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Chocolate chip cookie cookbooks often promise perfection and embellish their recipes with words such as ultimate, essential, or best. Taking a different approach, popular foods expert Wyman (Spam: A Biography) focuses instead on history, detailing the cookie's role in American culture. In six chapters, she shares recipes sourced from or inspired by cookbooks, chefs, and businesses; profiles of famous cookie makers (e.g., Otis Spunkmeyer, Tate's Bake Shop); and a directory of merchants known for their chocolate chip cookies. VERDICT Though there are many similar books, this one is worth acquiring for its fun, historical perspective. Highly recommended for public libraries.