Jesobel Jones can bake. In a truly triumphant, appearing-on-TV kind of way. But this means nothing to the rest of the world, because apparently all that cake mix is starting to show – in all the wrong places. So when she lands an invite to the Party of Year by the Boy of Her Dreams, she wonders whether it’s time for a new, improved Jess. But will life still taste as good?
Anna Mainwaring’s debut is a light-hearted and sometimes poignant take on the pressures that face teenage girls. It’s hard to smile in all those selfies when you don’t like the girl who looks back at you. But which is more important – looking perfect or being happy?
Title: The Lives and Loves of Jesobel Jones
Author: Anna Mainwaring
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Portal Press
Format: Paperback and E-Book
Published: 25th March 2015
Why food is important to me
guestpost by Jesobel Jones
1) I have been asked to tell you why I think food is important.
Well, let’s think carefully about this.
Could it be that without it we would DIE?
So that’s reason number one. Food saves your life. Every day.
So let’s all give it up for food – THANK YOU for literally being a life saver and also being rather tasty at the same time! What an awesome combination.
2) What is your favourite celebration of the year? Do we have some Christmas lovers out there? Easter is upon us and we all know what the Easter Bunny brings. The more *ahem* egotistical of you might prefer your own birthday…Hallowe’en perhaps for those of you with a darker side?
Whichever you’ve gone for, then chances are one of the things that you love about that celebration is that at the heart of it there is FOOD! What would a Christmas be without turkey (we’ll just pretend sprouts don’t exist shall we)? Easter without chocolate? A birthday without a cake?
In short the answer would be, “Well, not really like a celebration actually!” People congregate around great food, have conversations, laugh, bond etc all when sitting down to eat. It doesn’t always happen like that and I admit that some family gatherings can be down right awkward. But let’s not dwell on those moments, let’s just accept that at the heart of a great time, there has to be really good food. Think about the best times you’ve had with your friends – I bet food features there somewhere in some kind of way.
3) This one is the bit where I get a bit pretentious and you might start to hate me. But just give me a chance and I might make you something amazing.
Cos you see, I think baking and cooking can be like art. Yes, I know, it’s a bit cheesy (and I’m not talking Camembert here) but that’s what I think. I mean some people study how to make beautiful pastries for years.
And then they can make something like this.
And a chef could train and train with the best chefs in the world and then they can make stuff like this.
I mean sometimes I’m just in the mood for beans on toast and that’s okay but sometimes I just want to try and make something perfect. Something beautiful. Something that will make people go “Wow!”
And the best food in the world can do that.
4) Food shows that you care. If you bake or make a special meal for someone it takes money, time and effort. It shows you’ve spent your precious time, that could have been spent on NetFlix, preparing something amazing for someone other than yourself. Show your love – bake a cake.
5) Finally, this is a more personal thing. But food never lets you down. I mean if you know about food and make something lovely, then it really does improve your mood. Had a bad day ? A lovely cake might perk you up. Tired? Coffee gives you a zing to keep you going? Run down – a home-made smoothie or amazing superfood salad will bombard with you with goodness and get up you up and running again in no time. Now, this of course, can be a bad thing. Because with food you do need to learn MODERATION. Which is not a word I love. I’m sixteen. Why would I want to be moderate about anything? But in MODERATION food can really boost your mood and well-being.
So that’s it, guys. Thanks for reading. I hope that’s inspired you to go and make something that’s good for body and mind. Remember that as some poet once said, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” Which is sort of true. Until you eat it. And then it’s not.
But let’s not sweat the small stuff.
Eat beautifully. Love life.
Her debut novel, “The Lives and Loves of Jesobel Jones”, follows Jess through the joy and pain of being a teenager in the modern world; first love, friendship, embarrassing families, and asks the big questions in life: how much cake is it really acceptable to eat?
After studying English at university, Anna made the foolish decision to work in corporate finance, not the best career choice for someone who a) is number dyslexic b) hates anything corporate. After travelling, Anna re-trained as an English teacher and works in a girls’ school in Cheshire. When not writing, teaching, or looking after her children, Anna can generally be found walking up a big hill, looking for inspiration.