Toll House Cook Book Author:Ruth Wakefield It may be hard to believe, but before the 1930s no one had ever had the pleasure of biting into a chocolate chip cookie. Why? The world-famous treat had not been invented. — Ruth Graves Wakefield was the woman responsible for coming up with the concoction. — In 1930, Ruth and her husband Kenneth purchased a 1709 Cape Cod-style toll house located h... more »alfway between Boston and New Bedford, and turned it into a lodge and calling it the Toll House Inn.
Ruth cooked home-made meals and baked for guests of the inn, and it was while she was doing so that she ran out of baker’s chocolate while making cookies – and made an emergency substitution by chopping up a semi-sweet chocolate bar and adding it to the dough before baking.
The rest is history.
In 1936, Mrs. Wakefield published her now-classic Ruth Wakefield’s Toll House Tried and True Recipes, in which she told do-it-yourself cooks how to prepare the delicious meals – including those famous cookies – that she whipped up for her guests at the inn. It became a best seller, and has since gone through more than three dozen printings.« less