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. In Donuts, Edge walks us though the donut's inception as Dutch fare, the Salvation Army's wartime donuts, the invention of the donut machine, the 1950s donut-shop craze, the Krispy Kreme revolution, the appropriation by other ethnicities, and the fanatical chefs that take donuts to a new art form. Nothing encourages our sweet-tooth cravings like the donut. It is honest. It is satisfying. It is a national symbol that has survived the low carb-diet dogma and the death of the local donut shop, and it is making a comeback into the hearts of Americans.

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By Melissa (Charlotte, NC) · ★★★★☆ · April 05, 2013
Take some dough, fry it, and then douse it in sugar. You now have the donut (doughnut). A favorite breakfast (or anytime) treat of many, the donut can actually be found in many cultures all over the world and by different names. But the concept is the same. Sweet fried dough. And this book is par... ...more
By Julie (Dallas, TX) · ★★☆☆☆ · March 14, 2011
This was the only book of the four "American Food" books Edge wrote that I hadn't read yet. (The others were Hamburgers & Fries, Fried Chicken, and Apple Pie.) All the others brought us Edge's enthusiasm, curiousity, and appetite to the table. Small though they were, they were satisfying. Thi... ...more
By Kelli (Tulsa, OK) · ★★☆☆☆ · June 16, 2008
Donuts was an interesting history of this happy lil' American treat, contemplating all the various potential originations that the 1st donut could've initially stemmed from. I personally preferred the view that Native Americans are responsible for the 1st donuts w/ their fry bread. YUMMY! This bo... ...more
By Aaron (Oak Park, IL) · ★★★★☆ · April 15, 2009
I love all forms of fried dough! This was a great little read full of yummy cultural tidbits and good recipes. ...more