The Donut Book

Overview

The Atkins Diet? Phooey! The South Beach Diet? Feh! What Americans really want to eat is something deep-fried and sugar-packed . . . hence our undying love affair with the beloved donut.

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 ...

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Overview

The Atkins Diet? Phooey! The South Beach Diet? Feh! What Americans really want to eat is something deep-fried and sugar-packed . . . hence our undying love affair with the beloved donut.

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 personal charm and life-long, in-depth donut scholarship.

She covers high points in donut history: the arrival of the first donuts in America with the Dutch settlers in the 17th century, and the donut in World War I, when it became the favorite nosh of the boys in the trenches. She celebrates donut-loving celebrities, from Admiral Byrd to Bill Clinton, as well as some of the most gifted donut bakers on the planet. She visits the campus of Dunkin' Donuts University and reveals the secret that makes Krispy Kreme donuts irresistible. And she identifies the most popular donut in America (glazed) and the runner-up (chocolate).

Then there are the recipes: 29 mouth-watering, soul-satisfying ways to achieve the ultimate sugar rush, from New Orleans beignets to Portuguese malasadas, from Boston crèmes to Alain Ducasse's upscale Donut. And for donut lovers who are willing to hit the road to find their favorite confection, the book comes with an illustrated Donut Lover's Guide to bakeries that serve up the lightest, fluffiest, best dressed, and tastiest donuts.

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Editorial Reviews

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"It's chock-full of yummy colour photos, technical diagrams, historical lore, arcane trivia and cultural study around this humble—nay, mighty—snack." -National Post (Toronto)

"What we have in this book is a complete doughnut history." -Buffalo News

"...lavishly illustrated with colorful graphics, mouthwatering photography and vintage donut art." -Trailer Life

"...an engaging and nostalgic trip through every tasty facet of donut-ology..."

-Supermarket Gourmet

“…an engaging celebration of America’s favorite sugar-packed culinary delight.”

–Food & Life Arizona

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580175487
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 10/15/2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 349,906
  • Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Dubbed the "Donut Princess" by The Washington Post, Sally Levitt Steinberg has published articles in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe. She was featured in the Travel Channel's documentary Donut Crazy. Steinberg lives in Manhattan.

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