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The ingredients: Why can't Gus find time to organise her own birthday party? Because shes too busy sorting out the problems of her friends and family; it seems everyone is facing a career challenge or a romantic dilemma. The recipe: A series of Sunday suppers (televised, of course) that show real people making real food. And over delicious dishes, relaxed chat and a few bottles of wine, her guests find they have nourished their souls as well as tempting their tastebuds. Comfort food. A celebration of life itself. www.comfortfoodnovel.com

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780340922200
ISBN-10: 0340922206
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 166mm x 26mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Hodder Paperback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publish Date: 5-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

US Kirkus Review » The lives and loves of a TV chef, her daughters, neighbor and associates all receive a makeover in this lighthearted but sometimes sagging romantic problem-solver.Jacobs (The Friday Night Knitting Club, 2007) turns to the subject of food on television. Widowed control-freak and mother of two Gus Simpson, approaching 50, has been a star of the CookingChannel for 12 years with her show Cooking with Gusto! But now, under pressure to improve her drooping ratings, she finds herself sharing a new program - Eat Drink and Be - filmed in her own kitchen, with pushy Carmen Vega, a ruthlessly ambitious ex-Miss Spain. Helping out on the live program are Gus's adult daughters Sabrina and Aimee, her neighbor Hannah (a reclusive journalist with a disgraced sporting past), one of Sabrina's ex-boyfriends and Oliver, the show's attractive producer. In a rather slack middle section, the story gets diverted down multiple paths, involving career, family, finance and relationships, while dodging from one mini-crisis or set piece to the next: a kitchen fire, a teambuilding weekend, a bride with extreme wedding nerves. But late in the day, Jacobs marshals her occasionally tepid characters, cuts back on the life philosophy, connects various predictable dots (and one or two less predictable ones) and delivers a slew of happy endings.Not quite as satisfying as the title would lead us to expect. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Kate Jacobs

Kate Jacobs left her native Canada to earn a graduate degree at New York University and made her home in Manhattan for a decade, where she worked at Redbook, Working Woman, Family Life and LifetimeTV.com. Currently she lives in Southern California with her husband. To find out more about her novel, visit Kates website at www.katejacobsbooks.com.

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