The Cookie Never Crumbles: Practical Recipes for Everyday Living

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Wally Amos is a Man of Wisdom, a man of humor, and a man of joy. And he has learned the greatest secret in life: You can be happy no matter what. In this inspiring collection of "recipes," Wally will show you how adversarial situations are often blessings in disguise, and how the lessons we learn in life sometimes come from the most unexpected places. The Cookie Never Crumbles is Wally's philosophy, and this book will show you, through touching, hilarious, thought-provoking stories, how you can adopt this ...
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Overview

Wally Amos is a Man of Wisdom, a man of humor, and a man of joy. And he has learned the greatest secret in life: You can be happy no matter what. In this inspiring collection of "recipes," Wally will show you how adversarial situations are often blessings in disguise, and how the lessons we learn in life sometimes come from the most unexpected places. The Cookie Never Crumbles is Wally's philosophy, and this book will show you, through touching, hilarious, thought-provoking stories, how you can adopt this philosophy for yourself. From Wally's childhood, up through his days in the entertainment business, to the creation of "Famous Amos" cookies, and to his current way of life, Wally Amos struggled, adapted, and finally triumphed. His inspirational advice will make you laugh, make you dream, and make you think. Read this book and learn why The Cookie Never Crumbles.
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According to Wally Amos, the secret to eternal joy can be found in the lowly cookie. “How many times in our lives have we heard the phrase, ‘Well, that’s the way the cookie crumbles,’ ” he demands. “It’s supposed to make us feel better...[but] when a cookie breaks apart, you don’t lose the cookie, you get lots of little cookies!” Amos refuses to take disappointment with a doleful shrug; instead, he finds the sweetness of life and encourages us to do the same. In this collection of inspirational essays, Amos offers us his homegrown recipes for life contentment.

For example, Amos promises that we can all find comforting, long-lasting relationships if we just use the proper ingredients. “Gently mix together Equal Quantities of Unconditional Love, Acceptance, Non-Judgment, Positive Loving Attitude, Faith, Appreciation, Gentleness, Empathy, and Friendship,” he instructs. “[And] just before serving, garnish with Spirituality to remind all who partake that we are spiritual beings having human experiences, not the other way around.” Amos goes on to formulate recipes for success in all areas of life: work, family, friendship and more. “And remember,” he adds, “whatever happens with cookies, it’s always for the best.”

Amos, a motivational speaker who has helped thousands find their way to happier lives, insists that finding satisfaction in life is as easy as whipping up a batch of snickerdoodles. “We all have it in us to be brilliant cooks in our own life-kitchens,” he promises. “It seems so obvious, but for some reason, people need to be reminded.... Consider me your friendly reminder!” (Jesse Gale)

Maya Angelou
Wally Amos loves love, loves people, and loves God. He also loves to talk and I am among the millions who love to listen to him.
Colin L. Powell
The theme is as powerful as it is simple: life is a joyful experience if you let it be...Look for the blessings, he coaches, they're often disguised.
Publishers Weekly
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, thisbook will find a ready-made initial audience. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312304980
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/8/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 4.70 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Wally Amos is an author, a public speaker, and entrepreneur. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of The National Center for Family Literacy and lives on Oahu, Hawaii. Visit: www.wallyamos.com

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 & Murray Literary Agency in 1995.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Foreword xv
Introduction xvii
1 Welcome to My Kitchen
Essential Ingredients for Your Personal Pantry 3
The Golden Rule of Recipes 6
"Kiss the Cook!" 7
Light That Fire! 8
About Cookie Notes 10
2 Family Recipes
The Tao of the Cookie 13
Loving Cup 16
Loving Cup Postscript 20
Lovin' Spoonfuls 21
3 Hors D'oeuvres
On Being a Sous-Chef, I: My Time in Ernie Riccio's Kitchen 27
Ultimatum Dip 29
Navigating a Buffet Line: Or, Before You Put It on Your Plate, Be Sure You Want to Eat It! 31
Starting from Scratch 34
On Being a Sous-Chef, II: Howard Hausman's Kitchen 37
Chocolate Chip Cookie Rock 'n' Roll 40
Ingredient Substitution: Or, When to Go Next Door for Help 42
4 First Courses: Fameus Ames Start-up
My Degree from the Institute of the Cookie: M.C.S. 47
About Dough 48
Serendipity Souffle: Fate and the First Location 51
Collaboration, not Competition 54
Neighborhood Nutrition: No Such Thing as a "Bad-Luck" Corner 55
Humble Pie I: Know When to Fish and When to Cut Bait 59
Perseverance Pate 61
A Treat from the Garden 65
Humble Pie II: Knowing When to Call in the Cavalry 67
Green Cookies 71
Caddie Woodlawn's Recipe Redux 74
Magic with Margarine: Or, How Near-Disaster Greased the Way 76
A Helping of Hana Hou 79
Resource Ratatouille: Or, The Least Expensive/Most Creative Way to Get Everyone into the Pot 81
Apple Pie Order 85
Golden Nuggets 87
5 Entrees: Famous Amos Full-Tilt
Fricassee du Lapin (Rabbit Stew) 91
East Coast Entree 94
Lumps 97
Galettes Brulees (Burned Cookies) 99
Cooling Time 101
Cookie Cutting 103
Pass It On 105
Trial by Fire 107
Cookies on Parade 110
When to Mess with a Proven Recipe 113
Kiwi Kazoos 116
Commitment Miracles 118
Reagan Rarebit 121
Playful Topping 125
Cookie Break 127
6 Pot Luck: Recipes for Sharing
Karma of the Cookie 131
Special Friends at My Table 135
Presidential Pastry 136
"Sole" Food 139
"Sole" Food II 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 Sweet 147
Group Goodies: Or, Letting the Sous-Chefs Have Their Say 152
Back-Burner Beauties: Or, Timing Is Everything 155
8 Specialties of the House: Recipes for Domestic Success
"Nothin's as Lovin' ...!" 163
Teamwork in the Kitchen: Ingredients for a Successful Marriage 165
The Truth About Eggs: Practical Yolks 167
The Truth About Ovens 169
The Truth About Ovens, II 172
9 Divine Desserts: God in Your Kitchen
Notes from a "Super" Chef 177
Acknowledge the Ultimate Cook 179
In the Eyes of the Ultimate Cook, a Cookie Is a Cookie Is a Cookie 181
Powerful Recycling 184
The Ultimate Cook at Work 187
Vintage Wisdom 189
Stop and Smell the Cookies 191
Epilogue 192
10 Time-Honored Cookie Recipes
Passing the Apron Over to Your 197
Classic Chocolate Chip and Pecan Cookies 198
"Resourcefulness" Spice Cookies 199
"Stick-to-it-iveness" Peanut Butter Cookies 200
"Creativity" Nut Balls 201
"Courage" Coconut Cookies 202
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