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3.08 out of 53.08 out of 53.08 out of 53.08 out of 53.08 out of 5 3.08 (12 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate Jacobs Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9781436219945
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In this smart, delicious novel by the bestselling author of The Friday Night Knitting Club, a celebrity chef shows her friends and family the joy of fulfillment—and manages to spice up her own life at the same time.

Shortly before turning the big 5-0, boisterous party planner and Cooking with Gusto! personality Augusta “Gus” Simpson finds herself planning a birthday party she’d rather not—her own. She’s getting tired of being the hostess, the mother hen, the woman who has to plan her own birthday party. What she needs is time on her own with enough distance to give her loved ones the ingredients to put together successful lives without her.

Assisted by a handsome up-and-coming chef, Oliver, Gus invites a select group to take an on-air cooking class. But instead of just preaching to the foodie masses, she will teach regular people how to make rich, sensuous meals—real people making real food. Gus decides to bring a vibrant cast of friends and family on the program: Sabrina, her fickle daughter; Troy, Sabrina’s ex-husband; Anna, Gus’s timid neighbor; and Carmen, Gus’s pompous and beautiful competitor at the Cooking Channel. And when she begins to have more than collegial feelings for her sous chef, Gus realizes that she might be able to rejuvenate not just her professional life, but her personal life as well …

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristen | 5/24/2011

    " I was a little disappointed in this one (The Friday Night Knitting Club was so much better). The story line was weak and some of the characters weren't developed enough for me to care about them. This one is definitely not making it to my permanent bookshelf. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geraldine | 5/14/2011

    " it was an okay book. some parts took longer to read than others. put i did love how successful the main character became "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 5/4/2011

    " I loved this book! I especially liked the relationship of the two daughters, who seem very much like my young granddaughters. I would definitely recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 4/27/2011

    " A nice little read about a food network star (totally fictional but none-the-less fun). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 4/24/2011

    " I keep hoping she'll write about these characters again! Great story line and real characters! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tonya | 4/17/2011

    " slow to start but had a great middle. lots of conflict and complex characters. however, the ending was quite rushed. like good food, a book is to be savored at the finish. not one of those for sure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridget | 4/4/2011

    " I liked it - I didn't guess the end correctly which makes it better. Really, 3.5 stars instead of just 3. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 4/4/2011

    " A widow with 2 daughters becomes a well known TV food star... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 3/30/2011

    " Easy read and a great book if you don't want to think too much. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 3/29/2011

    " 10 pages in and I gave up. Too much description of kitchens and chairs and decor and not enough to draw me to the main character. There may be a good story in there if I read far enough, but I'm just not interested. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 3/26/2011

    " If you liked FRIDAY NIGHT KNITTING CLUB, you'll enjoy this one too. Career, family, aging - it's all there! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 3/26/2011

    " Easy read - just for entertainment while visiting in the midwest. Interesting conflict interplay between the characters, the resolution of which was plausible. "

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About the Author
Author Kate JacobsKate Jacobs is the author of The Friday Night Knitting Club, Knit Two, Knit the Season, and Comfort Food.
About the Narrator

Barbara Rosenblat, one of the most awarded narrators in the business, was selected by AudioFile magazine as one of the Golden Voices of the Twentieth Century. She has received the prestigious Audie Award multiple times and has earned fifty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has also appeared in film, television, and theater, both in London’s West End and on Broadway.