Comfort Food is a fun novel by Kate Jacobs, author of the bestselling Friday Night Knitting Club. The main character is Augusta “Gus” Simpson who is a well-known hostess and has her own show on the Cooking Channel. After being the top dog for years, her ratings are slipping and the producers want to pair her with an up and coming new Cooking Channel star. Carmen Vega is a former Miss Spain and a decidedly ambitious diva. She and Gus constantly butt heads and their debut live show seems headed for disaster when their guest stars can’t show up.
Quick thinking Gus quickly grabs a motley crew of friends and family in the audience to help her and Carmen cook on air. There are her two slightly dysfunctional daughters, Sabrina and Aimee and Sabrina’s ex-boyfriend Troy. There is Oliver, an ex-financial wizard turned chef and Hannah, an ex-tennis star turned recluse. The mixture of these crazy personalities produces chemistry on air and the show becomes a hit. The rest of the book is a madcap story about what ensues.
Full of yummy descriptions of gourmet meals, Comfort Food is a feast for the senses. The plot has some twists and turns and some of the characters are just plain zany. I loved the relationships between such a different personalities and how they interact. There’s some romance thrown in there and a twist on who gets the girl. It was an altogether enjoyable light read. It is good for reading on the beach or near the pool this summer. If you’re looking for a great escape without the calories, try Comfort Food.