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Cheryl, me, Griff and the book (with its heavenly halo)

Cheryl, me, Griff and the book (with its heavenly halo)

While on vacation in Georgia last month, I dropped in on Cheryl and Griff Day of Back in the Day, the only Savannah bakery to earn a Chapter 4 Chocolate Chips To Go listing of the best places to buy chocolate chip cookies in the country. Like all their baked goods, Back in the Day’s chocolate chips are a pure and simple rendition enhanced, in this case, with high-quality Callebaut chocolate chunks and a sprinkle of sparkling sea salt. IMG_0912By foot, the bakery is 30 minutes due south of Forsyth Park if you want to work off the calories you will consume in advance (I also highly recommend their cupcakes and scone/biscuit hybrid biscone). Or create the bakery in your own home with the help of their cookbook.

While in Savannah, I also stopped by a branch of Byrd’s, famous for their Scotch oatmeal cookies and locally popular benne wafers (with sesame seeds), rather than their chocolate chip. But their company slogan (seen here on their awning) are truly words to live by!


Book Launch Event in Whitman Oct. 19

I will launch the book in the town where this cookie began. The Saturday, Oct. 19 event will be held at the Whitman Public Library, 100 Webster St., Whitman, Mass. from 2:00pm to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. It will and feature a Toll House cookie contest and a panel discussion featuring former Toll House employees, including Marguerite Gaquin (pictured below), daughter of the late Toll House baker Sue Brides. This will be followed by a book signing. Cookie entries need to be at the library by 1:15 p.m.; the panel discussion begins at 2 p.m., followed by the cookie awards ceremony, book signing and refreshments (featuring guess what!). The event is free and open to the public.