Best-selling cookbook author Carol Field turns her talent to fiction in this book. A feast of the imagination, Mangoes and Quince tells the story of Miranda, 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 long with it, Miranda - her daughter Diana recedes into a world of longing for her lost father. Under the spell of a manipulative anthropologist, Diana sneaks into her father's two locked private rooms and unearths a trove of strange, local fetishes. And tucked within one sculpture, Diana finds a note from her father that reveals his dangerous obsession.