The first cookbook from Mike Solomonov’s beloved doughnut chain is out today and the doughnut crew is throwing a big-deal block party this weekend to celebrate. Solomonov and his Federal Donuts partners Steven Cook, Felicia D’Ambrosio, Tom Henneman, and Bob Logue will be at the party on Sunday, October 1, outside of Federal Donuts’ shop on 16th and Sansom. It’s free.
The book, Federal Donuts: The (Partially) True Spectacular Story, is a blend of recipes, artwork, and storytelling, with details about the partners and how they came to launch a South Philly fried chicken and doughnut shop that, fast forwarding six years, now has four locations in Philly and one in Miami. It also tells the now-famous tale of Rooster Soup Co., which started out as an idea for how to mindfully make use of chicken carcasses left over from Federal Donuts’ fried chicken. All of the profits from Rooster Soup go to support Philadelphians in need through the Broad Street Ministry’s Hospitality Collaborative.
This is Solomonov and Cook’s second book, after the two-time James Beard Award-winning Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking. They’ll be signing copies of Federal Donuts along with the rest of the team at Sunday’s block party, which runs from 1-4 p.m. with live music (including two musicians who double as Federal Donuts’ employees) and free fried chicken sandwiches, Federal Donuts’ signature “fancy” doughnuts, and food from a pop-up Rooster Soup Co. grill. Yards Brewing Company will be providing the beer — it’s $5, with proceeds going to the Broad Street Hospitality Collaborative.