Two figures dominate the image with little reference to setting other than a low horizon line and some pebbles in the lower left. A man stands tothe lelft wearing simple tradesman's clothes; in his right hand he holds a ladle and another cooking implement. A knife in its sheath hangs at his waist. On his left shoulder stands a bird wtih wings open that is facing the man. To the right is a woman with a headdress and veil and cloak wrapped over one shoulder and in front of her.
The subject for this engraving comes from a popular set of parables, "Der Ritter von Turn," and describes how a cook's wife had secretly eaten an eel that the cook had intended on eating himself. The wife said that an otter had stolen the eel but a magpie told the cook the truth that the wife had eaten it.