My name is Ashley McLaughlin and this is my blog, Edible Perspective. To learn more about my journey head on over to my about + FAQ pages. I'm thrilled that you stopped by. Enjoy!


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Baked Doughnuts For Everyone: From Sweet to Savory to Everything in Between, 101 Delicious Recipes, All Gluten-Free


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sort of REALLY excited about this NEWS!

My posting has been a tad sporadic the past few weeks.  You may or may not have noticed.

To say that there has been a lot going on is quite the understatement.  Thank you—so.very.much.—for hanging with me as I’ve continued to string you along with this lingering news.

I thought I would be able to share a few weeks ago but had to keep my lips sealed a little while longer.  And actually, I’ve had to keep my lips sealed about this since MAY!  Torture!

Remember when I was organizing the office a few weeks ago?

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The question marks now have a name!!

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In case you need to see it more clearly…

a book! a book!

[just slightly freaking out with excitement!!!!!!!]

[ok, breeeeeathe…me, not you]

Now, the rest of the story.

If you follow me on Instagram you may have also seen some cryptic photos alluding to the news.

In May, I posted this photo about a very special doughnut delivery.

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It was headed all the way to BOSTON.  Yes, I overnighted them!

doughnuts + toppings + instructions

In case you’re wondering, I sent cinnamon cake doughnuts and peanut butter cup doughnuts.

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Okay, so let me back up a minute.  In May, I received an email from Fair Winds Press asking if I would be interested in writing a gluten free doughnut cookbook.  They knew from the blog that I already had a decent lineup of doughnuts and wanted to know if I could come up with a LOT more.

Yes! and YES!


Just how many exactly?


I wrote a quick proposal, came up with a list of over 101 doughnuts, mailed in the doughnuts, and waited.  While they did come to me with the idea it still had to be pitched and accepted by the whole team. 

You better believe I was GLUED to my computer the day they had their meeting.

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I soon found out that everyone was on board and was told the entire team went crazy for the doughnuts.  No one could believe they were baked, gluten free, and made two days prior.  Success!! 

Since that meeting there have been countless emails and phone calls coming up with a plan.  It’s quite the long process but definitely worth the wait.  The contracts are now signed and it’s official!

A few details for you:

  • The book will most likely be on shelves in early October of 2013.  Right in time for holiday baking!
  • The entire book is due December 1st.  <--- This is why my posting will continue to be sporadic.
  • There will be 101 doughnut recipes with a few fun surprises thrown in the mix.
  • It will be a full color book, including 55 photos that I will by photographing myself.  <--- Thrilled about this!!
  • All of the doughnuts on my recipe page will be re-tested, updated if needed, and included in the book along with a gazillion others.
  • All recipes will be gluten free.
  • Some recipes will be vegan.

I’m sure there will be more details to share soon.  For now, here is a look into the first phase of the book.  I will definitely be posting about some of the behind the scenes happenings. 

Like this.

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This happened last week and was also on Instagram.

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Many of you assumed I was throwing a doughnut party.  Which I was…sort of.

More like a doughnut tasting party!

My goal is to create the highest quality recipes I possibly can.  To accomplish this I needed to make sure my base recipe was perfected. 

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I announced the tasting on my Facebook doughnut group [yes I created a doughnut group!] to get as many opinions as possible.

All of the doughnuts were the same vanilla flavor and unfrosted.  I needed the attention to be focused entirely on the doughnut.  I baked the original base recipe and four others which were slightly varied.  Some used different ratios of flours, some less oil, some more oil, etc.

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Everyone tasted and took notes and then we all discussed. It was fun to get feedback and surprisingly find out that we all agreed on a winner. I enjoyed hearing what everyone did and didn’t like and the differences they noticed between the different versions. A few friends hadn’t tried the doughnuts before and couldn’t believe they were gluten free.  I will never get sick of hearing that!

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The winner varied every so slightly from the original.  The flour ratios stayed the same but the oil + applesauce changed slightly.  If you can believe it, the winner uses slightly less oil.

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Doughnut overload???  Almost done!

To say that I’m thrilled + excited would be an understatement.  I was honored that Fair Winds Press thought I would be a good fit for the job.  They are an outstanding company with an impressive lineup of cookbooks.   Even though this has been in the works for a few months now I cannot believe I am going to write and photograph a cookBOOK! 

Three years ago I didn’t know the first thing about photography.  I had just moved to Colorado.  I was hunting for an architecture job.  I couldn’t write to save my life [still working on this one!].  I never ever dreamed of being published.

My how things can change in an instant. 

I feel incredibly lucky to have been given this opportunity but have also worked my rear off to get to this point.  While having a slight sense of nervousness going into this project, the overwhelming feeling of happiness wins.

I want to take a minute to thank all of you.  A million times over.  I wouldn’t be where I am without my readers.  And also to my dear friends, family, and husband.  Words cannot express my gratitude for your love and support.

Now let’s get baking!


Reader Comments (156)

SO SO SO SO SOOOOOO exciting! :-) omg when your book comes out, i hope you do a tour. doughnut tastings at the events! i know of a great bookstore that you should come to - they only carry books about FOOD.

@Suki --> Ummm, that sounds amazing! As it gets closer to the release date I'll be figuring out if I'm doing any type of tour, etc. Sounds like a great book store to keep in mind. Thanks!!
August 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersuki
Congratulations Ashley! Wow, what an accomplishment - you have come such a long way in three years! I'm so excited to see how your book turns out! Do you have title ideas yet?!?! Good luck!!!

@Rebecca --> Yes!! We have a title but I'm waiting to make sure it doesn't change before sharing. Hopefully soon! Thank you. :)
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca
Yay! I'm so happy for you :) Ive enjoyed many of your recipes, cant wait for your cookbook.
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkendra
CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS!!! I can feel your excitement through this post! How did they hear about your blog, or had they been followers?!
Such an incredible opportunity, I can not wait to purchase a copy :)

@Christina --> When the editor emailed me she said she had been a reader for quite some time. You just never know who is reading your blog! Pretty crazy. Thank you!!
Loooooooooooooove youuuuuuuuuuu! You deserve it!

@Emily --> Thank you sweet lady.
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmily Malone
Many, many congratulations! I hope it is the first of many (I have so many of your veggie based dinners bookmarked and printed and scrawled in my recipe binder!)

@Emily --> It's crazy to me that someone has my recipes printed and placed in a recipe binder. So very awesome. Thank you!
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteremily
That's awesome! I knew this day would come (I didn't know it would be doughnuts, but I knew it would come). Next stop: TV show. Can't wait to say I knew you when! Congrats again lady. You rock!

@Joanna --> TV??? Have you seen me on camera?? Awkward!! haha -- Thank you!!
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna @ Midwestern Bite
Ashley!!! Congrats, congrats, congrats. How exciting! I'm not even gf, but you'd better believe I'll be preordering the book as soon as I can. Can't wait to hear more about it :)

@Emily --> Much appreciated! Thank you!
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmily
I'm still a little miffed my doughnut party invite got lost in the mail! ;)
Oh my gosh hon, CONGRATULATIONS! This is beyond words exciting! And EVERYTHING will be your own...the recipes, the words, the pictures! Ahhh, I just wanna give you gigantic hug! <3

@Heather --> Thanks for your support, even though your invite was lost. :) Hug ya back!
Wonderful news, congratulations! I really did think baby at first, but a book makes more sense after your clue about the folders. I look forward to hearing about it and seeing the final product. I hope you don't get sick of donuts!!

@Jade --> No babies just yet. :) Thanks!
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJade exciting! it's inspiring to see how far you've come. I hope that i can do great things in time too come too...i've just landed my first paid food photography assignment which has made me happy (small steps!) :-)

@Jo --> Congrats to you! That is super exciting.
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjo
Congratulations, Ashley! It's funny but when I saw your post on Pinterest, I knew immediately that you're going to write a doughnut cookbook. To this day you're still one of my favourite bloggers, even though I have gotten tired of most of the other healthy living bloggers. I love how creative you are and you totally deserve this!

@Jessy --> Much appreciated. Thanks, lady!
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessy (squeezetheday)
I hope this is the first book of many! Can't wait to try out more of your doughnut recipes.

@Danielle - As do I!!
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle @ Dish'n'Dash
Congrats, congrats!! Love your donuts recipes, this is such awesome news!!! I can't wait for your book :)
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren
I'm so excited for you! I will definitely be wanting that cookbook. You totally deserve to be doing the photography.....your photos are gorgeous. I want to be on the donut tasting committee! ;)
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkim@hungryhealthygirl
I'm so happy for you!!!! Not only will I buy the book, but now I need to buy a donut pan!
(will you make donuts as our dessert for blend???)

@Lindsay --> If it's in Colorado again!
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay @ Lindsay's List
Still sooooo incredibly proud of you my friend! If only I could preorder now ;)

@Heather --> You are way too kind. Thank you! Still hard to believe I'll have a book that is available FOR pre-order, haha. :)
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
I’ve been a loyal follower for years but this is the very first time I leave you a comment. This is amazing news! You deserve it so much Ashley, congratulations!!
Your blog inspired me to start writing my own blog, so thank you for that ;). Best wishes all the way from Mexico!

@Karla --> Thanks for saying hello and for the congrats! :)
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKarla @ pizcadesabor
I feel like it was only yesterday when I emailed you with lots of Colorado questions (soon after you moved there)!! Congrats Ash! I look forward to more reading and the book!
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdrienne J
contrats Ashley! What a testament to your work, being sought out to do this book. Very excited that you get to shoot your own images as well. Good luck on the new adventure!

@Mark --> I will be looking to your site for tips!
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark
Congrats Ashley! I'm so, so, so excited for you!
AHHHH Congrats girl!!! I knew this would happen for you! :)
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren
Hey Ashley - this is SUCH great news, I'm so happy for you and have no doubt that you'll blow this out of the water. Can't wait to purchase it!
This is amazing Ashley!! I am so very excited for you!!!!! I love the way life has it way of unfolding.

PS - If you ever need a doughnut tester, you know where to find me. ;)
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany
<3 x 1,000,000

@Ashley --> Right back at ya.
Of course you'd be the perfect fit for the job!! How incredibly exciting, and having followed your blog for a few years now I must how proud of you I am that you have come this far! You deserve every ounce of goodnes that comes your way... can't wait until the book comes out! I'm sure every recipe is genius ;)

@Christa --> Your support has been so appreciated. Thank you!
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChrista @ Edible Balance
Congrats!! You deserve this. I have always been so impressed with your blog and cannot wait to see what you do with your book.
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlaura
Congrats, Ashley!!! There's absolutely no doubt that you've worked that rear off to create these unique posts, recipes and photographs - couldn't be any more excited for you!! And also couldn't be more excited for this book to hit the shelves! The GF world doesn't know what's comin... ;)

@Heather --> Thank you, friend! Now please move back to CO!
Congratulations Ashley!!! This is fantastic news!!! I cannot wait to buy your book :)
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa S
That's awesome. Congratulations!
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLee
THIS IS SO EXCITING! :))) Can't wait! I'll be buying that book the day it hits selves! love GF!
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
CONGRATS! this is SO awesome and i'm SO proud of you! you followed your heart and look where you are now! you go girl!
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
congrats!!! can't wait to read it! you should be so proud of yourself! xoxo
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie @ Table for Two
Finaaallly! I'm so glad it's out in the open now and so incredible proud of you and all of your hard work. Hugs!!

@Katie --> I will be bringing you doughnuts on Sept. 2nd!
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
I guessed a cookbook, but hadn't thought a donut one! How fun! Congratulations many times over--your blog is a big inspiration and definitely got me interested in food photography since I started blogging more than two years ago :) And just an inspiration for following your passion. Well done!
ASH!!!!!!!!! Oh my goodnuts!!!! (like doughnuts? yeah? no?) HOW EXCITING!!!! Congrats times a bajillion. You are a rockstar and such an inspiration. I cannot wait to get my hot little hands on your book. Well deserved, Lady!
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAllie@LiveLaughEat
This was the first thing I check when I woke up this morning!! CONGRATS!! This is HUGE!! You're going to be an AUTHOR!!!! You DESERVE it!!
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMiriam @ Bellaspire
Congrats!! How very exciting!
Congratulations! This is so exciting. I can't wait to buy your cookbook!
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
Congrats sweet lady!! This is SUCH awesome news! I'm so happy for you!! I did think your doughnut "party" was cute on Instagram :p Oh, and I've been meaning to tell you - I think it's really cool that you've created a sortof photo "style". I recognize your photos on sites like Pinterest and Foodgawker just from the photo. Oh, that's one of Ash's. Click on it, yep!

@Kelly --> Your comment has me grinning from ear to ear. A photo style that you can pick out on Pinterest + FG?? I never even realized I was creating my own style...haha Thank you!!!
This is so great, Ashley, congratulations!! I've already given my friend several of your GF doughnut recipes (she loved them), so it will be fun to give her this book with even more. I'm really happy for you!

@Jennifer --> I truly appreciate you passing along my recipes and so glad your friend has loved them!! Thank you!
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
A HUGE congrats to you! Cannot wait for the book!
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey
Congrats! I was wondering why you were making so many donuts, great donuts of course but I was thinking, man this girl really likes donuts! So happy for you!
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa
Oh my gosh, I am sooo excited for you!! This is just so fantastic, I just know your book will be absolutely amazing!!
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica L.
So exciting! Congratulations!! I will definitely getting this book :)
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
You absolutely deserve this. You can tell you've been working your hiney off. So happy for you and what the future brings!!
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennF
How wonderful! Congratulations!
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnn
Congratulations, girl! This is such a huge step and you totally deserve it. Keep up posted on the process - I would love to get a sneak peak into it alL!

@Stacy --> I can't wait to post about the process! Thank you!
Congratulations!! Such exciting news. Can't wait for your cookbook. Photographing your own food to boot. What a thrill it will be to see it all in print.

@Joanne --> It's still a little hard to believe. Thanks so much!
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne
So proud of you, friend. This is much deserved and your book will be AMAZING.

@Sarah --> Thank you, thank you, thank you!
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

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