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It’s been over a year since Apple aired a pretty charming ad starring Cookie Monster, America’s foremost azure puppet-creature.

Set to the tune of Jim Croce’s “Time in a Bottle,” the commercial shows Cookie Monster slogging through the interminable (uh, 14-minute) process of waiting for his cookies to finish baking. He grows increasingly impatient in the process, ingesting a wooden spatula in protest, badgering poor Siri about how much time remains until he can take his cookies out of the oven.

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The commercial has apparently inspired the Sesame Workshop to create a book in Cookie Monster’s name. This past Tuesday, the Sesame Workshop and Macmillan’s Children’s imprint revealed the cover of a The Joy of Cookies: Cookie Monster’s Guide to Life. Set to hit shelves in April of 2018, it’s fashioned after a self-help book, offering 160 pages of sage advice in the form of soothing platitudes: make cookies, not war; love is meaning [sic] of life, love cookies is purpose [sic] of life. (Think of it as a book in which our very own cooking manifesto—eat thoughtfully, live joyfully—is transposed to the act of cookie-making.) The folks over at Entertainment Weekly got their hands on the book's cover, as well as a look at its first few pages.

What Happened When Cookie Monster Came to the Food52 Office
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What Happened When Cookie Monster Came to the Food52 Office

Sounds like a lovely book, though there's no indication that it'll have any recipes like his decades-old cookie dough recipe, cribbed from 1975's Big Bird’s Busy Book. No matter; The Joy of Cookies sounds like a real trip. Cookie Monster visited the Food52 offices in December 2015, but that was well before my time. It’s too bad I couldn’t meet him and soak up his wisdom. Guess I’ll just have to settle for the book!

Learn more about The Joy of Cookies: Cookie Monster’s Guide to Life here.

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