Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Review: COUNTRY HEAVEN COOKBOOK: Family Recipes & Remembrances by Ava Miles

If you like The Pioneer Woman or Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove Cookbook, then you’ll like this special cookbook/memoir.
Former chef and USA Today Bestselling Author, Ava Miles, has assembled the COUNTRY HEAVEN COOKBOOK filled with tantalizing recipes, down home wit, Southern charm, and sweet remembrances about her own grandmother and her fictional character’s reflections from her novel, COUNTRY HEAVEN. Ava’s cookbook serves up a feast of scrumptious, soul-satisfying, cowboy-approved comfort food for the whole family. Included here are recipes for her famous spongy cornbread, decadent gingerbread waffles, and her family’s chocolate chip pie. It’s a fun hodgepodge of Southern cuisine and family farm recipes.
Readers have enjoyed the scrumptious recipes Ava wrote for COUNTRY HEAVEN so much that she wanted to share them all together in a cookbook with some extra family recipes NOT included in the book. The cookbook entries describe her heroine’s reflections about her grandmother, who taught her to cook, and Ava’s reflections about her grandma as well, who made food come alive for her.
This companion to COUNTRY HEAVEN, the first book in her new Dare River series set in the South, is connected to her bestselling small town Dare Valley series that started with the#1 National Bestseller, NORA ROBERTS LAND.

I'm always on the lookout for cookbooks that have recipes that are easy to make and don't have a lot of fancy ingredients that are hard to find.

In Country Heaven Cookbook: Family Recipes & Remembrances, readers are treated to simple but delicious sounding recipes that they can try at home. There's also an excerpt from Country Heaven at the end of the book.

In terms of ingredients, most of the recipes use ingredients that you can find at any supermarket. The instructions are pretty simple too, with instructions for some only taking up a paragraph or so.

Of the recipes I saw in the book, there were three that I wanted to try: Truck Driver Pancakes, Tory's Chocolate Chip Pie, and Tory's Creamy Vegetable Sauce. The Truck Driver Pancakes sound easy and delicious, but my family and I don't really eat a lot of pancakes. The Tory's Creamy Vegetable Sauce, on the other hand, I liked because it sounds like something my family can enjoy. As for Tory's Chocolate Chip Pie, the recipe sounds easy enough, but again, my family and I aren't fond of pecans so I'll probably have to modify that.

Thanks to NetGalley and Aspendawn Books for the e-copy.


  1. The recipes don't use a lot of hard-to-find ingredients.
  2. The recipes look easy to do.
  3. The table of contents contains links to the recipes.


  1. It would have been nice if there had been more recipes.

So if you're in need of comfort food, chocolate with your pie, or you want to shut someone up - this pie is for you. 

  1. You like home cooking.
  2. You like easy recipes.
  3. You are looking for recipes that don't use a lot of fancy ingredients. 



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