This book tells the story of Miranda, an Australian woman, abandoned in Amsterdam by her husband, Anton, who disappeared into the South Seas. Marooned but restlessly inspired, Miranda expresses her passion through cooking. But as the restaurant she builds in Anton's ancestral home grows increasingly popular - and along with it, Miranda - her daughter Diana recedes into a world of longing for her lost father.
The novel is infused with visions of old-world Amsterdam and exotic tropical islands made sinister by the secrets that enshroud them. It is part mystery, part love story, part family drama and an intoxicating tale about a woman whose cooking seduces an entire city.