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Happy National Doughnut Day!

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National Doughnut Day falls on the first Friday in June every year and was created by The Salvation Army in honor of the Salvation Army “Doughnut Lassies” who made donuts for homesick soldiers during World War I. Legend has it that although donuts were first introduced by Dutch settlers, it was the popularity of the doughnuts made by the "Lassies" that really made doughnuts a hit in America.

Doughnuts are certainly a hit with me! My dream doughnut feast would include doughnuts from Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, Doughnut Plant in New York, and Walton Donuts right here in Denver. But who am I kidding? Any doughnut is a good doughnut! I'll definitely be heading out for my free doughnut from LaMar's or Krispy Kreme on National Doughnut Day.

Award Winning Cookbooks

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Each year the James Beard Foundation grants a few prestigious awards to venerate chefs and cookbook authors as well as other dignitaries in the field. Winners were announced on Monday, May 3 during a posh New York ceremony. These books are sure to be scrumptious!

2010 Winners include:

The garden

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A documentary about food justice that will infuriate and inspire you!

The fortune cookie chronicles : adventures in the world of Chinese food

by Jennifer 8. Lee

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Ever wondered about fortune cookies - where they come from and why? Those cute takeout containers? Why there are so many Chinese restaurants and why so many seem the same? This quick read helps answer those questions and explores other interesting factors related to America's love of Chinese (American) food.

King corn you are what you eat

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Can't get enough of these fine farm/food flicks.

The real dirt on farmer John

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What an amazing life this man has made.

My last supper : 50 great chefs and their final meals : portraits, interviews, and recipes

by Melanie Dunea

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3
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Love to cook or eat? Here's a beautiful coffee-table book to ponder. Larger than life photographs and meal descriptions.

In defense of food : an eater's manifesto

by Michael Pollan

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A must read for all foodies and anyone concerned about his or her health and the increasingly sick world around us. Pollan writes so well - it's a compelling followup to The Omnivore's Dilemma.

How to pick a peach : the search for flavor from farm to table

by Russ Parsons

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Ever wonder why grocery store fruit is mealy? Why does that tomato have no flavor? What should you do with your veggies when you get them home? Parsons answers these questions and more in this educational and entertaining book about our nation's produce -- where it comes from, how to...

The $64 tomato

by William Alexander

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4

A delightful summer read and good companion to The Omnivore's Dilemma. If you garden at all, you'll enjoy reading about the trials and tribulations of Bill and his garden. His tomatoes really did come out to about $64 each but he enjoyed every one of them.

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