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The Gourmet Cookie Book: The Single Best Recipe from Each Year 1941-2009

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  432 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
For this stunning collection, the editors of Gourmet delved deep into their archives and selected the most delicious cookie for each year of the magazine’s sixty-eight-year existence. After marathon testing sessions and winnowing from thousands of recipes—many sent in by readers—they chose an amazing array, from the almond-scented French-style Cajun Macaroons, from the mag ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Nov 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking, history, 2010
I don't usually read cookbooks all the way through - but this one was really interesting in the way it was put together. I appreciated the historical perspective, it gave meaning to the way the recipes changed. A really thoughtful and well put together cookbook. Can't wait to try some of the recipes! :)
Tara Nash
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
If you are a fan of Gourmet magazine or want to know more about the history of the cookie recipe in America and abroad, this would be a good book for you. If on the other hand you were looking for cookie recipes, I think you could do better buying another book. The notes and history of the recipes were often longer than the recipes themselves. A personal pet peeve of mine is when the ingredients are not listed separately and the directions do not start with the prep work needed for the baking of ...more
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This straight-forward cookie cookbook gives you the top pick Gourmet Magazine cookie recipe from every year of the magazine's existence (since the early 1940s). Not only are there odd recipes and dated opinions, suggestions and preoccupations to marvel at, but there are tried-and-true recipes that should be added to your cookie repertoire right now.
Scottsdale Public Library
A fascinating and comprehensive look at the cookie, this book showcases cookies from the history of Gourmet magazine's sixty-eight years. There is truly something for everyone in this cookbook, and recipes are basic and illustrated with attractive photography. A must-read for cookie lovers and bakers.

-- Meagan
Feb 12, 2018 added it
The Gourmet Cookie Book has one cookie recipe with history from 1941-2009.
Something for everyone!
Ana Mardoll
Feb 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ana-reviewed
The Gourmet Cookie Book / 978-0-5-473-2816-4

I love cookie cookbooks, so I was excited to pick up this Gourmet Cookie Book based on the yummy cover alone, not being overly familiar with the magazine that this book is meant to be representing. The recipes are yummy - although some are exotic enough to not really tickle my fancy - and the pictures are very pretty, but the book seems stymied by strange design choices.

Each recipe represents the "best" cookie from a specific year of the magazine. Thi
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This gourmet cookie recipe book is fabulous! This book is great for holiday occasions such as Thanksgiving or Christmas when you need holiday appropriate cookies. Skimming through the book, it is made to give direct information on the origins of the recipe. For example, specific sections in the book relate to the time period and what was most popular and delicious during that time. This book is also great for family recipes. During my spare time, I attempted baking the Shoe Sole cookies which w ...more
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent cookie book. It was interesting to see the way recipes were written change from the 40's where the ingredients were all in the instructions to what I grew up with where the ingredients stood out at the top of the recipe. The popularity of cookies was also interesting to track. They were barely there part way through the timeline. Now you can't pick up a magazine with recipes and not be bombarded with at least one sweet treat, either a cookie recipe or an advertisement for cookies.

I thi
Nov 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
A LOT of cookie recipes, and I didn't have the desire to try one. They were either the type of thing you could find anywhere: lemon thins, lace cookies, chocolate wafers, or they required specific tools to make, or unique ingredients, and in this economy, I lack that level of curiosity. I can't even think of one person this book might be geared too...not even the serious gourmet cook. So you've got a cookie book where you don't want to try even one recipe for a cookie...from 1941 to 2009. I thin ...more
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've wanted this for a long time and finally it's mine. Divided by decade and year, each recipe has a little history about how it came to Gourmet magazine and is printed in the format of its publication, meaning that there was a time when ingredients and directions were written all together in a paragraph. There is one recipe for every year between 1941 to 2009, when the magazine folded. The biggest surprise for me are the cottage cheese cookies, which read and look quite tasty.
Jan 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbook
This book was beautifully photographed. One cookie recipe per year for about forty years. I copied a Mexican wedding cookie recipe that was delicious and I took one or two more, but there were a bunch that I either had made before (pecan tastes) and a bunch that looked either very complicated or very dated. Typical Gourmet fare.
Jan 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
The concept of highlighting a single cookie recipe from each year was interesting. There were definite trends in style and flavours. The authors choose to print the recipe in the original format. I personally would have preferred if they would have written it in today's writing as well as the original formatting.
Nov 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
I was completely underwhelmed at the cookies chosen for this book. It is hard for me to imagine that there is a cookie cookbook that has been published that didn't have at least one cookie I wanted to make. The whole focus of the book seemed to be more on creating some jazzy and edgy layout for each page's recipe and photo. The rest of it was really, really bland. I was really disappointed...
Deb White
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you're stuck in the rut of always making the same kind of cookies every time you pull out the flour, this is the book to inspire you to try some new recipes. You don't have to be a gourmet baker to make some of these fine recipes. The little ginger cookies have become an all time favorite in our family.
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
For the stunning pictures and layout alone, this is a great book to peruse. The only recipe I tried (gingerbread), I didn't love, but this is a fun walk through history as it chronicles the single best recipe from each year, 1941-2009.
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this cookie cookbook. It was cookie porn with a picture of each cookie. All of the recipes that I have made have been excellent. I also enjoyed seeing the changes of the recipes through the years.
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Bakers and cookie lovers
Love how the book is organized. It's organized by the decade, each featuring the most popular cookies of that time period. Plus the photography is great, as they arrange each cookie in each picture a unique way. This is a great gift for any baker :)
Liz De Coster
Jul 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: food, hobbies
I liked this almost as much as a cooking history as I did as a cookbook. The stories about the recipes when they appeared were thoughtful, and reading the old-fashioned recipes and directions (calling for nut meat, for example) was interesting.
Nov 08, 2010 rated it liked it
I really liked the tidbits of information regarding the background for each cookie. The way they chose to display each cookie was eye catching. I obviously haven't had time to make them yet but I am certainly going to make a few this holiday season.
Nov 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks-i-like
I found several nice looking recipes in this book. Maybe, just maybe my cookie exchange recipe is here!
Jul 25, 2011 added it
Shelves: cooking
Feb 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Great pictures, interesting piece of history that shows how recipes have changed over the last 60 years.
Dec 05, 2010 marked it as given
mom and chris/susannah, christmas 2010
Nov 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking
you will see many of these in real life come Xmas season.
Dec 01, 2010 rated it liked it
I liked the historical perspective of Gourmet magazine as tastes' changed. I found about nine recipes I wouldn't mind trying.
Mar 13, 2011 rated it liked it
I found the history associated with each cookie and the year it was higlighted interesting. I also enjoyed some of the creative photography.
Dec 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting look at the best cookie recipe from each year 1941-2009 of Gourmet magazine and reading the explanation of why these cookies were popular and included in magazine.
Abraham Ray
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbook
nice book for cookie lovers!
Nov 17, 2012 rated it liked it

Try the Walnut Acorns and the Pecan Tassies.
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Coookiee!!! (numm-numm.) Love this book. Timeless recipes from 1941 to 2009 and correlates with the award of "best cookie" by Gourmet Magazine. Great presentation ideas = premo design/photography!
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