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February 21, 2013

Today's Featured Title and Contest February 21, 2013
This Special Newsletter spotlights a book coming out this spring. Read more about it, and enter our Spring Preview Contest to win a copy. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!
Today's Featured Book and Contest: CINNAMON AND GUNPOWDER by Eli Brown

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 crew members 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.

-Click here to read more about the book.
-Click here to see the recipe for Vanilla Rose Amaretti, one of Owen Wedgewood's creations.
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