The Chef's Secret

The Chef's Secret

Crystal King / Sep 19, 2019

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: 340
  • 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 NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 352 pages Expected publication February 12th 2019 by Atria Books More Details ISBN 1501196421 ISBN13 9781501196423 Other Editions 6 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Chefs Secret, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Historical Fiction 2019 280 books 274 voters Women s Prize for Fiction 2019 Eligible Books 84 books 52 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 09, 2019 Jenna rated it it was amazing Shelves historical fic 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 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 I would enjoy as much as her previous book I didn t want to be disappointed, but how could I possibly resist reading this new one No way, no how, could I resist Thankfully, The Chef s Secret proved to be just as brilliant and enjoyable The novel is loosely based on the life of Bartolomeo Scappi, chef to several popes in the 16th century, of whom not much is known With exquisite prose, Crystal King delivers a tale of passion and romance, murder and intrigue Upon Bartolomeo s death, his nephew and apprentice Giovanni inherits the majority of his estate Position and money, his recipes, his chef s knife and a secret that will change Giovanni s life forever Bartolomeo has left instructions for Giovanni to destroy his journals which are written in code Unable to do so, Giovanni sets out to decipher these journals, setting him on an unforgettable journey From the vast kitchens of the Vaticano to the canals and i palazzi of Venezia, we follow Giovanni as he uncovers a dangerous story, one which will shake the very foundation of Giovanni s life This book is difficult to put down, and is full of everything you could possibly want in historical fiction Romance, mystery, an illicit affair, danger, intrigue, revenge I love that Crystal King calls the cities by their Italian names They are beautiful than the anglicized versions we English speakers use and add authenticity to the story Crystal King, having now written two unforgettable books, has made it to my list of favourite authors I look forward to reading much of her work in the future If you love historical fiction, you must read Crystal King s books I was invited to read The Chef s Secret by the publisher and given a free digital galley In return I have given my honest and unbiased review Grazie mille to Crystal King and Atria Books Thank you for giving me such a delicious reading experience flag 43 likesLike see review View all 15 comments Aug 21, 2018 Heather Webb 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 , 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 flag 14 likesLike see review Dec 21, 2018 Bandit rated it liked it review of another edition 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 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 never appetizing taste buds have certainly changed since those days , the book is indeed a work of historical fiction and the plot has to do with much than food preparation It is based on a life of a famous Italian chef of the 1700s and as you d guess from the title, a life of a secret, or several Upon his passing it is up to his nephew apprentice inheritor to learn these and sometimes quite literally to decipher them from the diaries the man has left behind Huge invasion of privacy, sure But in this case it s somewhat justified by the fact that what the young man uncovers is in every way life changing The journals chronicle chef s life and lifelong forbidden love affair with an unnamed princess all set among the gastronomically indulgent who s who of the era It s luxurious, exciting and very romantic, without kudos to the author slipping the slippery slope into women s fiction The modern portion of the narration is set under the famous comet of the 1577, which makes for a great mood lighting as it were The diaries cover the decades preceding it The mysteries and secrets are all pretty exciting Personally I enjoyed the way the author took a real life person with very limited available biographical data and imagined an entire life for him, often utilizing other real life persons and facts from the era Pretty clever, albeit occasionally the facts were manipulated to suit the story, wherein arguably the opposite approach would have been challenging and clever Either way it was a lovely read, fairly light and plenty entertaining and, unlike The Great British Bake Off, didn t make me hungry at all Recommended, especially for fans of historical fiction Thanks Netgalley flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 17, 2018 Annette rated it really liked it Shelves historical fiction 1500s, biographical novel 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 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 Bartolomeo s story through the letters from a woman named Stella and through Bartolomeo s journals.Bartolomeo s journal begins in 1525 Venice At the age of 18, he begins his humble journey in the kitchen, working for Cardinal Grimani.In 1528, he meets the most beautiful girl in the world She is of noble birth Therefore, he can t have her, but he can make her long for the food he makes His creativity in the kitchen arises.When Stella gets married to cardinal s brother and moves to Rome, Bartolomeo follows her In Rome he continues working for cardinals and continues making a name for himself.As Giovanni unravels his uncle s story, his own story progresses as well He follows in his uncle s footsteps And not only in the kitchen, but also by meeting the most beautiful woman named Isabetta.The story involves a lot of intrigue, including poisoning and murders to remove unwanted witnesses This kind of intrigue reflects the time period and its reality But it should have a drop less of intrigue And instead, as it is a story of a chef and his creations, it should involve two important senses of smell and taste by bringing stories of making different dishes There are mentions of menus, which were prepared for feasts, but they do not awake those two important senses, which are vital when it comes to food.Overall, it is an engaging story and it is always interesting to learn about a lesser known person who made a mark in history FB BestHistoricalFiction flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 07, 2019 Karen Kay rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arc netgalley, italy, longmire challenge, mystery, 2019 countdown, acatt first line challenge, netgalley read 2019, twd challenge 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 flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 27, 2018 Whitney Scharer rated it it was amazing 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 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 timelines one of Scappi as a younger man, and one of his nephew uncovering Scappi s secrets through the journals he left behind after his death There s so much drama and intrigue in this book I couldn t put it down A wonderful read flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 03, 2019 Jennifer S Brown rated it it was amazing Shelves fiction, historical fiction 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 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 quite a few twists, and I don t want to give anything away, but this is a terrific historical novel flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 13, 2018 Anjali Duva 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 flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 28, 2018 Joshualyn Prater rated it liked it review of another edition I received an ARC copy from netgalley for my honest review, so thank you netgalley and publishers for offering me this book 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 I received an ARC copy from netgalley for my honest review, so thank you netgalley and publishers for offering me this book 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 The cover and title is what originally drew me to this book This is my first book by this author It was alltogether an easy read I give this book a 3.5 star rating flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 14, 2019 Jypsy rated it liked it review of another edition The Chef s Secret is a story of mystery and food, obviously A former chef to the Pope and Cardinals leaves journals His nephew reads them instead of burning them as instructed It s an interesting read with some history, family and culinary aspects It s not my favorite, but it s not bad, either Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 03, 2018 Maureen Crothall rated it it was amazing Oh my This book, and her previous one, have thrilled and delighted me, I add another favourite author to my list and wait in anticipation flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Shree rated it really liked it review of another edition A story set in renaissance Italy and centering around gastronomical delight is every Italophile s perfect idea of a book This book fit s that box perfectly The plot is loosely based on 16th century cook or Cuoco in Italian Bartolomeo Scappi Scappi served several Popes He is also famously known for his mammoth of a book of recepies Opera dell arte del cucinare The story begins with the funeral of Bartolomeo Scappi He bequeaths his estate his favorite knife, a collection of his recipe A story set in renaissance Italy and centering around gastronomical delight is every Italophile s perfect idea of a book This book fit s that box perfectly The plot is loosely based on 16th century cook or Cuoco in Italian Bartolomeo Scappi Scappi served several Popes He is also famously known for his mammoth of a book of recepies Opera dell arte del cucinare The story begins with the funeral of Bartolomeo Scappi He bequeaths his estate his favorite knife, a collection of his recipe and a vast sum of money to his nephew Giovanni He also gives keys to his safe containing his personal diary and asks him to burn them The diary is coded to maintain the secrets, but Giovanni ends up decoding it and stringing together the story Scappi s life in the process The diary holds treacherous secrets which when fallen into wrong hands would literally lead to the doom of Giovanni and his family The writing is delightful The writer took her sweet own time to build the plot thread by thread There were few place where the story felt like it slacked and turned a bit boring, but just then another plot twist would come in to make things interesting again I felt the pacing to be rather different and surprising in a sense for such a story line It felt like a sinusoidal wave with alternating moments of slack and thrill Being a Vegetarian, the dishes described in the book apart from the pies seemed a bit overwhelming However, it was quite interesting to read about sugar sculptures and Papal history flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 22, 2019 Suanne rated it it was amazing review of another edition I chose to read this book because I ve lived extensively in Italy, I ve read Crystal King s The Feast of Sorrow and enjoyed her approach to food The Chef s Secret did not let me down The descriptions of food were enough to make me salivate remembering the pasta and other delights I ate there Written in dual points of view alternating between Bartolomeo Scappi, the private chef to multiple popes, and his proteg nephew Giovanni Scappi was a famous chef and wrote on of the best selling cookboo I chose to read this book because I ve lived extensively in Italy, I ve read Crystal King s The Feast of Sorrow and enjoyed her approach to food The Chef s Secret did not let me down The descriptions of food were enough to make me salivate remembering the pasta and other delights I ate there Written in dual points of view alternating between Bartolomeo Scappi, the private chef to multiple popes, and his proteg nephew Giovanni Scappi was a famous chef and wrote on of the best selling cookbooks of all times Much of the book is divulged as Giovanni reads his uncle s diaries Giovanni must first solve the riddle of the coded sections then piece together his uncle s life and the name of Scappi s one true love.The book seemed well researched, the Italian accurate as well as the descriptions of Rome and Venice In the 16th century, if you ve seen the TV programs about the Medici, the Sforzas, and the Borgias, apparently poisonings, swordplay, treachery, and infidelity were rampant This book combines all that part romance, part mystery, part intrigue and delightful, sensual descriptions of food It is a quick, fun read flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Katherine rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 books, historical fiction I enjoyed Feast of Sorrow by Crystal King and jumped at a chance to request a galley of her new book provided by Atria Books through NetGalley The Chef s Tale is also historical fiction with a lot of food details that will make a reader hungry This time her story is centered around Bartolomeo Scappi, a chef to several popes in the 1500 s and the author of a popular cookbook The scant details known about him are worked into the story and the remaining unknowns of his life allow for King to c I enjoyed Feast of Sorrow by Crystal King and jumped at a chance to request a galley of her new book provided by Atria Books through NetGalley The Chef s Tale is also historical fiction with a lot of food details that will make a reader hungry This time her story is centered around Bartolomeo Scappi, a chef to several popes in the 1500 s and the author of a popular cookbook The scant details known about him are worked into the story and the remaining unknowns of his life allow for King to create a story about a nephew who discovers a secret in Scappi s journals after he dies I enjoyed The Chef s Secret, although not as much as her previous book I liked the setting, food, and historical details the most I also liked the story, but at times it felt too manufactured or too neatly resolved It still had me turning the pages however and I would be interested to see what King writes next 3.5 rounded up to four stars flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 07, 2019 Deborah Norkin rated it it was amazing I was lucky enough to get an advanced reader copy of Crystal King s second novel, The Chef s Secret From the first page, I was transported into Renaissance Italy Everything, from the language to the setting, was flawless The characters were like people I might meet on the street if I happened to live a few centuries ago The plot was believable and story flowed naturally All the twists and turns kept me guessing If it weren t for the author s statement at the end that informed me what was f I was lucky enough to get an advanced reader copy of Crystal King s second novel, The Chef s Secret From the first page, I was transported into Renaissance Italy Everything, from the language to the setting, was flawless The characters were like people I might meet on the street if I happened to live a few centuries ago The plot was believable and story flowed naturally All the twists and turns kept me guessing If it weren t for the author s statement at the end that informed me what was fact and what was fiction I would have believed it was all fact I m sure Crystal must have spent hundreds, if not thousands, of hours of research to master such ease with the prose and subject matter but you wouldn t know it Michelangelo said the sculpture is already within the marble, you just have to take away the extra bits That s how I felt while reading this book Crystal found the story that was already there Brava flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Ethel artisanwriting rated it it was amazing After the death of his uncle Bartolommeo in 1577 Rome, his nephew Giovanni discovers his uncle s secrets when he finds his journals, including an illicit love affair Bartolomeo Scappi was a legendary Italian chef to several popes and author of one of the bestselling cookbooks of all time His nephew, Gio, was his protege and followed in his footsteps after the famous chef s death The setting in Renaissance Italy is rich in history, the plot is also rich in intrigue, passion and rivalries There After the death of his uncle Bartolommeo in 1577 Rome, his nephew Giovanni discovers his uncle s secrets when he finds his journals, including an illicit love affair Bartolomeo Scappi was a legendary Italian chef to several popes and author of one of the bestselling cookbooks of all time His nephew, Gio, was his protege and followed in his footsteps after the famous chef s death The setting in Renaissance Italy is rich in history, the plot is also rich in intrigue, passion and rivalries There are twists and turns everywhere as Scappi s secrets are revealed in his journal Reading through this book, as a foodie, I found the descriptions of the food and feasts to be sumptuous These banquets feasts were for the wealthy and while they were lavish, I much prefer peasant food The book was interesting, a great read I would definitely recommend this to any fan of historical fiction Now I will go to Ms King s website and try my hand at some of the recipes I did venture to the author s site and found several recipes that were adapted to today s life and some of which I will certainly venture to attempt My thanks to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 15, 2019 Erika rated it really liked it Shelves arc Thank you to Netgalley and Touchstone for the ARC in exchange for an honest review What an amazing novel filled with love, mystery, friendship, family, food that will have you salivating, all beside the beautiful sights of Rome The novel centers around Bartolomeo Scappi, the private chef for the Pope in the 1500 s and his nephew Giovanni who starts to discover much about his life after he passes What a fascinating behind the scenes view into the Vatican and how all the elaborate meals used to Thank you to Netgalley and Touchstone for the ARC in exchange for an honest review What an amazing novel filled with love, mystery, friendship, family, food that will have you salivating, all beside the beautiful sights of Rome The novel centers around Bartolomeo Scappi, the private chef for the Pope in the 1500 s and his nephew Giovanni who starts to discover much about his life after he passes What a fascinating behind the scenes view into the Vatican and how all the elaborate meals used to be prepared there You could almost smell the food being prepared and view the surroundings as you were reading it was so enjoyable I would highly recommend this to anyone who has an interest in the food of Italy and the history behind it flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 16, 2018 Julie rated it really liked it Shelves fiction, own The Vatican, 1577 When Maestro Scappi, chef to the pope dies, his nephew and apprentice Giovanni is instructed to burn his uncle s coded journals But Giovanni s curiosity gets the best of him and as he reads about Scappi s life, he learns terrible secrets that could put his own life in danger This decadent novel has something for everyone history, passionate affairs, intense rivalries, mystery, vendetta, and of course FOOD Set against the background of Renaissance Rome with historical figur The Vatican, 1577 When Maestro Scappi, chef to the pope dies, his nephew and apprentice Giovanni is instructed to burn his uncle s coded journals But Giovanni s curiosity gets the best of him and as he reads about Scappi s life, he learns terrible secrets that could put his own life in danger This decadent novel has something for everyone history, passionate affairs, intense rivalries, mystery, vendetta, and of course FOOD Set against the background of Renaissance Rome with historical figures throughout, this novel is a sumptuous feast of intrigue and culinary delights I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 24, 2019 Kathleen rated it really liked it This was such a fun read Filled with lots and lots of food So interesting to read about the menus of the 1500s and how incredibly elaborate the feasts were On top of this, the story has a great story line with a really good mystery that is presented and solved through journals that have been coded Also, prevalent The Great Comet of 1577 Who knew there was such a thing So much interesting material in this book and I really felt like I learned so much about a place and time of history that This was such a fun read Filled with lots and lots of food So interesting to read about the menus of the 1500s and how incredibly elaborate the feasts were On top of this, the story has a great story line with a really good mystery that is presented and solved through journals that have been coded Also, prevalent The Great Comet of 1577 Who knew there was such a thing So much interesting material in this book and I really felt like I learned so much about a place and time of history that I didn t know much about Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 27, 2019 Terrie L Winkates rated it it was amazing review of another edition Marvelous historical fiction From the start engaging and full of adventure Interesting on many levels Rennasiance Iltaly, the Vatican, culinary delights, family relationships and intrigue The story opens with Barto recalling the trials of this life , spanning from young apprentice cook to the Chef for several Popes It s the inbetween that is captivating Forbidden love and the appalling decisions that accompany it Then we meet his nephew and apprentice Giovanni who is All innocence until Marvelous historical fiction From the start engaging and full of adventure Interesting on many levels Rennasiance Iltaly, the Vatican, culinary delights, family relationships and intrigue The story opens with Barto recalling the trials of this life , spanning from young apprentice cook to the Chef for several Popes It s the inbetween that is captivating Forbidden love and the appalling decisions that accompany it Then we meet his nephew and apprentice Giovanni who is All innocence until he inherits his late Uncles journals The action never stops and includes numerous twists and turns This book was hard to put down Thank you to Simon and Schuster and Net Galley for an advance copy of this book Crystal King is an authoress to watch flag 1 likeLike see review Terrie L Winkates Crystal, keep writing I m awaiting your next novel Jan 29, 2019 07 09AM Terrie L Winkates Just found an earlier novel written by Crystal King Feast of Sorrow Can wait to read it Just purchased the paperback Jan 29, 2019 07 22AM Jan 10, 2019 Paula Ptomey rated it it was amazing review of another edition Wow The Chef s Secret is an amazing story that will keep you guessing what the next turn of events will be Giovanni s uncle the great Chef Bartolmeo Scappi has died He has left almost everything to his nephew apprentice, including his journals that his nephew is to destroy However Giovanni does not follow his uncle request, and soon discovers than he could even imagine about his uncle Will it end well The Chef s Secret will keep you coming back to finish it and solve the puzzles The Wow The Chef s Secret is an amazing story that will keep you guessing what the next turn of events will be Giovanni s uncle the great Chef Bartolmeo Scappi has died He has left almost everything to his nephew apprentice, including his journals that his nephew is to destroy However Giovanni does not follow his uncle request, and soon discovers than he could even imagine about his uncle Will it end well The Chef s Secret will keep you coming back to finish it and solve the puzzles The food that is discussed will fill you with desire for good food Enjoy flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Penmouse rated it it was amazing review of another edition The Chef s Secret by Crystal King is a bit mystery, a bit romance, a bit history tossed in with a potful of a cook s life making it a wonderful book to read I won t give away the plot except to write if you love history and cooking you will love this book You will also love this book if you loved reading Feast of Sorrow, written by King, and a book I adored too.Recommend.Review written after downloading a galley from NetGalley flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Penmouse rated it it was amazing The Chef s Secret by Crystal King is a bit mystery, a bit romance, a bit history tossed in with a potful of a cook s life making it a wonderful book to read I won t give away the plot except to write if you love history and cooking you will love this book You will also love this book if you loved reading Feast of Sorrow, written by King, and a book I adored too.Recommend.Review written after downloading a galley from NetGalley flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 27, 2019 Jenni Walsh rated it it was amazing Shelves historical fiction, 2019 The Chef s Secret is aptly titled The chef, Bartolomeo Scappi, had quite a few skeletons in his closet, to be uncovered by his apprentice nephew, Giovanni, after Scappi s death The novel is told in both men s POVs, allowing us to experience Scappi s scandals as they happen and also as Giovanni unravels a lifetime of his uncle s secrets The result is gripping and Crystal King s knowledge of Renaissance Italy was evident on every single page, creating a story lush with details Brava flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 06, 2019 Carol Perreault rated it really liked it Shelves fromnetgalley Interesting story of the chef of cardinals and popes He writes his life story in journals that he instructs his nephew to burn, but instead the nephew reads them The nephew is the chef s protege and so much A very good story flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 31, 2018 Melanie Coombes rated it really liked it This book is absolutely wonderful to read I loved the authors first book and her second is just as good The one takes place in Italy in the early 1500s and again revolves around sumptuous recipes and meals There is also a big mystery as well as a love story I have a new favorite author It is so fun to read these historical fiction books I received a complimentary ebook from the publisher in exchange for a review flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 12, 2018 Joy Matteson rated it really liked it Shelves flippin loved it, food meditations, fiction, historical fiction 16th century Rome checkHistorical Roman papacy insanities checkRenaissance food descriptions checkMurder mysteries with codes checkSUCH FUN Loved it flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 10, 2018 Andrew rated it really liked it review of another edition I really enjoyed this well written , fast paced historical novel set in renaissance Italy Long on romance, delicious food and intrigue it is highly recommended, especially for those who like old school romantic historical fiction flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 10, 2018 J Else rated it liked it Shelves historical novel society reviews Review to be posted via the Historical Novel Society at historicalnovelsociety flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 22, 2019 Suanne rated it it was amazing Shelves general fiction, historical fiction, cookbooks I chose to read this book because I ve lived extensively in Italy, I ve read Crystal King s The Feast of Sorrow and enjoyed her approach to food The Chef s Secret did not let me down The descriptions of food were enough to make me salivate remembering the pasta and other delights I ate there Written in dual points of view alternating between Bartolomeo Scappi, the private chef to multiple popes, and his proteg nephew Giovanni Scappi was a famous chef and wrote on of the best selling cookboo I chose to read this book because I ve lived extensively in Italy, I ve read Crystal King s The Feast of Sorrow and enjoyed her approach to food The Chef s Secret did not let me down The descriptions of food were enough to make me salivate remembering the pasta and other delights I ate there Written in dual points of view alternating between Bartolomeo Scappi, the private chef to multiple popes, and his proteg nephew Giovanni Scappi was a famous chef and wrote on of the best selling cookbooks of all times Much of the book is divulged as Giovanni reads his uncle s diaries Giovanni must first solve the riddle of the coded sections then piece together his uncle s life and the name of Scappi s one true love.The book seemed well researched, the Italian accurate as well as the descriptions of Rome and Venice In the 16th century, if you ve seen the TV programs about the Medici, the Sforzas, and the Borgias, apparently poisonings, swordplay, treachery, and infidelity were rampant This book combines all that part romance, part mystery, part intrigue and delightful, sensual descriptions of food It is a quick, fun read flag Like see review previous 1 2 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed 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 Books by Crystal King More Trivia About The Chefs Secret No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now renderRatingGraph 29, 15, 8, 1, 0 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors ads blog API Connect 2019 , Inc Mobile version

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    A Chef Secrets A Chef Secrets is an affiliation of Fiorenzoni Italian Restaurant which was opened for years in Chatswood Fiorenzoni has had quite a following, synonymous with quality in Italian cuisine, receiving the prestigious Marchio Qualita Italiana Italian Seal of Quality Award in . The Chef s Secret A Novel Crystal King 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 The Chef s Secret Book by Crystal King Official The Chef s Secret is a sumptuous buffet, serving up a love story two of them mystery and suspense so thick you could cut it with, well, a chef s knife and such a vibrant panorama of Renaissance Rome you ll feel you ve walked its streets and inhabited its kitchens. The Chef s Secret by Crystal King The Chef s Secret is a story of mystery and food, obviously A former chef to the Pope and Cardinals leaves journals His nephew reads them instead of burning them as instructed. The Chef s Secret A Novel by Crystal King, Paperback 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 The Chef s Secret Ingredient biggeekdad Some unsuspecting people were invited to a taste testing of some fine cuisine and loved what they were served but couldn t figure out what the chef used for the secret ingredient This is a creative promo video for introducing Freshpet cat and dog food to the UK and I love hearing the participants describe their culinary experience.

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        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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