I’m Eileen Talanian, and I have baked since I was 5 years old. My lifelong passion for baking led me to start a European-style mail order and wholesale cookie company called An American Kitchen. I headed the award-winning, and nationally acclaimed, company for more than 10 years, then sold it so I could spend time with my two children and my husband. My passion for baking has not diminished at all, and I am currently writing my second cookbook, How the Cookie Crumbles. (My first cookbook, Chewy Cookies, was published by Prima Publishing in 1995.) I am a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. To learn more, please visit http://www.howthecookiecrumbles.com.