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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (May 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399154655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739496404
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #855,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Jacobs follows The Friday Night Knitting Club with another multigenerational tale, this time on the foodie circuit. Popular Cooking with Gusto! host Augusta Gus Simpson, a widowed mother of two adult daughters who's about to turn 50, is tiring of her many obligations, which include throwing an annual birthday bash for herself. That trial pales, however, in comparison with the introduction of saucy former beauty queen and YouTube star Carmen Vega as Gus's cohost: Carmen is younger, hotter and very tight with the boss. It's soon apparent on the set that this new situation isn't working, so the two are packed off, along with a forgettable cast of secondaries, to a corporate team-building weekend, complete with New Age guide. When the resort's head chef calls in sick, a team-building opportunity presents itself. Jacobs gives Gus a reasonable love interest and provides the requisite bickering and backstabbing, but the foodie moments lack passion, and the results yield no stars. (May)
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From Booklist

Jacobs’ follow-up to The Friday Night Knitting Club (2006), also available from Blackstone Audio, features a widowed 50-year-old woman who is a host on a television food show and facing competition from a younger star. Rosenblat infuses the somewhat clichéd prose and characters with tension, warmth, and humor. Drawing on years of experience and a veritable magic bag of accents and vocal tones, Rosenblat expertly discerns all the characters. Reading in a breezy pace, she uses a nasal voice for kooky friend Hannah; introspective and self-doubting tones for leading lady “Gus;” and a spicy, dramatic accent for villainess Carmen, among others. The story goes down as easy as a scoop of vanilla ice cream with Rosenblat adding the syrup, whipped cream, and cherry. A quality production for collections where the earlier title circulated well. --Kaite Mediatore Stover

More About the Author

Kate Jacobs is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Friday Night Knitting Club, Knit Two, Knit the Season, and Comfort Food. She telephones hundreds of book clubs each year to discuss her novels with readers and can be reached via her website at http://www.katejacobs.com.
Born in Canada, Kate now lives in Southern California with her husband Jon and their dog Baxter.

Customer Reviews

I really had a hard time getting through to the end of the book, in fact, I kept asking myself when would I get to the end.
JerseyGirl
Unfortunately, the characters felt a bit too superficial and some of the plot lines too contrived for this to be as interesting as I had hoped.
Linda
I highly recommend this book to anyone who liked her first book or to anyone who just enjoys a great read about food and family and life.
Tyler Hewson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Hewson on May 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was a HUGE fan of Kate Jacobs first book, Friday Night Knitting Club, so I was a little iffy about whether I wanted to read this book at all. Sometimes the second one is not as good as the first, you know? But I bought it and read it in one afternoon straight. It's actually even better than Friday Night--don't want to spoil that ending so I'll just say that this ending is very different--and the characters are just as much fun. It reminded me alot of my own family and there were some romances that were fun and real and not cliche'd. Kate Jacobs also puts in plenty of yummy descriptions of food and cooking that seriously made me hungry as I read it.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who liked her first book or to anyone who just enjoys a great read about food and family and life.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on June 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Kate Jacobs's debut novel, THE FRIDAY NIGHT KNITTING CLUB, was a word-of-mouth bestseller, catching on not only among avid knitters but also among fans of women's literature in general. It's now even set to become a feature film starring Julia Roberts, which will release sometime in 2009.

With her second novel, COMFORT FOOD, Jacobs again delves into the lives and loves of a group of interconnected friends and family. This time, however, the ending is decidedly less weepy and more, well, comforting.

Augusta (Gus) Simpson is a familiar face to millions of Americans. She's the star of the longest-running series on the Cooking Channel, "Cooking with Gusto," and her face adorns not only countless television sets but also her own line of cookware and other household products. But as Gus's fabulous lifestyle (her TV show is filmed out of the spacious kitchen in her Westchester manor home) marches on, so does time --- and Gus is staring 50 squarely in the face. Is it possible that this energetic, hot mama has left her youth behind her?

It seems that Gus's bosses at the Cooking Channel are asking themselves the same questions. With a roster of new, hip television chefs and a handful of new extreme theme programs designed to appeal to ever-younger viewers, perhaps Gus's show seems a little, well, old. Can Gus and her friends at the network figure out a new format that will preserve it from cancellation?

For Gus, the answer to her problems is right under her nose --- at her kitchen table, in fact. When an unexpected cancellation leaves Gus scrambling for show guests, she recruits her friends and family to serve as co-hosts and sous chefs, with humorous, and delicious, results.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Dizziey on July 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Kate Jacob's "Comfort Food" revolved around Gus, a popular TV show host for the Cooking Channel. Despite that Gus's program was the longest running series on the channel, the number of viewers had gone down, and Gus' bosses begin to wonder if Gus is too old for the program. Gus, was afterall in her fifties. In order to spice up her series, Gus was paired with a former beauty pageant from Spain who will join her in her cooking show. Her working life was obviously not going well, and even her personal life was problematic. Gus' two adult daughters were complete opposite of one another. Aimee, an Economist, was serious, studious, and felt she was neglected due to the neediness of her younger sister, Sabrina. Sabrina had commitment problems and despite many engagements, she's still unmarried, and unable to commit to one person. To make her life worse, the producers decided to put her entire family, and a few others (including Sabrina's ex-boyfriend, Gus's friend who is a recluse).

This was an okay read for me. The pace of the book was a little slow for me, The book was fairly well-written, but unfortunately not very engaging and rather predictable too. It wasn't one of those books where you can't put down. If you are a huge fan of Kate Jacob, this may be for you. But if you are looking for a more interesting read, there are definitely better ones out there. Very average!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dani on May 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am now a true follower of Kate Jacobs! I have just finished Comfort Food and I really believe this one is better than the first! And the Friday Night Knitting Club is #1 on the NYTimes Best Sellers list! I do enjoy cooking and am a cooking show fanatic, so it was only natural that I would love this book. MUST READ!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Teresa Burlew on July 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have been trying to get through this book for the past 2 months. What a struggle! I must be honest and tell you all out there that this book is a big bore. I could not regard one of the characters (of which there are too many) with a remote feeling of "like". The author just rambles on and on about NOTHING. Do yourself a favor and pass this book by, don't fall into the trap like I did... I judged the book by the tasty looking cover. Boy, was I wrong! Don't believe the hype about this being a great read. What a disappointment.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By AvidReader817 on May 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I found "Comfort Food" to be funny and engaging, with a well-paced plot and likable characters. I got it in the mail on a Friday and had raced through it by Sunday -- I couldn't put it down!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Diana on August 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have a rule to give any book a chance by reading the first 100 pages. While I loved "Friday Night Knitting Club", I hated the first 100 pages "Comfort Food". It was painful to read for several reasons: it's cliché, slow paced, poor character development, and oh, did I mention cliché? I was bored and rolling my eyes from page 1 to 100. I simply can't recommend this book.
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