Today I ate cookie dough for the first time. It was tasty, but this won’t surprise anyone. Because I am nothing if not an academic in the kitchen, I immediately wanted to research it: When did Americans start eating cookie dough? How wide-spread is the practice? Google gave me the answer indirectly; I found no cultural history of cookie dough, but learned that eating it is simultaneously so popular and so dangerous as to incite government campaigns with messages such as “Say No to Cookie Dough” and ominous scenarios: “It seems harmless. While making cookies, you decide to taste the dough…”

To be continued…

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