A gripping adventure, a seaborne romance, and a twist on the tale of Scheherazade-with the best food ever served aboard a pirate's ship The year is 1819, and the renowned chef Owen Wedgwood has been kidnapped by the ruthless pirate Mad Hannah Mabbot. He will be spared, she tells him, as long as he puts exquisite food in front of her every Sunday without fail. To appease the red-haired captain, Wedgwood gets cracking with the meager supplies on board. His first triumph at sea is actual bread, made from a sourdough starter that he leavens in a tin under his shirt throughout a roaring battle, as men are cutlassed all around him. Soon he's making tea-smoked eel and brewing pineapple-banana cider. But Mabbot-who exerts a curious draw on the chef-is under siege. Hunted by a deadly privateer and plagued by a saboteur hidden on her ship, she pushes her crew past exhaustion in her search for the notorious Brass Fox. As Wedgwood begins to sense a method to Mabbot's madness, he must rely on the bizarre crewmembers he once feared: Mr. Apples, the fearsome giant who loves to knit; Feng and Bai, martial arts masters sworn to defend their captain; and Joshua, the deaf cabin boy who becomes the son Wedgwood never had. Cinnamon and Gunpowder is a swashbuckling epicure's adventure simmered over a surprisingly touching love story-with a dash of the strangest, most delightful cookbook never written. Eli Brown has crafted a uniquely entertaining novel full of adventure: the Scheherazade story turned on its head, at sea, with food. An NPR Best Book of 2013
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"Kidnapped after witnessing the murder of his employer, chef Owen Wedgewood finds himself on board the ship of the infamous pirate Mad Hannah Mabbot. Each Sunday he must deliver to Captain Mabbot the "finest supper"-- limited ingredients and an inferior galley notwithstanding-- or else. Tension is high as Wedgewood plots menus and escape while Mabbot plots adventure on the high seas. James Langton's refined British accent captures Wedgewood's endearing pretensions and fading na•vetŽ as he discovers a world far outside the well-stocked kitchen he's accustomed to. As befits a pirate tale, colorful characters abound, and Langton gives each a distinct voice. Most memorable is the ship's second-in-command, Mr. Apples, who sounds as salty and weathered as the ship itself. Charming and completely satisfying! A.S. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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