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Cinnamon and Gunpowder

A Novel

Eli Brown

Picador

The year is 1819, and the renowned chef Owen Wedgwood has been kidnapped by a beautiful yet ruthless pirate. He will be spared, Mad Hannah Mabbot tells him, as long as he can conjure an exquisite meal every Sunday from the ship’s meager supplies. While Wedgwood attempts to satisfy his captor with feats such as tea-smoked eel and pineapple-banana cider, he realizes that Mabbot herself is under siege. Hunted by a deadly privateer and plagued by a saboteur, she pushes her crew past exhaustion in her search for the notorious Brass Fox. But there is a method to Mabbot’s madness, and as the Flying Rose races across the ocean, Wedgwood learns to rely on the bizarre crew members he once feared: a formidable giant who loves to knit; a pair of stoic martial arts masters, sworn to defend their captain; and the ship’s deaf cabin boy, who becomes the son he never had.

An anarchic tale of love and appetite, Eli Brown's Cinnamon and Gunpowder is a wildly original feat of the imagination, deep and startling as the sea itself.

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DINNER GUESTS
In which I am kidnapped by pirates
 
 
Wednesday, August 18, 1819
This body is not brave. Bespeckled with blood, surrounded by enemies, and bound on a dark course whose ultimate destination I cannot fathom—I am not brave.
The nub of a candle casts quaking light on my damp chamber. I have been afforded a quill and a logbook only after insisting that measurement and notation are crucial to the task before me.
I have no intention of cooperating for long; indeed, I hope to have a plan of escape soon. Meanwhile, I am taking refuge in these blank
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    Share on Twitter: http://clicktotweet.com/PbO4D Share on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=https://vimeo.com/62815380/ For more information on Cinnamon and Gunpowder: http://us.macmillan.com/cinnamonandgunpowder/EliBrown 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

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    An anarchic tale of love and appetite, Eli Brown's Cinnamon and Gunpowder is a wildly original feat of the imagination, deep and startling as the sea itself.

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    An anarchic tale of love and appetite, Eli Brown's Cinnamon and Gunpowder is a wildly original feat of the imagination, deep and startling as the sea itself.

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Praise for Cinnamon and Gunpowder

“You’ll savor every bite.”—Petra Mayer, NPR

“A great beach read that doesn’t sacrifice beautiful writing...Oh, Hannah! What a character she is—sexy, hilarious, tough, and with such heart.”—Julie Powell, author of Julie and Julia

“Original and exquisite...Salty, smart, and sensuous. Eli Brown unfurls a pirate story that’s also an eloquent disquisition on human appetite and the mysteries of taste.”—Carolyn Cooke, author of Daughters of the Revolution

“A swashbuckler of a cookbook, and a romance, too.”—BonAppétit.com

Praise for The Great Days:

“Accomplished and enormously powerful.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

“With lyrical, confident prose, Brown makes August’s dark journey a harrowing, convincing look into the heart of cult life that should linger with readers.”—Publishers Weekly

In the Press

Cinnamon and Gun Powder, by Eli Brown - Author Talk - CBS News
Brown takes us back to 1819 where renowned chef Owen Wedgwood has been kidnapped by pirate Mad Hannah Mabbot Read more by Jeff Glor on CBS News' Author Talk.
- CBSNews.com
Work in Progress » Blog Archive » Why Pickling Can't Solve Everything
In Cinnamon and Gunpowder, the narrator, chef Owen Wedgwood, is kidnapped by a pirate and forced to cook for her on her ship. Despite the paucity of ingredients, his meals must delight her or she'll kill him.
- FSG's Work in Progress
Book Review: 'Cinnamon And Gunpowder,' By Eli Brown : NPR
Food porn and pirate adventure are two great tastes that taste great together in Eli Brown's Cinnamon and Gunpowder. When a pirate kidnaps a chef to serve her own gustatory pleasures, his creativity is taxed as he prepares feasts
- NPR.org
The Rumpus Interview With Eli Brown - The Rumpus.net
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  • Eli Brown

  • Eli Brown lives on an experimental urban farm in Alameda, California. His writing has appeared in The Cortland Review and Homewrecker: An Adultery Reader. His first novel, The Great Days, won the Fabri Literary Prize.

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Cinnamon and Gunpowder

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