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Comfort Food (and a giveaway)!

April 21, 2008

Comfort FoodOne of the most fun aspects of book blogging is to be able to participate in and/or host book giveaways. Is there anything more wonderful for a reader to open their mailbox and find a free book inside?

So when a gentleman from Penguin Group e-mailed me with an offer to send me an ARC of Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs and a bunch of cute canvas tote bags for a giveaway, how could I resist?

Comfort Food is the new book from Jacobs. I read her debut book, The Friday Night Knitting Club (you can read my review here) for my book club and we were even able to chat with Jacobs during our meeting. She was a most gracious person, answering all of our questions about her book while looking for her lost luggage at the airport! I was really happy to get her newest book, Comfort Food, from her publisher and dived right in.

Comfort Food is the story of Augusta Simpson, Gus for short, who’s been the host of “Cooking with Gusto” on the CookingChannel for twelve years. Her show has been steadily loosing viewers and as a last ditch effort by the President of the channel to save the program, Gus ends up having to share her show with the new “Foodie Queen” and former Miss Spain, Carmen Vega. New to the food television world, Carmen is not too pleased to be a co-host and not have her own show, while Gus feels that the show will lose integrity with the new live format.  

In addition to her career worries, Gus also feels that she still needs to be mother hen for her two twenty something daughters, wants to help her former tennis star turned recluse neighbor Hannah and now begins to have feelings for her new culinary producer Oliver.

As I found with Jacobs first novel, Comfort Food has a great array of characters. At first Gus comes off as a snobby Martha Stewart-ish control freak and her new co-host as a whiny “what’s in it for me” beauty queen, but as with her other book, Jacobs develops these characters well and I really enjoyed how each women matured and changed within the story. Often times funny and sometimes touching, Comfort Food is all together a really well written book. Unlike The Friday Night Knitting Club, this book didn’t have the shocking ending that the first one had (just figured I would mention that Eva, as I know you weren’t too happy with that)! Already her first novel has been optioned for a movie and I wouldn’t be surprised if Comfort Food follows in its footsteps. 

I also love the fact that the author has hit upon two of my favorite things – knitting and cooking! I wonder what’s next (dare I hope a novel about book blogging)? 😉

tote bags 001Now for the giveaway: All you have to do is leave a comment here by midnight EST time on Wednesday, April 30th and you will be automatically entered to be one of five people to win a cute canvas tote bag (click on the image to view larger). Just think of all the books you could fit in one of these when you head to the used book sale at your local library! In addition, one of those five people will also get the advance reader copy of Comfort Food!  For an even better chance to win, post about this contest on your own blog (linking back to this post) and your name will be entered twice! If you aren’t one of the lucky winners, then make sure to get a copy of Comfort Food at your local bookstore once it is released on May 6th. Good luck!

I also want to mention that Dewey is hosting a weekly blogging challenge called Weekly Geeks. Already there are a bunch of participants signed up (myself included). Stop by and take a peek!

97 Comments leave one →
  1. chanknits permalink
    April 21, 2008 1:45 pm

    What a great contest! I’m eager to read the book. It sounds great. Your reviews are very helpful!

  2. April 21, 2008 1:47 pm

    Great Contest! Sounds like an interesting book. Please enter me. Thanks!

  3. April 21, 2008 2:17 pm

    Oh, enter me please! Thanks!

  4. April 21, 2008 2:48 pm

    Sign me up! I could use a good sturdy tote.

  5. April 21, 2008 2:59 pm

    Pick me! 🙂 I loved her first book

  6. April 21, 2008 2:59 pm

    I am all about comfort food. I heard about FRIDAY NIGHT KNITTING CLUB, both good and bad, mostly the ending caused the ruckus. This sounds more me.
    That said, I would like to be entered into your drawing, please.

  7. April 21, 2008 3:00 pm

    That sounds terrific. I am crossing everything in the hopes of winning!

  8. April 21, 2008 3:28 pm

    Sign me up please and thank-you!

    Good luck everyone!

  9. April 21, 2008 4:00 pm

    Pick Me! Pick Me!! 🙂
    I haven’t read The Friday Night Knitting Club yet but since I love the Food Network and my sister is a trained chef we’d get good use out of it.

  10. Swapna Krishna permalink
    April 21, 2008 4:29 pm

    I’d love to be entered, I REALLY want to read this book and that tote bag is adorable! Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. April 21, 2008 4:31 pm

    I am reviewing this book tomorrow! I didn’t get any totebags though! I would love to be entered for just the tote bag.

  12. April 21, 2008 5:18 pm

    How fun. And this book really does sound like your kind of read! (Mine, too.) I’ve heard great things about both books. Not that I need to add anymore to my stack, but go ahead. Count me in. 🙂

  13. April 21, 2008 5:31 pm

    Cool contest! I love reading all of your book reviews 🙂

  14. Linda permalink
    April 21, 2008 5:46 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful book. Please count me in!

  15. April 21, 2008 5:52 pm

    Ooh, I didn’t know she was going to have a new book so quickly! Thanks for posting about it! I really enjoyed Friday Night Knitting Club. I’m off to post about this on my blog….. 😉

  16. pearl permalink
    April 21, 2008 7:15 pm

    What a lovely and delisghtful giveaway. It looks so appealing and unique. Thanks for this chance.

  17. April 21, 2008 7:32 pm

    I got the ARC of this one, but not the tote bags 😦 No fair – they’re cute. Enter me for one of the bags, please!

  18. April 21, 2008 7:49 pm

    Please enter me in the contest. Thanks!

  19. April 21, 2008 9:50 pm

    Would love to be included in the contest!

  20. April 21, 2008 10:23 pm

    I’ve very fond of comfort food so I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

  21. April 21, 2008 10:28 pm

    I’m a fan of both these books and reviewed the ARC copy myself. But I’d love to have the matching totebag – so count me in.

    Great review, by the way. And I like your idea for a novel about book blogging – why not, eh?

  22. April 21, 2008 11:30 pm

    Great review!
    Please add my name to the draw too! 🙂 Thanks.

  23. April 21, 2008 11:31 pm

    I’d love to enter this giveaway! Thanks 😉

  24. fireflynights permalink
    April 22, 2008 3:58 am

    I’ve seen this book mentioned several times on blogs. Looks like it will be a really good read.

  25. April 22, 2008 6:47 am

    Count me in! Thanks!

  26. April 22, 2008 7:46 am

    Oh absolutely put me in! Thanks so much.

  27. April 22, 2008 8:39 am

    Ooh, count me in!

  28. April 22, 2008 10:27 am

    I have her first book and it’s second to next on my list of to reads… maybe I should bump it up to first next! Count me in on the fun!!!

  29. April 22, 2008 10:29 am

    Great contest – I can’t wait to read Kate’s new book and the totes are great!
    I’ve posted a link on my blog today.

  30. April 22, 2008 10:56 am

    Count me in!

  31. Karin permalink
    April 22, 2008 11:25 am

    Count me in! Thank you.

  32. April 22, 2008 11:41 am

    Very much enjoy your blog and your reviews! As for the contest, add my name to the list! Thanks!

  33. April 22, 2008 11:46 am

    Great review…great contest!

  34. April 22, 2008 11:50 am

    Awesome contest! I’d love to be entered 🙂

  35. Heather permalink
    April 22, 2008 12:00 pm

    That sounds like a great book. Thanks for the contest too!

  36. Mary Lou permalink
    April 22, 2008 12:16 pm

    Wow, great contect!!! Please pick me – I’m a knitter and use totes all of the time. It’s great to carry a knitting project and book.

  37. April 22, 2008 12:49 pm

    Sounds like a good book and I’d love to be entered. I’ll make a note of it at my blog.

  38. April 22, 2008 1:46 pm

    This sounds like a great “comfort” read and aren’t those tote bags cute!
    Count me in 🙂

  39. Joelle C. permalink
    April 22, 2008 2:09 pm

    Sounds fantastic!
    I would love to enter this giveaway! 🙂

  40. April 22, 2008 5:20 pm

    What a great idea for a contest. I’ve still got Friday Night Knitting Club on my TBR list.

  41. trish permalink
    April 22, 2008 5:23 pm

    I’d love to be entered for the tote! (I already have the ARC…) 🙂

  42. April 22, 2008 5:28 pm

    Am I disqualified since we’re friends??

  43. April 22, 2008 5:29 pm


  44. April 22, 2008 5:48 pm

    Wow…I can’t wait for the book to be released! Sounds really wonderful.

  45. Bonnie permalink
    April 22, 2008 6:07 pm

    What a great idea! I read Friday night Knitting Club and liked it and definitely want to read this one!


  46. April 22, 2008 7:41 pm

    u have me hooked, I will post about this on my blog!!

  47. April 22, 2008 8:58 pm

    How fun! I loved her first book. Food, knitting, reading, please count me in for a chance at a prize!

  48. Jackie permalink
    April 22, 2008 9:42 pm

    What a perfect contest for me! I LOVE to read!

  49. April 22, 2008 9:54 pm

    Mmmmm, comfort food. Sounds like a great hide in bed and read all Saturday type of book. Count me in!

  50. April 22, 2008 10:23 pm

    Please enter me in your contest. I just finished FNKC and love Kate’s writing style! I can’t wait to read this one!!!!

  51. April 22, 2008 11:03 pm

    I love contests! Please enter me! The book sounds good, and I love totes! 🙂


  52. April 23, 2008 1:47 am

    I’m so glad to hear you liked her first book. I always look at it when I go to the store, but I never pick it up because I just wasn’t sure. Now I’ll put in on my list for sure.

    Oh, and I DEF want to be considered for the drawing. Love canvas bags and LOVE free books 🙂

  53. April 23, 2008 4:20 am

    Sounds like an interesting idea for a novel – great contest too – count me in 🙂

  54. April 23, 2008 6:04 am

    I have finally been able to get The Friday Night Knitting Club book on audio, only way to commute to work in the NO VA area on the Capital Beltway. Books are my passion but now I only have the time to listen. Still have my original Nancy Drew books from the 50’s.
    I have posted your contest on my blog.
    thank You

  55. April 23, 2008 12:23 pm

    Count me in! I’m actually reading The Friday Night Knitting Club right now.

  56. April 23, 2008 2:30 pm

    Oooh what a fabulous giveaway, and that looks and sounds like a great book!

    I’d love to be entered for a chance to win, and I’ll definaltly have to check out that book!

    Yay, new spring/summer reading 🙂

  57. April 23, 2008 4:24 pm

    Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity! The book sounds delightful! I’m always looking for new and inspiring reads!

  58. April 23, 2008 6:17 pm

    Please enter me! Ya know, even saying and thinking about “comfort food” is so comforting….

  59. April 23, 2008 10:19 pm

    I love the bags!! I usually destroy mine with the weight of the books I carry! How cool….sign me up please!

  60. Judy permalink
    April 23, 2008 11:11 pm

    What a great give away! I’ve ordered the book and am anxious to read it.

  61. carol zawislak permalink
    April 24, 2008 7:54 am

    I haven’t read her books before, but they sound fun. Count me in for the contest.

  62. Gina B. permalink
    April 24, 2008 11:31 am

    I loved The Friday Night Knitting Club and can’t wait to read this one!
    Please enter me in your contest.

  63. April 24, 2008 1:03 pm

    I liked your review and now this book is on top of my TBR list. Count me in!

    I’ve blogged it here –

    I’m also having a BOOK GIVEAWAY with a very SPECIAL PRIZE on my blog as well. Hope you’ll stop by.

    callmeabookworm at gmail dot com

  64. April 24, 2008 1:06 pm

    What fun! I’ve heard lots of good things about this one lately, so stick my name in the hopper!

  65. Katiebell permalink
    April 24, 2008 2:25 pm

    I loved the friday night knitting club! Please sign me up for the contest.

  66. Cindi permalink
    April 24, 2008 3:18 pm

    I was not familiar with this author but you make it sound like she writes good books with fascinating characters! The book cover is lovely and so is the tote! Please enter me in your fabulous drawing. I appreciate it…..Thanks,Cindi

  67. April 24, 2008 8:59 pm

    This sounds excellent. I’d love to be entered in the drawing. Thanks!

  68. Kristy Barrett permalink
    April 25, 2008 12:00 am

    i would love to win this book more than I can really explain…Being chronically critically ill books are my only escape from torturous pain, so enter me please!!

  69. April 25, 2008 4:27 pm

    Giveaway? Yeah, I’m in…

  70. April 25, 2008 5:28 pm

    I could always use another tote! I’m in…thanks!

  71. catslady permalink
    April 25, 2008 11:01 pm

    Sounds wonderful – please enter me.

  72. Tara permalink
    April 25, 2008 11:26 pm

    Please count me in. Thank you!!

    taracaspar at yahoo dot com

  73. Teresa Warner permalink
    April 26, 2008 9:42 am

    Sounds great, count me in!

  74. April 26, 2008 9:41 pm

    I would love to be in this draw. I’ve linked it to my blog!

  75. Rita A. permalink
    April 26, 2008 10:47 pm

    This sounds like a great book. I love the cover art. Thanks.

  76. April 26, 2008 11:51 pm

    Like I need another book. But, it sounds good, so please add my name. 🙂

  77. April 27, 2008 7:40 pm

    The book looks good and the tote is a automatic want for me!! I love totes and I have posted an entry on my blog about the give away!

  78. Lindsie permalink
    April 28, 2008 10:37 am

    This sounds like a great read! My reading pile is getting very short!

  79. April 28, 2008 12:13 pm

    I could totally use this!!! Thank you so much for this chance!!! 🙂

  80. April 28, 2008 7:24 pm

    Whoa, look at all these comments! I probably have no chance, but I’d love to give it a try! I use those sort of bags for my grocery shopping.

  81. Ilissa H. permalink
    April 29, 2008 12:24 am

    I’d love to enter your giveaway. I could always use another tote. Unfortunately I cannot gain another entry because I haven’t started up my blog yet. Thanks for the chance. I’d really love a copy of the book, it looks great!

  82. April 29, 2008 6:08 am

    I posted before I’m not sure that it went through! 🙂

  83. April 29, 2008 6:17 am

    I guess it didn’t! Well, I have to say this giveaway looks awesome! Please enter me! =) I also have a very new, kinda ugly blog, that I’ll use to post about your giveaway!

    Thanks a ton! =D

  84. April 29, 2008 1:09 pm

    sign me up as well.. the book sounds interesting!:)

  85. April 30, 2008 6:27 am

    Sounds great! Sign me up please as well if it’s not too late 🙂

  86. April 30, 2008 4:41 pm

    I’d love to be entered if I’m not too late!

  87. May 1, 2008 9:20 pm

    This comment is so late, but I just wanted to say thanks for the shout-out! hehe Since there’s no sucker-punch ending, I’ll put this on the TBR list. 🙂

    And a novel about book blogging?! Stephanie-that’s brilliant! Run with it. 😀

  88. Karla permalink
    March 12, 2009 7:33 pm

    I have chosen Knit Two for our Book Club to read, so Kate and all this fun is new to me.
    Please make me a winner. 🙂


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