Comfort Food

Comfort Food

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by Kate Jacobs

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"Shortly before turning the big 5-0, boisterous party planner and Cooking with Gusto! personality Augusta "Gus" Simpson finds herself planning a birthday party she'd rather not - her own. She's getting tired of being the hostess, the mother hen, the woman who has to plan her own birthday party. What she needs is time on her own with enough distance to give her loved…  See more details below


"Shortly before turning the big 5-0, boisterous party planner and Cooking with Gusto! personality Augusta "Gus" Simpson finds herself planning a birthday party she'd rather not - her own. She's getting tired of being the hostess, the mother hen, the woman who has to plan her own birthday party. What she needs is time on her own with enough distance to give her loved ones the ingredients to put together successful lives without her." Assisted by a handsome up-and-coming chef, Oliver, Gus invites a select group to take an on-air cooking class. But instead of just preaching to the foodie masses, she will teach regular people how to make rich, sensuous meals - real people making real food. Gus decides to bring a vibrant cast of friends and family on the program: Sabrina, her fickle daughter; Troy, Sabrina's ex-husband; Anna, Gus's timid neighbor; and Carmen, Gus's pompous and beautiful competitor at the Cooking Channel. And when she begins to have more than collegial feelings for her sous-chef, Gus realizes that she might be able to rejuvenate not just her professional life, but her personal life as well.

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"Gus Simpson adored birthday cake. Chocolate, coconut, lemon, strawberry, vanilla -- she had a particular fondness for the classics. Even though she experimented with new flavors and frostings, drizzlings with syrups and artfully arranging hibiscus petals. Gus more often took the retro route with piped-on flowers or a flash of candy sprinkles across the iced top. Because birthday cake was really about nostalgia, she knew, about reaching in and using the senses to remember one perfect childhood moment." The first words of Kate Jacobs's novel establish the power of food to evoke memories and bring people together. But Comfort Food isn't all sugary icing. As Cooking Channel star Augusta "Gus" Simpson contemplates her fast-approaching 50th birthday, she realizes that she faces scary risks in her plans to rejuvenate her life. A smoothly themed follow-up to The Friday Night Knitting Club.

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4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)
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Praise for Knit the Season

“The spirit of the season permeates every page as the women knit their way through the family trials and tribulations of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s, and an unforgettable wedding.” —USA Today

“Comforting, heartwarming…Curling up with a Friday Night Knitting Club novel is like visiting with old friends…This holiday entry is sure to please fans and leave them hungry for the next installment.” —Booklist

“More than a few craft-lovers will find this yarn under their tree.” —BookPage

“[Gives readers a] warm, fuzzy feeling.” —Family Circle

“Jacobs’s prose is pleasant, and she smoothly juggles all the story lines.” —Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Knit Two

“Jacobs stitches together another winning tale…As comforting, enveloping, and warm as a well-crafted afghan.” —Publishers Weekly

“Fans [will] eagerly snuggle in to see how the friends piece together their knitting projects while finding solace in one another’s company.” —People

“As warming and cheering as visiting old friends.” —Booklist

“Fans of Debbie Macomber’s Blossom Street series will find much to enjoy here.” —Library Journal

“Reflects the relationships among women in real life.” —The Omaha World-Herald

“For legions of readers awaiting a reunion with their friends from the bestselling novel The Friday Night Knitting Club...Kate Jacobs’s warmhearted sequel, Knit Two, is certain to be a cozy companion on a blustery winter night.” —BookPage

Praise for The Friday Night Knitting Club
#1 New York Times bestseller!

“If you are looking for an inviting group of gals to spend a few winter evenings with, pull up your afghan (you knitted it yourself, right?) and snuggle in...Reads like Steel Magnolias set in Manhattan.” —USA Today

“An absolutely beautiful, deeply moving portrait of female friendship. You’ll laugh and cry along with these characters.” —Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Its simplicity and soothing repetition leave room for conversation, laughter, revelations and friendship.” —Detroit Free-Press

“It’s all here—dating, love, motherhood, career, estrangement, death and, especially, friendships that span generations…[A] quick, fun, poignant yarn.” —The Seattle Times

“A Steel Magnolias for the twenty-first century.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Impossible to put down.” —Booklist

“Readers will come to root for nearly everyone.” —Concord (NH) Monitor

“[The Friday Night Knitting Club] evolves into an unbreakable sisterhood as the characters learn from each other’s differences and bond over their love of knitting.” —Vogue Knitting

“It’s easy to forget that the characters aren’t your friends…But before you realize your emotional vulnerability, Jacobs does something unexpected—she changes things up, and it goes from being a good book to being a really great story.” —Marie Claire

“An urban counterpart to How to Make an American Quilt.” —New Statesman

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Comfort Food 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading The Friday Night Knitting Club and loving it, I had to read this one also. I waited a long time for this one at my library and then 'pulled the bookmark' after 60 pages. Gus was 50? I felt like she was more like 70 in her demeanor and the way she dressed. It was boring and poorly written in my opinion. If she's writing another one I hope it'll be a big improvement over this one. This is why I don't buy books and why I borrow them from the library -- so I can return them and not feel guilty that I didn't finish a book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a terrible read and not to be recommended - the characters are shallow and formulaic and the plot line is non-existent. An ultimately forgettable read - save yourself time and money and avoid this book entirely -it is not worth picking up, even less so reading it.
bookgirl411 More than 1 year ago
On the cusp of 50, Gus Simpson, a celebrated Food Network host, is about to ¿reinvent¿ herself, much to her dismay. Her cooking show ratings are dropping and the new producer decides to take the show in a different direction, spice it up a bit, with the diva of all diva cooks, Carmen Vega. Carmen, is a former Miss Spain and tends to forget she¿s in America, and Americans don¿t care that she was Miss Spain. Oh, but they¿ll never forget, if Carmen has anything to do with it.
Gus, accidentally brings her entire extended family, people who¿s paths otherwise would never have crossed, onto a filming of the new show and viewers love it. This unlikely pack of friends and family come together, in a hilarious comedy of errors, making the show a hit and giving Gus the second wind she needs for the second half of her life.

I made the mistake of absolutely loving Kate Jacobs first novel, The Friday Night Knitting Club, and having high expectations for this second novel. In the end it did not disappoint, however, it took a good 100 pages to grab my interest and persuade me to keep going, hoping it would get better; and indeed it did. However, I was getting a little worried. In the end this was a delightful book with a wonderful unexpected ending. The characters where folks next door and from each of our own lives. People we know, have known or could be ourselves. Please pick up this book and have a wonderful read.
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I have read Ms Jacobs' other works and find them moving from fun and entertaining to something that seems to have been written quickly for a sitcom. I really did enjoy Friday Night Knitting Club.
MHH66 More than 1 year ago
I enjoy Kate Jacobs and this was my 3rd book from her. This book had a Julia Child like character mixed with Martha Stewart. The book is an easy read, was fun and entertaining. I LOVED reading this and would recommend it to anyone. This is a great rainy day story and I hope Kate writes more like this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story that celebrates food and freindship. What more can I say? A fabulous book from the author of Friday Night Knitting Club makes for great book club material. Interesting characters with lots of dilemmas to dish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fab, Fab fab. Fun and Funny. Playful and addictive.
bravewarrior More than 1 year ago
CD/Unabridged: This is my first Kate Jacobs book and it was fun. It's about a woman who just turned 50 and is the perky host of a cable cooking show. Think Paula Dean, only thinner. She is a widow with two daughters when her professional life falls apart. Her show is in jeopardy of getting the boot when a Spanish internet host joins her show: think Penelope Cruz. There is a wide cast of characters including the bald, handsome producer, disgraced ex-tennis player neighbor, daughter's boyfriend still in the picture, and group counselor. I found most of the book enjoyable with the right amount of drama and tension mixed with comedy and lilt. The best part is Oliver stuck in the elevator by himself. The narrator, Barbara Rosenblat, does a great job with the different voices and accents. I had to slow down my listening because I didn't want it to end. I do recommend this and a good summertime read.
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I heard great things about her first book, but after reading this one, I don't even want to attempt her first book, "Friday Night Knitting Club." The story never grabbed my attention. All the characters were immature & unprofessional & I don't see how they ever got a show in the first place. It was poorly written with no plot, & the dialogue atrocious (one thing that really bothered me for some reason was that the characters kept saying "stellar" over and over). I had to force myself to finish the book, and the ending was very predictable. There was way too much melodrama for me to say anything good about this book. Overall one of the most disappointing books I've read.
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Cheshire56 More than 1 year ago
Ms. Jacobs characters are so delightful and real. You feel like you're right on the set of Gus kitchen. The food that is prepared sounds delicious and easy to prepare. This book would make a pleasant holiday take along. You should read The Friday Night Knitting Club for certain. I plan to purchase Knit Two on my next foray.
momoftwinsMM More than 1 year ago
I actually enjoyed the characters in this novel better than the ones in the Friday Night Knitting Club. Kate Jacobs creates characters who are loveable and I was rooting for them the whole way. I loved that the happy endings were not the expected endings and that characters were really developed throughout. The plot itself was slightly harried, and I found the idea of the jumbled up mess of a cooking show slightly unbelievable. However, if you look at the cooking channel today...this might be the norm!
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