. 191
Epiloguep. 192
10 Time-Honored Cookie Recipes
Passing the Apron Over to Yourp. 197
Classic Chocolate Chip and Pecan Cookiesp. 198
"Resourcefulness" Spice Cookiesp. 199
"Stick-to-it-iveness" Peanut Butter Cookiesp. 200
"Creativity" Nut Ballsp. 201
"Courage" Coconut Cookiesp. 202