Lynette Rice
May 02, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Comfort Food

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Kate Jacobs
publisher
Putnam
genre
Fiction

We gave it a C-

Kate Jacobs, author of The Friday Night Knitting Club, returns with Comfort Food, the excruciatingly predictable tale of 50-year-old TV chef Augusta ”Gus” Simpson, who begins to question her worth when the network hires young model Carmen Vega to revitalize her show. Gus retaliates by bringing in her bickering friends and family, which boosts ratings. Unsurprisingly, Gus triumphs in the end — at work and in the bedroom, no less! But that’s not as painful as Jacobs’ decision to drop real celeb cooks into this mess: Ina Garten, a.k.a. Barefoot Contessa, turns ”her program into a musical, sharing recipes set to lyric and score.” The horror! C-

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