Comfort Food, by Kate Jacobs
I requested Comfort Food from my local library after Trish’s pseudo-review of it. (In fact, she blames her inability to review other books on CF’s readability.) I have, of course, seen The Friday Night Knitting Club sitting on the bestseller’s shelf of my local Borders for months. Trish though, made me want to read CF first. I did, even though it took me a while to get into it.In fact, I read The Host and Maps and Legends after starting CF. However, once I got into the rhythm of the thing, I couldn’t put it down. Literally. I stayed up WAY past my bedtime last night finishing it.
Gus, our hero, is a food TV star who has hosted a number of her own shows. As she approaches her fiftieth birthday, she is informed that the ratings are way down on her current show, Cooking with Gusto!, and that she is to be part of a new show with the former Miss Spain. Hilarity, of course, ensues. The story is lovingly weaved by the author. Though the ending is wrapped up tight with a bow, I could tell that Kate Jacobs loved her characters too much to end it any other way.
The writing was charming and, at times, hilarious. I liked the behind-the-scenes feel to the TV show. Most of all, I liked the friendly tone of the novel. (Despite my overall positive reaction to the book, I must mention one pet peeve–everyone is thin!! Even the former tennis star turned junk food addict. I hate that.) CF has no pretentions and will likely appeal to a large (if mostly female) audience. It’s definitely not high brow literary fiction, but I’m okay with that.
Comfort Food, by Kate Jacobs [rating:3]