Good friend Valerie Richardson and I discussed Ruth Wakefield, good chocolate chip cookies in New Haven, CT (especially the greasy, cheap and delicious ones at the Educated Burgher), and my all-chocolate-chip birthday party on her Radio Something show on listener-supported WPKN-Bridgeport radio last Tuesday — podcast here, should you want to catch up. Check out some of multitalented Val’s intriguing still-life-produce-with-skeleton artwork here.
On Thursday, my essay about the real story behind the invention of the chocolate chip cookie (i.e. it was no accident) posted on Slate’s Food page. Eater posted links to it, The Daily Mail in the U.K. wrote this story off it and the story itself has been reprinted in a number of newspapers around this country.
Not home from Boston two days before Buzzfeed posted my 19 Surprising Facts About Chocolate Chip Cookies list to its Food and Home pages. By Wednesday I was a Top 20 Buzzfeed contributor, the list had gone viral on feedly.com and I had won the Golden Facebook Award (for 10,000 shares therein, despite my not even being on Facebook). Today it is 200,000 views and counting!
Ended Chocolate Chip Cookie Week 2014 by delivering a Powerpoint at the Boston Public Library, located just about 20 miles from where the cookie was invented. During the Q&A that followed, I learned of some Jordan Marsh department store chocolate chip cookies that at least one woman in the audience missed as much as their famous blueberry muffins. After that everyone rushed to the back of the room for some delicious cookies from talk partner bakery Kilvert & Forbes (featured on pages 98 and 100 of the book). Visit the contact page to inquire about having me deliver this talk to your company or group!
I talk about Gov. Weld’s love of the Fig Newton.
This chocolate chip cookie book writer rests on the expertise of all the chocolate chip cookie book writers who have gone before. That includes A Baker’s Field Guide to Chocolate Chip Cookies author Dede Wilson, whose neat Half and Half Chocolate Chip Cookies are highlighted in the p. 169 “Cookie Artist” sidebar of The Great American Chocolate Chip Cookie Book. Dede was nice enough to interview me on her Bakepedia website and also reproduced one of my personal favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes in my book (an award-winner from the late, great California Copia culinary center). Bakepedia’s other chocolate chip cookie attractions include contributor Lauren Chattman’s story testing whether it’s worth resting cookie dough on the refrigerator (Spoiler: It is, especially if you can wait for 36 hours) and recipes for one-bowl and giant chocolate chip cookies.
Internet radio host Linda Pelaccio and I had this fun half-hour chat about chocolate chip cookies (and Spam!) recently. My ex-Supermarket Sampler column partner Bonnie Tandy Leblang provided the link to Linda and her A Taste of the Past‘s radio show on the nonprofit Heritage Radio Network (neither of which I had heard of before) and now I’m working to catch up on A Taste of the Past’s archived shows about the history of candy, pizza, refrigeration and supermarkets (among other things). The guy who started Slow Food USA is also behind Heritage and both are well-worth your time/$!
New Yorker culture blogger Jon Michaud gave me an early Christmas gift in the form of the extensive chocolate chip cookie history and think piece based on (and credited to) my book. His “Sweet Morsels: A History of the Chocolate Chip Cookie” was one of the most popular and most emailed stories on NewYorker.com for way longer than Andy Warhol’s 15 minutes and got links on the Huffington Post, eater.com, eatyourbooks.com and the Houston Press, to name a few, and tweets/retweets (from NPR’s Julie Rovner, risking her health policy cred, among others). Talk about a gift that keeps on giving! Happy holidays!
GACCCB was one of Cape Cod Times book editor Melanie Lauwers’ picks for a great book gift on “The Point with Mindy Todd” on Cape Cod NPR station WCAI, during a show devoted to holiday-themed, cooking and craft books, which you can listen to here. Lauwers called GACCB “adorable,” though the information that I had also written a whole book about Spam elicited an “oh, dear,” from host Todd. (Lauwers’ review of the book for her newspaper read, in part, “The history, the popular culture and the cultural variations of chocolate chip cookies … mixed .. into one colorful and informative book.”)
Another Point, the great, new, independent Main Point Books in Bryn Mawr, hosted a local cookbook author signing event Dec. 15, including me and, coincidentally, Cookulus chocolate chip cookie app inventor Andrew Schloss (featured on p. 166 of my book), serving up drinks from his new Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits book. The nearby Hope’s Cookies generously supplied refreshments for book-buyers like me, who prefer a sugar high.
Those who appreciate my discussion of the finer points of using various types of flours, chocolate, leavening ingredients etc. at the back end of recipe Chapter 5 of GACCCB might want to check out this recent, very extensive discussion on the science of making chocolate chip cookies on the Serious Eats website by “Food Lab” columnist J. Kenji Lopez-Alt.