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Cinnamon and Gunpowder: A Novel
by Eli Brown

Published: 2013-06-04
Kindle Edition : 336 pages
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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, ...

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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.

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by db2ski (see profile) 05/01/19

I really enjoyed this story. It was more than I expected it to be and I connected with the characters.

 
  "Cinnamon and Gunpowder"by Annasnana (see profile) 10/20/16

I loved this book! It was so different from any other book I've read recently. It was fun, fast paced, interesting, unusual characters and I loved the ending! I'm eager for,our book club meeting to... (read more)

 
by Susan-A-Z (see profile) 06/19/15

 
  "CINNAMON AND GUNPOWDER by Eli Brown"by mistyviolet (see profile) 06/17/15

Food and pirates works surprisingly well in this sometimes funny, sometimes scary, sometimes poignant tale of a kidnapped chef and the female pirate who keeps him ala Scherazade until he can... (read more)

 
  "Cinnamon and Gunpowder"by hunter972 (see profile) 03/16/15

Our library book club members liked this culinary pirate adventure love story so much they bought copies for friends. The writing is wonderful and evocative.

 
  "Gourmet Adventure On the High Seas!"by gbuegge (see profile) 03/03/15

The characters are engaging. The setting is intoxicating. The story is engrossing. The writing is exquisite. There isn't an aspect of this book, from the cover, to the title, to the writing that I... (read more)

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