Winter has been so reluctant to let go its grip this year, and I rose this morning to leaden skies and snow flurries dotting the air. But you needn’t fear, for the heat has been turned on, there’s (always!) fresh coffee brewing, and I’ve just dished up a ham and swiss cheese frittata that smells heavenly. Come in, and welcome to the Sunday Salon.
Forgive me if I’m still yawning, for last night was one of those nights when sleep was troubled by nagging worries. I found myself up at 3:30 a.m., wrapped in a soft blanket, indulging in Comfort Food -edible and literal. You see, my usual comfort food remedy for middle-of-the-night wakefulness is a hot cup of cocoa, and cinnamon toast. Add a good book into the mix, and I can usually lull myself back to sleep.
And last night’s reading was, quite literally, Comfort Food, a new novel by Kate Jacobs, author of The Friday Night Knitting Club (a book I enjoyed immensely last year even though I don’t know a thing about knitting!) Imagine my excitement when I received an ARC of Comfort Food which centers around cooking, an activity in which I have more than a perfunctory interest.
I must admit, for comfort reading there’s nothing I love more than a big sprawling story about a strong female character, her friends, family, and life in general. The Friday Night Knitting Club had every one of those qualities, and the writing was taut, with strong, well developed characters and believable situations.
Comfort Food is created from this same recipe, and features Gus Simpson, hostess of a popular televsion cooking show, on the eve of her 50th birthday. Gus is the quintessential mother hen, the woman who can fix anything with equal measures of aplomb- from her daughter’s love lives, to a fallen souffle. But her approaching birthday has Gus rethinking her life, and a shake up at the network forces her to put her rejuvenation plans into high gear. What emerges are some delicious changes for Gus as well as for her family and friends.
It was a good novel for a kind of worrisome weekend. I’m not sure if the writing was quite up the standards of Ms. Jacobs’ first novel, and sometimes I felt the characters and situations were a bit contrived. But is was a good read – a comforting kind of book. And worries always appear a bit brighter in the light of day, don’t they?
Hmm, I’ve just noticed Ms. Jacobs is appearing at my neighborhood Borders on May 14 -maybe I’ll stop by and say hello (smiles).
Meanwhile, it’s time for another cup of coffee, and a perusal of bookstack to see what’s next.
What do you think?