If you need an escape or adventure, here's an excellent option. Cinnamon and Gunpowder is the tale of a chef held captive on a pirate ship, complete with scandal, humor, inventive recipes, and even some pithy observations on life. I honestly didn't expect this to be such a delightful read. Expect a little romance and violence (it's about pirates, after all!) so it may not be for everyone, but I think it would appeal to a really wide audience. The writing is better than I expected it to be, the plot is fast-paced, and there are plenty of surprises. If you like cooking, then the recipes are the icing on the cake!