COMFORT FOOD, by Kate Jacobs

As the title suggests, this is about the world of food, particularly the life of longtime food channel TV star Augusta "Gus" Simpson who discovers she's not a job-secure as she thought. Thrown in with a tempermental upstart beauty queen, bedeviled by two daughters who aren't achieving to Gus's high (not to say unreachable) standards, saddled with a new (although handsome) prep cook, dissed by the food channel owner, Gus enters the fight of her professional life. Lots of fun. Nice choice of gift for a foodie friend. It's a 4.