With a wad of cash in hand and a dream, Solomonov and Cook—two-time James Beard Award winners—meet a Craigslist stranger in a parking lot and buy a used “donut robot.” Partially raw donuts, plenty of regrets, and long lines ensue, but soon the partners work out the kinks and develop an exquisite dough delicately spiced with Middle Eastern aromatics.
Federal Donuts: The (Partially) True Spectacular Story chronicles how a harebrained idea resulted in a mini empire and turned Philadelphia into a donut destination. Strawberry lavender, guava poppy, and pomegranate Nutella are just a few of the imaginative flavors featured in the book.
Celebrate Chanukah over donuts and a conversation hosted by Jeffrey Goldberg, the Editor in Chief of The Atlantic, exploring Solomonov and Cook’s journey in the food business, their Jewish identities and relationships with Israel, and creating a realized life’s mission while overcoming personal struggles.
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