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, and despite the Flying Rose's meager supplies. Soon after his initial triumph - actual bread, made from a sourdough starter leavened underneath his shirt in the midst of a roaring battle - Wedgwood is able to satisfy the crew with tea-smoked eel and 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, she pushes her crew past exhaustion in her search for the notorious Brass Fox. There is a method to Mabbot's madness, and Wedgwoood realizes 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. With Cinnamon and Gunpowder, Eli Brown has given us a swashbuckling epicure's adventure simmered over a surprisingly touching love story - with a dash of the strangest, most delightful cookbook never written.