In the fall of 2017, I created a collaborative Instagram project on Donuts and Poetry. After taking a picture of a donut, the collaborator would write a poem about their experience eating the donut. With this project, I aimed to get people thinking and writing about their food, and demonstrate how much there it to learn from all foods, including the historic and much maligned donut.
This project was inspired by the article, “Eddie Shack was No Tim Horton: Donuts and Folklore of Mass Culture in Canada” by Steve Penfold. It opened my eyes to the power of studying a single food object. Here’s the full citation:
Penfold, Steve 2002. “Eddie Shack was No Tim Horton: Donuts and the Folklore of Mass Culture in Canada” in Food Nations, Selling Taste in Consumer Societies. Belasco, Warren and Philip Scranton, Eds., New York: Routledge, pp. 48-65.
Paul R. Mullin’s Glazed America is an excellent micro-history of this donut in the United States.