Book Reviews, Delicious Desserts

New Year, New Cookbook Review!


Happy New Year, everyone!

What better way to start off a fresh new year than with a great new cookbook brimming with an abundance of new recipes?

I’ve been so excited to write my very first cookbook review — especially since this is a cookbook I am greatly enjoying!

I was immediately drawn to Whitney Miller’s new cookbook, New Southern Table, because fabulous recipes with southern warmth and charm is most definitely a winning combination! Gorgeous photos and heart-warming tales of Ms. Miller’s family traditions are delightfully interwoven throughout the book, giving the reader a genuine taste of true southern hospitality. From classic favorites with a new twist to a toasted coconut cream pie with chocolate and pecans, this wonderful cookbook is sure to become a family favorite! With three of the chapters entitled “Family Suppers“, “Sunday Dinners” and “Company’s Comin’“, I am equally inspired to gather together and re-connect at the family dinner table with loved ones! Menu inspiration is plentiful with recipes such as Smoked Brisket, Olive Oil Biscuits, Sweet Potato Cornbread and Sweet Corn Grits. Ms. Miller’s dessert selection is a chapter that is near and dear to my heart! (as well as my sweet tooth!) Her Brownie Cookies are moist, rich and chocolaty — but wait, there’s more! As if this cookie recipe wasn’t already amazing on its own, it can be delightfully transformed into not one, but two Mississippi Mudd Pies that are sheer bliss! I found the recipe for two 9″ pies to perfectly encompass the tradition of southern charm — one for you, and another to share!

Whitney Miller has graciously shared her Brownie Cookie recipe on her lovely website — I’m sure you will also enjoy reading more about her!

I made the brownie cookie recipe this week — need I say more? I think the chocolate picture speaks volumes!


I also made her recipe for Mississippi Mudd Pie which can be found in her new cookbook — page 262 in case you are already on your way to buy it — which I highly recommend!

Another picture that speaks volumes …

A piece of that wonderful pie!







  1. I remember watching that first season of Master Chef and seeing Whitney win. It’s so nice to her continued success! Great cookbook review!

    1. Thank you so much! 🙂 Yes, I am really enjoying her new cookbook … it has a really nice variety of delicious recipes.

  2. That looks like a bowl full of happiness! The pie looks good too! 😉 You are the second person to recommend this book. That does it! I’ll order it today:) Cute post Anna!

    1. Thanks, Sadie! Yes, that was definitely a bowl full of happiness! 😉 I think you would really enjoy the book, Sadie! So many recipes I want to try!

      1. We could do them together!

        1. Yes! Absolutely! 😀

    1. I know … it was so yummy! I kept going back for “one more bite” … 😉

  3. What a lovely review Anna! Sounds like a wonderful cookbook! Yumm the recipes you made look so good! Thanks for sharing this book!

    1. Thank you, dear Lynn! Big hugs! xo

      1. I love the review it was perfect Anna! hugs xo

        1. Thank you, sweet Lynn! Love and huge hugs! xoxo

          1. Thanks dearest! huge hugs back xxx

  4. That sounds like my kind of cookbook! That chocolate looks amazing Anna! I have my favorite cookbooks that I use over and over and I can’t tell you how many I’ve given away. Great review.

    1. Thank you so much, Julie! Yes, that chocolate was pretty amazing — it was hard to keep from tasting it all the time while I made the pie crusts! 😉

      1. Well Anna, you had to make sure that it wasn’t going bad right? 🙂

        1. Exactly! And it needed to be the precise temperature for the crust. 😉 And I’m pretty sure no one noticed (cough, cough) that one pie was a little shorter. I had plenty of whipped cream, so it’s all good. 😉

          1. I’ve had that happen too. No one ever said they didn’t want a piece because the crust wasn’t perfect. Bring on the whipped cream!

          2. Exactly! Lol. 🙂

  5. Drool worthy photos and a lovely review!!! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Marisa! 🙂

  6. Anna, thanks so much for this lovely post. I definitely will look into Whitneys’ cookbook. It sounds like I will thoroughly enjoy her recipes…..The pic’s look so divine 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, dear Lynne! 🙂 Her cookbook has a lovely variety of recipes. I hope you are doing well, my friend!

      1. Pleasure Anna. Yes, thanks, all is well on my side. You mentioned you had not had snow, but it is still frosty there, how lovely. 🙂 I would love that, and such a change from the weather we are experiencing. My hubby is back at work today, so life around my household can get back to normal hahaha xxx

        1. So glad to hear you are are doing well, dear Lynne! You’re weather sounds so lovely, too … is it very warm there? 🙂

      2. Sorry was unable to respond to your last message as no ‘reply’ option (weird) …It is very hot here, and worst is the humidity. We are in for a bit of rain, so that will be nice, just to cool things down a bit

        1. That’s weird — I wonder why there was no reply option? Hopefully, this will come through. 🙂 Ah yes, I see what you mean, rain sounds very refreshing! 😉

  7. That Mississippi Mud Pie looks absolutely amazing!! x

    1. Thank you, Sarah! It was a delicious pie to make! 😀

  8. Wonderful review, Anna! Gorgeous pie too!

    1. Thank you so much, dear Lana! The pie recipe was fantastic! I kept going back to sneak bites. 😉

      1. I would have been sneaking right with you, Anna…looks scrumptious!

        1. We would have a lot of fun sneaking pie together, dear Lana! 😉

          1. Oh we sure would, Sweet Anna! This makes me smile ♥

          2. This makes me smile, too, dear Lana! 🙂

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