Red Truck Bakery

How do I love Red Truck Bakery Cookbook: Gold-Standard Recipes from America's Favorite Rural Bakery by Brian Noyes, let me count the ways. The stunning photography, recipes that are exciting and new, and the book opens with the author's tale of how John Wayne once made him a tuna sandwich. Hot damn, it doesn't get much better than that. 

This time of year delivers a flurry of books to my doorstep - many are review copies and some are purchased. It's been a whirlwind of work for the last six weeks, more so than usual. So oft times - I open the packages, pile them up and turn to other pressing work deadlines. Something about Red Truck Bakery commanded my attention. I stopped work, took the book to the couch and started reading. I was smitten.

This book has all the charm one would expect from a Virginia bakery with recipes that include Skillet cornbread with pimento cheese frosting, Bourbon sarsaparilla cake with cherries and almonds, and Appalachian pie with ramps and morels. The headnotes make you feel that the author is in the kitchen beside you giving advice on the dishes. 

Brian saw my social media posts and reached out to me to send me some of his products from the bakery. I told him that it wasn't necessary that I was in love with his book and wanted to share how wonderful it was. A few days later two boxes arrived with Bourbon cake (to die for with hints of ginger, lemon and orange), the gluten-free Almond cake (disappeared in less than 24 hours the recipe is in the book), Red Truck Bakery granola (which we all loved), Harvest wheat bread (Andrew demanded a piece with soup the day the boxes arrived and it was incredible toasted with a little peanut butter for breakfast the next day) and last but not least, their Bulldog coffee. 


I am a confident baker and cook, and I plan to bake a great deal from this book, but come December I'm treating myself to Red Truck Bakery for my birthday. The orange cake and moonshine cake are calling my name. I've made the almond cake once for a staff meeting and will be making it again this week. So good! Let me tell you how much I love this book, I ordered an autographed copy even though I already had a copy. Brian is touring in support of this title, see his events on our calendar.

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Special thanks to Clarkson Potter for providing the materials for our EYBD Preview as well as three copies of this title in our giveaway below. Special thanks to Brian and Red Truck Bakery for their extraordinary kindness.  


The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post. Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on December 29th, 2018.

"Reprinted from Red Truck Bakery Cookbook. Copyright © 2018 by Brian Noyes. Photographs copyright © 2018 by Andrew Thomas Lee. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC."


  • Kblg  on  11/2/2018 at 5:41 PM

    Peach Milkshake Cake would be the first!

  • rchesser  on  11/2/2018 at 6:02 PM

    Barnyard breakfast pie

  • tennyogirl  on  11/2/2018 at 6:24 PM

    Holler doughnuts

  • Christinasfood  on  11/2/2018 at 6:36 PM

    Ham Scones - Oh Yeah!!

  • Shelley.b  on  11/2/2018 at 6:50 PM

    Double chocolate moonshine cake

  • monasli  on  11/2/2018 at 6:55 PM

    Jaime’s corn pudding.

  • LarissaPrusak  on  11/2/2018 at 7:03 PM

    I need to make the Stollen! We love Stollen all year round.

  • mcrimmins  on  11/2/2018 at 7:10 PM

    Red Truck Bakery Granola

  • southerncooker  on  11/2/2018 at 7:47 PM

    Double chocolate moonshine cake sounds inviting.

  • smileirish  on  11/2/2018 at 8:11 PM

    Almond cake

  • Mariarosa  on  11/2/2018 at 8:12 PM

    Apricot and plum hand pies

  • lpatterson412  on  11/2/2018 at 8:16 PM

    Harvest apple pie!

  • nexttotheblues  on  11/2/2018 at 8:28 PM

    Funeral pie

  • ebs  on  11/2/2018 at 8:39 PM

    Black and blueberry pie with cornmeal crust

  • HelenB  on  11/2/2018 at 10:21 PM

    Harvest Apple Pie

  • riley  on  11/2/2018 at 11:05 PM

    Aunt Darla's smokey pimento cheese

  • t.t  on  11/2/2018 at 11:47 PM

    Guava pastelitos

  • vickster  on  11/3/2018 at 6:52 AM

    Spoonbread with figs and mascarpone

  • Lynnd219  on  11/3/2018 at 7:34 AM


  • nadiam1000  on  11/3/2018 at 7:35 AM

    Lemon poppy seed tea bread

  • sdutton  on  11/3/2018 at 10:12 AM

    Double-chocolate moonshine cake is calling my name.

  • sdutton  on  11/3/2018 at 10:15 AM

    Meyer lemon Cake.

  • sdutton  on  11/3/2018 at 10:19 AM

    Farmhouse Beer Bread.

  • mpdeb98  on  11/3/2018 at 12:26 PM

    Birdseed cookies

  • robynnemellor  on  11/3/2018 at 2:38 PM

    Ham scones

  • elsid22  on  11/3/2018 at 3:27 PM

    Strawberry lemonade bars!

  • jluvs2bake  on  11/3/2018 at 3:34 PM

    sweet stuffed biscuits with pear and goat cheese

  • dcradicrn  on  11/3/2018 at 3:58 PM

    The Double Chocolate Moonshine Cake would be my 1st Bake!

  • jmay42066  on  11/3/2018 at 4:21 PM

    Howdy neighbor muffins with cranberries, orange, and walnuts

  • bdmltm  on  11/3/2018 at 5:40 PM

    Caramel pumpkin pie!

  • lean1  on  11/3/2018 at 6:59 PM

    Blueberry and ginger scones sounds great!

  • jezpurr  on  11/3/2018 at 8:54 PM

    Mom's Walnut Chews!!!^_^

  • MiMi60  on  11/3/2018 at 9:49 PM

    Never had a Southern shoofly pie but would love to try one.

  • JRumi  on  11/4/2018 at 5:25 AM

    Cranberry oatmeal cookies

  • eatysmith  on  11/4/2018 at 5:02 PM

    Ham scones with cheddar and scallions!

  • kelliwinter  on  11/4/2018 at 9:41 PM

    Barnyard breakfast pie because it has the best name, it must be delicious

  • EmilyR  on  11/4/2018 at 10:52 PM

    Meyer lemon cake

  • kmn4  on  11/5/2018 at 9:37 AM

    Guava pastelitos

  • kedmiston  on  11/5/2018 at 10:25 AM

    The caramel pumpkin pie or the Virginia country ham and Gruyère quiche.

  • ktwalla  on  11/5/2018 at 10:30 AM

    Barnyard Breakfast Pie

  • sarahawker  on  11/5/2018 at 10:41 AM

    Maple-glazed pumpkin scones with raisins

  • matag  on  11/5/2018 at 7:22 PM

    Wild raspberry buckle

  • debbiehb  on  11/6/2018 at 12:08 PM

    Savory stuffed biscuits with tomato and mozzarella

  • LaurenE  on  11/8/2018 at 6:09 PM

    Barnyard breakfast pie

  • Laura1  on  11/9/2018 at 7:25 AM

    cranberry oatmeal cookies

  • milgwimper  on  11/10/2018 at 7:44 AM

    Meyer Lemon Cake

  • Dannausc  on  11/10/2018 at 7:52 PM

    Harvest apple pie

  • Siegal  on  11/11/2018 at 9:03 PM

    I love almond cakes

  • choppergirl  on  11/12/2018 at 6:58 PM

    Virginia country ham and Gruyère quiche

  • dbielick  on  11/13/2018 at 8:26 AM

    Black and blueberry pie with cornmeal crust

  • verorenee  on  11/14/2018 at 5:21 PM

    Shrimp and grits pandowdy

  • TrishaCP  on  11/19/2018 at 9:32 PM

    Definitely peach milkshake cake. Can't wait to go back next time I'm in Warrenton.

  • Uhmandanicole  on  11/20/2018 at 4:06 AM

    Wild raspberry buckle

  • AnneOther  on  11/20/2018 at 7:28 PM

    The "Old-World almond stollen" would be perfect for the holidays, so that's the recipe I'd turn to first!

  • VWR  on  11/21/2018 at 4:18 PM

    Ham scones with cheddar and scallions

  • RSW  on  11/23/2018 at 8:46 AM

    Blueberry and ginger scones

  • Jenamarie  on  11/23/2018 at 6:07 PM

    Kentucky bourbon pecan pie with chocolate in a pretzel crust .... OH MY

  • hippiechick1955  on  11/23/2018 at 9:38 PM

    Either the Savory Biscuits with tomatoe & mozzarella or the Double Chocolate Moonshine Cake. As a teenager in 1970, I worked at a bakery in Arlington, VA. I would have gained a tremendous amount of weight if we dold those biscuits!

  • Alleycat  on  11/24/2018 at 4:24 PM

    Blueberry ginger scones

  • DebYum  on  11/27/2018 at 8:48 PM

    Birdseed cookies!

  • lisa59  on  12/1/2018 at 3:34 PM

    Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RoseMGenuine  on  12/3/2018 at 8:38 PM

    Green tomato pie with cheddar and bacon crust.

  • Lmocooks  on  12/5/2018 at 8:47 AM

    Southern Shoefly Pie

  • jemans  on  12/5/2018 at 9:45 PM

    The guava pastelitos are so interesting!

  • RickPearson54  on  12/7/2018 at 10:44 AM

    Ham scones

  • jigglesfrog  on  12/7/2018 at 11:54 AM

    Barnyard breakfast pie

  • mkcorban  on  12/7/2018 at 8:20 PM

    Sausage and jalapeno scones

  • lisambb  on  12/8/2018 at 5:31 AM

    Definitely a scone although I’m having trouble picking out which to make first.

  • Abrock  on  12/8/2018 at 8:40 AM

    Ham scones for sure. My husband loves the savory side.

  • Joy001  on  12/8/2018 at 2:33 PM

    Meyer Lemon Cake

  • sequoia55  on  12/9/2018 at 1:15 AM

    Black and blueberry pie with cornmeal crust

  • PeavineBlues  on  12/9/2018 at 1:33 PM

    Cornbread with cheese frostin

  • mrscahughes  on  12/9/2018 at 8:27 PM

    It is impossible to choose just one item. I have a list but meyer lemon cake would be right up there.

  • KarenDel  on  12/11/2018 at 1:40 PM

    Sweet stuffed biscuits with pear and goat cheese

  • Karla123  on  12/13/2018 at 6:35 PM

    Sweet potato panettone...sounds flavorful and festive!

  • hillsboroks  on  12/13/2018 at 7:34 PM

    Double-chocolate moonshine cake

  • ToPieFor  on  12/15/2018 at 10:28 AM

    Upside-down pear gingerbread cake

  • jason0389  on  12/18/2018 at 9:29 PM

    blueberry and ginger scones

  • orchidlady01  on  12/20/2018 at 2:58 AM

    Shenandoah apple cake with maple glaze

  • Dewnie  on  12/28/2018 at 3:02 PM

    Lemon cake....

  • percussion03  on  12/28/2018 at 10:34 PM

    Barnyard breakfast pie

  • auntietina  on  12/29/2018 at 3:34 AM

    Chester’s peach pie with ginger

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