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.”

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  • Kblg  on  November 2, 2018

    Peach Milkshake Cake would be the first!

  • rchesser  on  November 2, 2018

    Barnyard breakfast pie

  • tennyogirl  on  November 2, 2018

    Holler doughnuts

  • Christinasfood  on  November 2, 2018

    Ham Scones – Oh Yeah!!

  • Shelley.b  on  November 2, 2018

    Double chocolate moonshine cake

  • monasli  on  November 2, 2018

    Jaime’s corn pudding.

  • LarissaPrusak  on  November 2, 2018

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

  • mcrimmins  on  November 2, 2018

    Red Truck Bakery Granola

  • southerncooker  on  November 2, 2018

    Double chocolate moonshine cake sounds inviting.

  • smileirish  on  November 2, 2018

    Almond cake

  • Mariarosa  on  November 2, 2018

    Apricot and plum hand pies

  • lpatterson412  on  November 2, 2018

    Harvest apple pie!

  • nexttotheblues  on  November 2, 2018

    Funeral pie

  • ebs  on  November 2, 2018

    Black and blueberry pie with cornmeal crust

  • HelenB  on  November 2, 2018

    Harvest Apple Pie

  • riley  on  November 2, 2018

    Aunt Darla's smokey pimento cheese

  • t.t  on  November 2, 2018

    Guava pastelitos

  • vickster  on  November 3, 2018

    Spoonbread with figs and mascarpone

  • Lynnd219  on  November 3, 2018


  • nadiam1000  on  November 3, 2018

    Lemon poppy seed tea bread

  • sdutton  on  November 3, 2018

    Double-chocolate moonshine cake is calling my name.

  • sdutton  on  November 3, 2018

    Meyer lemon Cake.

  • sdutton  on  November 3, 2018

    Farmhouse Beer Bread.

  • mpdeb98  on  November 3, 2018

    Birdseed cookies

  • robynnemellor  on  November 3, 2018

    Ham scones

  • elsid22  on  November 3, 2018

    Strawberry lemonade bars!

  • jluvs2bake  on  November 3, 2018

    sweet stuffed biscuits with pear and goat cheese

  • dcradicrn  on  November 3, 2018

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

  • jmay42066  on  November 3, 2018

    Howdy neighbor muffins with cranberries, orange, and walnuts

  • bdmltm  on  November 3, 2018

    Caramel pumpkin pie!

  • lean1  on  November 3, 2018

    Blueberry and ginger scones sounds great!

  • jezpurr  on  November 3, 2018

    Mom's Walnut Chews!!!^_^

  • MiMi60  on  November 3, 2018

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

  • JRumi  on  November 4, 2018

    Cranberry oatmeal cookies

  • eatysmith  on  November 4, 2018

    Ham scones with cheddar and scallions!

  • kelliwinter  on  November 4, 2018

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

  • EmilyR  on  November 4, 2018

    Meyer lemon cake

  • kmn4  on  November 5, 2018

    Guava pastelitos

  • kedmiston  on  November 5, 2018

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

  • ktwalla  on  November 5, 2018

    Barnyard Breakfast Pie

  • sarahawker  on  November 5, 2018

    Maple-glazed pumpkin scones with raisins

  • matag  on  November 5, 2018

    Wild raspberry buckle

  • debbiehb  on  November 6, 2018

    Savory stuffed biscuits with tomato and mozzarella

  • LaurenE  on  November 8, 2018

    Barnyard breakfast pie

  • Laura1  on  November 9, 2018

    cranberry oatmeal cookies

  • milgwimper  on  November 10, 2018

    Meyer Lemon Cake

  • Dannausc  on  November 10, 2018

    Harvest apple pie

  • Siegal  on  November 11, 2018

    I love almond cakes

  • choppergirl  on  November 12, 2018

    Virginia country ham and Gruyère quiche

  • dbielick  on  November 13, 2018

    Black and blueberry pie with cornmeal crust

  • verorenee  on  November 14, 2018

    Shrimp and grits pandowdy

  • TrishaCP  on  November 19, 2018

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

  • Uhmandanicole  on  November 20, 2018

    Wild raspberry buckle

  • AnneOther  on  November 20, 2018

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

  • VWR  on  November 21, 2018

    Ham scones with cheddar and scallions

  • RSW  on  November 23, 2018

    Blueberry and ginger scones

  • Jenamarie  on  November 23, 2018

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

  • hippiechick1955  on  November 23, 2018

    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  November 24, 2018

    Blueberry ginger scones

  • DebYum  on  November 27, 2018

    Birdseed cookies!

  • lisa59  on  December 1, 2018

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

  • RoseMGenuine  on  December 3, 2018

    Green tomato pie with cheddar and bacon crust.

  • Lmocooks  on  December 5, 2018

    Southern Shoefly Pie

  • jemans  on  December 5, 2018

    The guava pastelitos are so interesting!

  • RickPearson54  on  December 7, 2018

    Ham scones

  • jigglesfrog  on  December 7, 2018

    Barnyard breakfast pie

  • mkcorban  on  December 7, 2018

    Sausage and jalapeno scones

  • lisambb  on  December 8, 2018

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

  • Abrock  on  December 8, 2018

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

  • Joy001  on  December 8, 2018

    Meyer Lemon Cake

  • sequoia55  on  December 9, 2018

    Black and blueberry pie with cornmeal crust

  • PeavineBlues  on  December 9, 2018

    Cornbread with cheese frostin

  • mrscahughes  on  December 9, 2018

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

  • KarenDel  on  December 11, 2018

    Sweet stuffed biscuits with pear and goat cheese

  • Karla123  on  December 13, 2018

    Sweet potato panettone…sounds flavorful and festive!

  • hillsboroks  on  December 13, 2018

    Double-chocolate moonshine cake

  • ToPieFor  on  December 15, 2018

    Upside-down pear gingerbread cake

  • jason0389  on  December 18, 2018

    blueberry and ginger scones

  • orchidlady01  on  December 20, 2018

    Shenandoah apple cake with maple glaze

  • Dewnie  on  December 28, 2018

    Lemon cake….

  • percussion03  on  December 28, 2018

    Barnyard breakfast pie

  • auntietina  on  December 29, 2018

    Chester’s peach pie with ginger

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