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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 ...

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Overview

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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Edge's (Hamburgers & Fries) exploration of iconic American foods, including fried chicken, apple pie, and hamburgers, concludes with this work that looks at the origins and cultural meaning of donuts. Spanning North-South and East-West traditions, it includes recipes, profiles of bakers, and must-visit shops, as well as a meditation on the conflict between artisan and commercial foods. In addition, Edge traces the development of the donut from seasonal ethnic treat to proletarian breakfast fare and the recent mania for Krispy Kremes. Edge has a prodigious appetite and an amazing tolerance for sugar-no donut style, glaze, or flavor is left untasted, from austere cake donuts to Hawaiian malassadas to haute cuisine deconstructions, including donut soup. Despite their ubiquity, donuts don't seem easy to make; Edge's 15 recipes look good, but the primer on frying would be more useful earlier in the book. However, armchair cooks as well as ambitious types will enjoy this fun read.-Devon Thomas, DevIndexing, Chelsea, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399153587
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/18/2006
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 7.66 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

John T. Edge's work has appeared regularly in Gourmet and Saveur and has been featured in the 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 editions of Best Food Writing. He is currently the director of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi. His cookbook, A Gracious Plenty, was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award. In 2003, he was named "One of Twenty Southerners to Watch" by the Financial Times of London, and he was a finalist for the 2004 M. F. K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award from the James Beard Foundation.

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