Seven months into her pregnancy, Rachel, a cookery writer, discovers that her husband is in love with another woman. The fact that the other woman has a "neck as long as an arm and a nose as long as a thumb" is no consolation. Heartburn is a rollercoaster of love, betrayal, revenge - and how to make the perfect soufflé.
Nora Ephron shows us that the pen is mightier than the sword in this roman-à-clef. "I always thought during the pain of the marriage that one day it would make a funny book", Ephron once said. And it is!