I recently reviewed Kate Jacobs' novel, Comfort Food, for the April 1 issue of Library Journal. Here's the review, reprinted with permission.
Jacobs, Kate. Comfort Food. Putnam. May 2008. c.352p. ISBN 978-0-399-15465-2. $24.95. F
Jacobs follows her debut novel, The Friday Night Knitting Club, with this much stronger second effort. About to turn 50, Augusta "Gus" Simpson is feeling old. When the ratings of the cooking show she hosts fall, the network owner forces Gus to take on a new producer, a new format, and a new cohost, Carmen Vega, Miss Spain 1999. Despite Carmen's culinary institute degree, Gus is not impressed, and it's dislike at first sight. However, the trial show, thrown together with the assistance of Gus's two daughters, an ex-boyfriend, and the hunky producer, ends up a hit, and suddenly, Gus must nurture this uncooperative group. Jacobs adds a touch of reality by including celebrity chefs such as Rachael Ray. The book's only flaw is the unnecessary addition of a character who wins an appearance on the show. Otherwise, Gus and the show's cast, with their humor, moods, and romance, are the sparks that bring this warm and irresistible story to life. Highly recommended for all public libraries. - Lesa M. Holstine, Glendale P.L., AZ
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As a point of interest, Julia Roberts is set to star in the movie adaptation of Jacobs' first novel, The Friday Night Knitting Club.