Toll House Cookies and Howard Johnson's Discussed at next Author Talks

June 8th at Sandwich Library
"A History of Howard Johnson’s: How a Massachusetts Soda Fountain Became a Roadside Icon" by Anthony M. Sammarco.

The Author Talks “Foodie” Event presented by the Sandwich Arts Alliance features two Massachusetts authors who will discuss their books, each a history of a Bay State topic, on Saturday, June 8th, at the Sandwich Public Library. From 10 AM to noon, Kathleen Teahan presents her children's book, "The Cookie Loved ‘Round the World: The Story of the Chocolate Chip Cookie," and from 1 to 3 PM, Anthony M. Sammarco offers "A History of Howard Johnson’s: How a Massachusetts Soda Fountain Became a Roadside Icon." Both books will be available for purchase at the events.

While a college student, Teahan worked for a summer at the famous Toll House Inn in Whitman, where Ruth Wakefield invented what is perhaps America's most iconic cookie in the mid 1930s. Later as a state representative, Teahan teamed with Whitman third graders to pass legislation designating the Toll House cookie as the official Massachusetts state cookie. Illustrated by Larisa Hart and extensively researched, "The Cookie Loved 'Round the World" takes the form of a "fictionalized history" narrated by Teahan’s real-life Aunt Ann, who grew up in Whitman and actually worked at the Toll House Inn.

A portion of the book's sales go to fighting world hunger, and of course, chocolate cookies will be provided as refreshment.

Anthony Sammarco, the author of over sixty books on the history and development of his native Boston, tackles another American icon in his account of the Howard Johnson restaurant chain. In 1925 Johnson, a native of Wollaston, borrowed $2,500 to purchase the drug store and soda fountain where he had been working. Thus began the once ubiquitous string of instantly recognizable restaurants and motor lodges with their orange tile roofs and aqua trim (and of course, 28 flavors of ice cream), a familiar haven to anyone traveling American highways throughout the chain's heyday in the 1960s and 70s. Richly illustrated with historic photographs, Sammarco's book provides the definitive biography of "the father of the franchise industry" and his creation.

Admission for each event is $10 adults and children under 12 free. For more information visit the Sandwich Arts Alliance at www.sandwichartsalliance.org.


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