National Doughnut Day was created by Congress after successful lobbying on the part of Adolph Levitt, Chairman of the Doughnut Corporation of America. But doughnuts have been with us a long while. Here’s a recipe from Mary Randolph’s Virginia Housewife (an 1836 printing). It’s an important book, the first regional American cookbook, and to some, the “most influential American cookbook” [Karen Hess]. Mary Randolph did include recipes from beyond Virginia and the South, like this one, for Dough Nuts, or Yankee Cakes.