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What a better day to review The Donut Book by Sally Levitt Steinberg than today, November 5: AKA National Donut Day?
Storey Publishing was so kind to send me a copy of The Donut Book and I’m so happy they did! It is the perfect balance of, as the title says: Words, Pictures, and Outrageous tales.
Something the title forgets to remind readers is that the book is also full of unique recipes from Banana Donuts to Buttermilk Donuts! I would love to try Spiced Potato Donuts.
Some Amazon reviewers have noted that this is not a recipe book or a guide on making the very most perfect donut. What it does have is a little bit of everything. I enjoyed reading the history of the donut and seeing all of the vintage pictures, including an advertisement for a donut “reducing” plan. I also got answers to my aching questions such as what exactly makes a “donut” a “donut.”
Other reviewers have suggested that this makes a great coffee table book. I’ll agree and take it another step: It makes a great classroom free read book. If you have a donut making lab in your culinary program, you will want a copy in your room.
My overall impression of the book is that it is a cute, fun read, and a worthy purchase as long as you are not expecting only a recipe book. This is much better than that!
To celebrate National Donut Day I’m giving away a copy of The Donut Book and you have two chances to win. First, leave a comment on this post telling me about the best donut you ever ate. Second, follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter and leave a comment on this post telling me so. I will randomly pick a winner next Tuesday. Good luck!