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The Chef's Secret
The Chef's Secret: A Novel | Crystal King
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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 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 protégé, 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.
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🍳Do you like to cook? Do you buy cookbooks? I like to cook. Am I good at it? Not really. But, one of my favorite things to do is cook while listening to an audiobook. Simple recipes save my life. I actually use an Artmark to hold open the cook book. Thankfully, they‘re washable. Head to www.bookartbookmarks.com and use code DREAM10 for 10% your order of bookmarks. Free shipping!

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But at the end of the novel, when the food is eaten, the dishes are dirty, the conversation closed, the history recounted, the guests tired and there‘s nothing left to say, this remains a sweeping, cross country Italian feast that is ultimately a young man‘s search back to his mother and father, a longing to identify with the man who has been at mentor, friend, teacher, and surrogate father.

keys_on_fire I love the cover art! 3mo
Schnoebs Man I‘m so excited for this book! 3mo
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MellieAntoinette
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Bartolomeo Scappi is dead. Popes are hungry, nephews are grieving, journals are inherited, secrets are uncovered, people are poisoned, babies are born, recipes are stolen. Beautifully researched and surprisingly intriguing, the secrets are all in the pudding! 😉

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Even though it took me a while to read, and I read it between other things, there are a lot of itches scratched by this novel. First is the food, of course. The two main characters are the Pope's chef in Renaissance Italy, so there is a lot of discussion of incredible feasts and elaborate dishes. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy On top of that is the story of a chef and his master teacher, a chef who leaves his property and possessions to him (including his last name!) when he dies. His journals are written in code, so there are elements of mystery and codebreaking and secrets. Everything is couched in deep historical research that doesn't bog down the story but really adds a lot to it. 3mo
ReadingEnvy (I loved the author note at the end which points out which pieces she took from history and which she made work for the story, and the sources she relied on.) 3mo
Dragon Sounds interesting, stacking! 3mo
Lindy This sounds great! 3mo
Centique History, mystery and cookery - that scratches a lot of itches for me too! Stacked 😍 3mo
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My #fridayreads/#weekendreads. How about you?

Tamra Sounds fun! 5mo
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