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Donuts: An American Passion Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 18, 2006
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Prepare yourself for a sweet thrill-jaunt in his wake as he flavor-plows North America, accompanied by the usual suspects (sugar & cinnamon), and more than a few surprises. I knew I was a fan when I read his line "I would shout down anyone who dared dispute the goodness inherent in oil-singed orbs of fruitcake." If you want to know where to find me, I'll be the guy on all fours propped behind his poor victim's knees to facilitate smooth sailing in his backward trajectory.
You'll read about why it's patriotic and even possibly healthy (this would be in the "history" part of the book) to indulge your donut fixation. Different ethnic takes on fried dough weigh in. Artistry is in full flower, no ingredient is sacred. Everybody gets into the act, and even "uberchef" Thomas Keller gets a mention.
This book gives you everything you could want in a donut book; history, comedy, personality, machinery, and especially, recipes. There are resources that you could use to start a donut business yourself.
Pretty smart kid he's got helping him out, too.
"Donuts" is what you'd expect. It's a book about donuts. There's some history, mentions of different types of donuts by culture or country, and some explorations of famous donut shops. Edge also includes a few recipes for certain types of donuts.
Edge visits a lot of different donut shops, but they seem to mostly be centered on the West Coast. There is a vast majority of shops in Seattle and California, and quite a few in Hawaii too, which for the purpose of this book I'm going to consider "west coast" instead of the island that it is. Sure we do get down to New Orleans for some beignets, but the east coast only has a few mentions, and the south is dominated by Krispy Kreme. Now, granted, Krispy Kreme is popular and what started the doughnut revolution, so it does have its place in this book. All of the donut shop owners though don't really offer a whole lot about themselves or their products. Or at least Edge doesn't write about them very much. He does make note that they were mostly secretive, but I would have though there would be more than there actually is in this book.
In fact, most of this particular book is about the different donuts Edge tries at all these places. When compared to the other books I've read in this series, it just isn't as impressive on giving the whole picture of the food.Read more ›
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Fun, small coffee book table for myself - a donut lover! Content isn't overwhelmingly impressive but for the few bucks I paid for it - it sure is fun! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Candace Marie