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The Chef's Secret: A Novel

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A captivating novel of Renaissance Italy detailing the mysterious life of Bartolomeo Scappi, the legendary chef to several popes and author of one of the bestselling cookbooks of all time, and the nephew who sets out to discover his late uncle’s secrets—including the identity of the noblewoman Bartolomeo loved until he died.

When Bartolomeo Scappi dies in 1577, he leaves hi
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Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Touchstone
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Heather Webb
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A veritable feast for the senses, The Chef's Secret is part mystery, part love story, and all sumptuous sixteenth century Italy. This tale of one of the world's first celebrity chefs--Bartolomeo Scappi, a DaVinci of Renaissance cuisine--sent me on a quest to know more, and to my kitchen to experiment-- a sign of a great historical novel. Readers will delight in a plot as juicy as Scappi's braised beef!
Anjali Duva
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Exquisitely researched, this page-turning story has it all: mystery, intrigue, history, gastronomy, and just the right amount of romance. Immerse yourself in Renaissance Italy with Crystal King's second excellent historical novel. A treat.
Joy Matteson
16th century Rome: check
Historical Roman papacy insanities: check
Renaissance food descriptions: check
Murder mysteries with codes: check

SUCH FUN! Loved it.
Katrin
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a gorgeous story--full of life and love (and food), with a mystery at its heart that asks important questions. What does family really mean? What would you sacrifice for love? How far would you go for a friend, a lover, a brother, a parent? King has done meticulous research (boy, just read her author's note!) but you can't really tell because the narrative has such natural momentum. The amazing details about a past culture most of us know so little about are deftly slipped in so as to be ...more
Lynn
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Set in the Vatican, amid all the infighting and secretive scheming, Giovanni Brioschi is Chef to Popes. Crushing responsibilities consume his waking hours. His uncle, Bartolomeo Scappi, was Chef before him, and left a book of his recipes and lists of herbs and spices. And, some messages in code. Code? Yes. And the secrets contained therein will change lives.

I read this EARC courtesy of Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss. pub date 02/12/19
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Crystal King is an author, culinary enthusiast and marketing expert. Her writing is fueled by a love of history and a passion for the food, language and culture of Italy. She has taught classes in writing, creativity and social media at Harvard Extension School, Boston University, Mass College of Art, UMass Boston and GrubStreet, one of the leading creative writing centers in the US. A Pushcart-no ...more