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National Donut Day Treats: 10 Free Samples of Donut Books

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!’”

6. Who Needs Donuts? by Mark Alan Stamaty: “Sam’s love of donuts takes him to the Big City where he makes friends with Mr. Bikferd, a world class collector of donuts. But when Mr. Bikferd falls in love with Pretzel Annie, the prophecy of an old homeless woman comes true: ‘Who needs donuts when you’ve got love?’ Mr. Bikferd bequeaths his donut collection to Sam, who uses it to save the old homeless woman from drowning in a basement flooded with coffee. This is a reissue of Mark Alan Stamaty’s masterpiece of the absurd, first published 30 years ago and out of print nearly as long.”

7. Time to Make the Donuts: The Founder of Dunkin Donuts Shares an American Journey by William Rosenberg and Jessica Keener: “It all started when Bill Rosenberg took a leap of faith and bet his future on a donut.”

8. Curious George The Donut Delivery by H. A. Rey: “Curious George adds a few extra zeroes to his donut order and doesn’t realize just how big his delivery problem is going to become. This paperback picture book explores the concepts of zero and counting by tens.”

9. Don’t Take the Last Donut: New Rules of Business Etiquette by Judith Bowman: “gives you the tools you need to be confident and letter-perfect in any business setting–from pitch to presentation, from networking to contract negotiations, and everything in between. With this book, you will easily master the art of small talk, the protocol of the perfect business introduction, and the many nuances of the business lunch.”

10. Evil Eclairs: A Donut Shop Mystery by Jessica Beck: “Donut shop owner Suzanne Hart admits her sweet treats don’t exactly qualify as health food. But does she really deserve to be labeled a “killer” by local radio jockey Lester Moorefield? The annoying host is urging citizens to boycott Suzanne’s “deadly dough” factory—until he’s found dead himself, stuffed with one of Suzanne’s éclairs…”

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