You need to know about: Vegan doughnuts and whiskey!

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Vegan Diva baked doughnuts Baked, butterless and kosher, these vegan doughnuts—in flavors like cinnamon-sugar, toasted coconut and chocolate--fleur de sel—are far better than they have any right to be. "Vegan Diva" owner Fernanda Capobianco-Payard, along with pastry chef Camillo Sabella, tested recipes for eight months before settling on the winning formula. The recipe employs coconut oil and apple cider to give the rounds a moist, cakey and crumbly texture. Available at Butterfield Market, 1114 Lexington Ave at 78th St (212-288-7800). $2.50 each.

101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die Whiskey expert Ian Buxton does away with connoisseur pomp to deliver this smartly designed, servicey little guide to the best brown stuff around. Each of his 100-plus picks is accompanied by useful stats (like tasting notes and price point), and the tidy compendium covers everything from small-batch Kentucky bourbons to Japanese single-malt Scotches. Available at $13.69.

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