Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs

July 9, 2008 at 7:52 am Leave a comment

This is the second book by the author of the Friday Night Knitting Club (which I loved – see this post for proof).

This was a slow starter for me, but once it got going (around page 150) I really got into. I think my problem with the first part was too much setting up of back story – there’s a large cast of characters (sort of like FNKC – all different people thrown together). I did like how she finally told one character’s secret – instead of having the character tell it through flashbacks, she told it to another character who was not familiar with it). There were two good twists – one that I thought was believable and one that stretched credibility a little for me. And I did laugh out loud several times during the book – there are some great lines and I was a little weepy by the end. So what’s this book about?

Well, Augusta “Gus” Simpson is turning 50, and isn’t that thrilled about it. She’s the successful host of a tv cooking show, and has raised two daughters. But then the executives at the Cooking Channel decide her show needs a ratings boost so they bring in Carmen Vega, former Miss Spain, to co-host with her. Gus re-formats her show as an on-air cooking class, bringing together her friends and family. And the fireworks fly. The cast includes her daughter Sabrina, just engaged for the third time; her over serious daughter Aimee; Troy, Sabrina’s ex-boyfriend; Hannah, Gus’s shy neighbor; and Oliver, the new culinary producer.

I had a soft spot for Troy, who grew up on an apple farm in Hood River, Oregon. As that’s near my old stomping grounds. Plus Troy was an ad-exec who quit to open his own business (love his business idea – read the book though).

Anyway this is a story about finding yourself (at any age – it’s a multiple generation cast), friendship, motherhood, and love.

In fact, one theme I noticed that was consistent between FNKC and Comfort Food, was absent fathers. Gus is a widower and how she and the girls handled the death (18 years ago) is a good plot point during an otherwise hilarious (description wise) teambuiliding retreat.

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