TRUCK STOP Book Release and Baked Buttermilk Donuts

Coming soon May 2013!

I’m thrilled to announce the release of TRUCK STOP, written by Anne Rockwell and illustrated by moi!!  The official Viking pub date is this Thursday, but we are kicking off our blog tour today.  TRUCK STOP is a fun picture book for young kids that celebrates all the different trucks and their drivers who gather for breakfast every day at the young narrator’s family’s truck stop diner.

When I first was offered the manuscript in 2011, I was so excited to see it was written by Anne.  I’ve been a big fan for a long time.  She`s written over 100 children’s books for all ages, on topics ranging from boats, history, mythology, to the first day of school, bugs, to the seasons.  Go check out her collection of books here!  Needless to say, I didn’t need much time to think it over and said “yes” to my editor immediately.

Most people don’t realize it, but usually the author and illustrator don’t meet or collaborate at all on the book.  Exceptions are made, of course, if they are married, related, or perhaps have worked together in the past.  So it was such a pleasure last week when I finally had the opportunity to meet Anne in person.  We had been corresponding via Facebook  for the past year after I turned the artwork in (yes, it takes a year for a book to be printed!)

Last year, during our trip to California I did research and took a lot of a reference photos at a truck stop near my hometown.

Truck Stop in Santa Maria

Truck Stop in Santa Maria

A large portion of the story takes place in the truck stop diner. I took a lot of photos inside.

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I love that TRUCK STOP has the food component–yummy breakfasts bringing people together.   Here is the narrator (the son of the owners) helping to make breakfast and opening the truck stop diner:

making breakfast

One of their first guests is Maisie and her Milk Truck.  Maisie orders donuts and coffee for breakfast:

masey

Note plates of collaged donuts:

plate-donuts

I cut each coconut shred and sprinkle by hand!

I cut each coconut shred and sprinkle by hand!

Inspired by Maisie,  I decided to make Baked Buttermilk Donuts to celebrate the TRUCK STOP release.

Plate o' real donuts.

Plate o’ real donuts.

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Anne and I will be doing book events in the area.  If you are nearby, please stop by and get a signed copy!  We will both be at Book Court in Brooklyn at 11 am on June 1.  I will be alone at Greenlight Bookstore participating in some “Artists Battles” (I’m a little nervous since I’ll be “competing” against Sophie Blackall and Sergio Ruzzier and Melissa Guion….!) this coming weekend, May 18 at 11 am.  Come cheer me on!

In the next two weeks, Anne and I will also be doing a blog tour.  Our book will be reviewed and given away on several blogger’s sites.  I will be tweeting about it and will also be hosting a give away of a signed book here on The Hungry Artist, so stay tuned.

Here are some giveaways already going on if you want to try and win a copy!

Just A Little Creativity

Kid Focused

A Mom’s Take

The Children’s Book Review

Five Minutes for Books

Susan Heim on Parenting

Kid Lit Frenzy

For some fun free downloadable games, puzzles, and coloring sheets based on TRUCK STOP, please visit the Activity Sheets section of my website here!

Baked Buttermilk Donuts (inspired by TRUCK STOP) 

This recipe is based on this one at Heather’s French Press.  I omitted the nutmeg and used different toppings in place of the cinnamon sugar.  Also I would advise rolling dough out to 1/2″ (instead of 1/4″ as directed) and cutting out donuts with a 3″ cookie cutter or glass and holes with a 1″ cutter.  I love that these are baked instead fried!

Also, I love that you also get donut holes!

Aren;t these cute?  They look like mini profitroles.

Aren’t these cute? They look like mini profiteroles.

Toppings:

White Glaze- just pour about 1/3 – 1/2 cup powdered sugar in a bowl.  Add a little bit of milk at a time and stir.  Keep adding 1/4 teaspoon or so at a time until consistency is opaque but thin enough to pour over donuts.  Decorate with sprinkles, chopped nuts, or shredded coconut.

Chocolate Glaze – Melt chocolate chips (I used about 1/4 for two donuts) in a microwave safe bowl at 20 second intervals.  Watch closely.  Stir until smooth, the coat donuts.

For filled donut:  I used the dough scraps and made a solid donut.  I filled it with raspberry jam and dusted with powdered sugar.

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13 Comments

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13 responses to “TRUCK STOP Book Release and Baked Buttermilk Donuts

  1. Congrats!! The book looks so lovely! As do the donuts. 🙂

  2. Wow, this book looks adorable and yummy! Beautiful donuts, too. Looking forward to the blog tour :).

  3. I’ve borrowed from you!!! my blog…congrats.

    I’ll be showing off the book at the CAREER DAY at my grandson’s elementary school this Friday….speaking to 6 classes of 1st and 2nd graders! 😉

  4. Awww congrats that is so cute 😀
    And those donuts are my baby!

    Cheers
    CCU

  5. It really looks fantastic, have fun and the best of luck with your book and donuts.

  6. i hope i can find it here… in Indonesia. hey how’s everything goin on there? 🙂

  7. Pingback: Truck Stop by Anne Rockwell: Win a Copy Today

  8. WOW those donuts looks beautiful. Good luck with your artist battle!

  9. Reblogged this on Jama's Alphabet Soup and commented:
    Congrats to Anne Rockwell and Melissa Iwai! Can’t wait to see TRUCK STOP, which is officially out today!

  10. Catherine Johnson

    Congrats, that is very cute. And good luck in the competition.

  11. Congratulations for this wonderful book. I’ve had lots of great experiences on road trips stopping at those friendly truck stops-good food of course! Thanks for the donut recipe-will try it!

  12. Enjoy your celebratory donuts! Congratulations. Happy Nesting!

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