The Chef's Secret

The Chef s Secret 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 nep

  • Title: The Chef's Secret
  • Author: Crystal King
  • ISBN: 1501196421
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 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 his vast estate properties, money, and his position to his nephew and apprentice Giovanni He also gives Giovanni the keys to two strongboxes and strict instructions to burn their contents Despite Scappi s dire warning that the information concealed in those boxes could put Giovanni s life and others at risk, Giovanni is compelled to learn his uncle s secrets He undertakes the arduous task of decoding Scappi s journals and uncovers a history of deception, betrayal, and murder all to protect an illicit love affair.As Giovanni pieces together the details of Scappi s past, he must contend with two rivals who have joined forces his brother Cesare and Scappi s former prot g , Domenico Romoli, who will do anything to get his hands on the late chef s recipes.With luscious prose that captures the full scale of the sumptuous feasts for which Scappi was known, The Chef s Secret serves up power, intrigue, and passion, bringing Renaissance Italy to life in a delectable fashion Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalm

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    1. Crystal King

      Crystal King is the author of THE CHEF S SECRET and FEAST OF SORROW A culinary enthusiast and social media professional, 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 lead Crystal King is the author of THE CHEF S SECRET and FEAST OF SORROW A culinary enthusiast and social media professional, 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 nominated poet and former co editor of the online literary arts journal Plum Ruby Review, Crystal received her M.A in Critical and Creative Thinking from UMass Boston, where she developed a series of exercises and writing prompts to help fiction writers in medias res She resides in Boston

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    1. What a wonderfully delectable novel You know those books you enjoy so much that they just linger with you The mere mention of them, of the author, the slightest memory of the characters or the cover, just makes you feel all squiggly happy inside That is how Crystal King s novel Feast of Sorrow A Novel of Ancient Rome is for me, and so I was delighted to learn she has a new book As much as I wanted to read it, I was also ambivalent, worried that Ms King couldn t possibly write another novel What [...]


    2. 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 , 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


    3. Slight trepidation going on because, you know, food Just makes me think of all the food shows I ve watched never by choice except for the delight that is the Great British Bake Off and have never enjoyed In fact the only enjoyable thing about them has always been for me the historical factoids behind the recipes So I figured maybe it ll be like that but in a book form But actually this turned out to be a pleasant surprise in that, while food is mentioned often and in copious amounts and ne Sligh [...]


    4. Bartolomeo Scappi 1500 1577 was a legendary Italian chef to several popes and author of one of the bestselling cookbooks of all time Not much is known about him The known facts, such as him dedicating his cookbook to his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni Brioschi, and bequeathing some jewelry to a sister named Catherina, are incorporated into the story And all the popes he worked for and are involved in this story are true.After the death of Bartolomeo in 1577 Rome, his nephew discovers Barto Bart [...]


    5. I received this from netgalley in exchange for a review Set in the 1500 s with duo timelines, Giovanni pieces together the details of Scappi s past and he must contend with two rivals who have joined forces his brother Cesare and Scappi s former prot g , Domenico Romoli, who will do anything to get his hands on the late chef s recipes.4


    6. This book is delicious in every sense of the word I smartly brought it to read while I was on vacation, and spent the entire time drooling over the gorgeously written food and cooking scenes Bartolomeo Scappi was a chef to several popes, and prepared lavish feasts for them at a scope that is almost unimaginable to us today Equally interesting were the depictions of the simple food Scappi and his nephew were made to prepare for the austere popes The story alternates between two timelin This book [...]


    7. This dual timeline novel of two chefs Bartolomeo Scappi a real life famous Renaissance chef and his protege Giovanni is a fast paced read I loved immersing myself in the 16th century and the papal politics The two chefs cook for popes and the intrigue of that world is fascinating The heart of this story is the secrets Bartolomeo kept and Giovanni s quest to uncover them, through Bartolomeo s coded journals At the same time, we learn of both Bartolomeo s romance and Giovanni s There are This dual [...]


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