From cookbooks to murder mysteries to business books to children’s classics, donuts have played a major role in American literature.
To celebrate National Donut Day, we’ve rounded up tasty free samples of ten donut-focused books. Follow the links below to read the samples.
1. Donuts: An American Passion by John T. Edge: “Acclaimed food writer and cultural historian John T. Edge conjures nostalgia by revealing portions of our history through our most cherished foods. Donuts is the cap on a scrumptious series toting comfort food, belying calorie-counting, and embracing those cornerstone, iconic dishes that have come to define American cuisine and customs over the years.”
2. The Donut Book by Sally Levitt Steinberg: “And if anybody knows donuts, it’s Sally Levitt Steinberg, America’s Donut Princess. As a member of America’s royal donut dynasty (her grandfather, Adolph Levitt, invented the donut-making machine), she knows more about this sweet indulgence than anyone else. The Donut Book is the product of Sally’s great personal charm and life-long, in-depth donut scholarship.”
3. Doughnuts: Simple and Delicious Recipes to Make at Home by Lara Ferroni: “A chocolate-glazed doughnut and cup of coffee is a match made in heaven for many North Americans, but something new is happening in the doughnut world — boutique bakeries are popping up everywhere, and “designer doughnuts” are all the rage. The best news of all is that they’re actually easy to make at home and really, is there anything more scrumptious than a fresh doughnut that’s still warm?”
4. Minnie and Moo: The Case of the Missing Jelly Donut by Denys Cazet: “Minnie believes her jelly donut has been stolen and Moo is determined to catch the thief. Finding a blue feather nearby, she decides that a blue chicken must have committed the crime. Wearing poultry disguises, the bovines hide out in the henhouse, to the surprise of Elvis the rooster and a fox on the prowl. Readers will chuckle at the ending as the true culprit is discovered.”
5. The Donut Chef by Bob Staake: “This cautionary tale tells of a baker who almost loses track of his true calling while trying to outwit and outdo a competitor. The donut chef is proud of his newly opened store, and his success becomes so great that another man decides to open his own establishment, vowing, ‘Your shop is through…/When my store opens next to you!’”