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 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 t...

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Title:The Chef's Secret
Author:Crystal King
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1501196421
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

The Chef's Secret Reviews

  • Whitney Scharer
    Dec 27, 2018

    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 ...

    Crystal King has a knack for writing about food that leaves you salivating and hungry for snacks at every turn and I absolutely love her second novel which is set in 1577. Bartolemeo Scappi, papal chef to Pope Gregory dies and his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, takes his place in...

    I first learned about this author from Catherine on the Sarah's Book Shelves podcast, episode 2 - I was intrigued by the concept of historical foodie fiction so I requested an eARC of The Chef's Secret from Edelweiss (this came out February 12, 2019.) Even though it took me a while ...

    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 kitche...

    When I first saw this title, it made me hungry. The cover art did nothing to help that situation either. The trey of wine and fruit looks so appealing and I couldn?t help but think that I needed to crack open a bottle of wine to commemorate the beginning of this book! Now if tr...

    This book was just so much fun to read. The story was set in the 1500's in the Vatican kitchens and featured the head chef and his nephew. The food descriptions were just mind blowing. Some of them were mouth watering and some of them were ones I would never eat. The artistry was unbe...

    ***#earc thanks to #netgalley for an honest review*** 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. But at the end of the novel, when the food is eaten, ...

    Talk about luscious literature! Crystal King?s new novel, set in 16th century Italy, is a work of culinary, biographical fiction about Bartolomeo Scappi, a man who was chef to popes and royalty, and the legacy he hands down to his protégé, Giovanni. ?The Chef?s Secret? is a m...

    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 histo...

    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 som...

    I received this from netgalley.com 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 protégé, Domenico Romol...

    Check out my Q&A with Crystal King for the Historical Novel Society! ...

    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 sco...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Apr 14, 2019

    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 ...

    Crystal King has a knack for writing about food that leaves you salivating and hungry for snacks at every turn and I absolutely love her second novel which is set in 1577. Bartolemeo Scappi, papal chef to Pope Gregory dies and his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, takes his place in...

    I first learned about this author from Catherine on the Sarah's Book Shelves podcast, episode 2 - I was intrigued by the concept of historical foodie fiction so I requested an eARC of The Chef's Secret from Edelweiss (this came out February 12, 2019.) Even though it took me a while ...

  • Jennifer S. Brown
    Jan 03, 2019

    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 ...

    Crystal King has a knack for writing about food that leaves you salivating and hungry for snacks at every turn and I absolutely love her second novel which is set in 1577. Bartolemeo Scappi, papal chef to Pope Gregory dies and his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, takes his place in...

    I first learned about this author from Catherine on the Sarah's Book Shelves podcast, episode 2 - I was intrigued by the concept of historical foodie fiction so I requested an eARC of The Chef's Secret from Edelweiss (this came out February 12, 2019.) Even though it took me a while ...

    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 kitche...

    When I first saw this title, it made me hungry. The cover art did nothing to help that situation either. The trey of wine and fruit looks so appealing and I couldn?t help but think that I needed to crack open a bottle of wine to commemorate the beginning of this book! Now if tr...

    This book was just so much fun to read. The story was set in the 1500's in the Vatican kitchens and featured the head chef and his nephew. The food descriptions were just mind blowing. Some of them were mouth watering and some of them were ones I would never eat. The artistry was unbe...

    ***#earc thanks to #netgalley for an honest review*** 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. But at the end of the novel, when the food is eaten, ...

    Talk about luscious literature! Crystal King?s new novel, set in 16th century Italy, is a work of culinary, biographical fiction about Bartolomeo Scappi, a man who was chef to popes and royalty, and the legacy he hands down to his protégé, Giovanni. ?The Chef?s Secret? is a m...

    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 histo...

    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 som...

    I received this from netgalley.com 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 protégé, Domenico Romol...

    Check out my Q&A with Crystal King for the Historical Novel Society! ...

    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 sco...

    This is a historical fiction story based on the life of Bartolomeo Scappi, a revered Italian Renaissance celebrity chef. Scappi was born in 1500 in Dumenza, Lombardy, Italy, and moved to the Vatican to chef for six popes. He was a contemporary of Michelangelo, and wrote a cookbook ...

    The year is 1577 and Bartolomeo Scappi, the famous Vatican chef, has died. Giovanni, his nephew who has long been his apprentice, has inherited almost everything, including his recipes and the many journals where his uncle has chronicled his life. He was supposed to burn them, but he w...

    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...

  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    Feb 13, 2019

    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 ...

    Crystal King has a knack for writing about food that leaves you salivating and hungry for snacks at every turn and I absolutely love her second novel which is set in 1577. Bartolemeo Scappi, papal chef to Pope Gregory dies and his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, takes his place in...

    I first learned about this author from Catherine on the Sarah's Book Shelves podcast, episode 2 - I was intrigued by the concept of historical foodie fiction so I requested an eARC of The Chef's Secret from Edelweiss (this came out February 12, 2019.) Even though it took me a while ...

    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 kitche...

    When I first saw this title, it made me hungry. The cover art did nothing to help that situation either. The trey of wine and fruit looks so appealing and I couldn?t help but think that I needed to crack open a bottle of wine to commemorate the beginning of this book! Now if tr...

    This book was just so much fun to read. The story was set in the 1500's in the Vatican kitchens and featured the head chef and his nephew. The food descriptions were just mind blowing. Some of them were mouth watering and some of them were ones I would never eat. The artistry was unbe...

    ***#earc thanks to #netgalley for an honest review*** 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. But at the end of the novel, when the food is eaten, ...

    Talk about luscious literature! Crystal King?s new novel, set in 16th century Italy, is a work of culinary, biographical fiction about Bartolomeo Scappi, a man who was chef to popes and royalty, and the legacy he hands down to his protégé, Giovanni. ?The Chef?s Secret? is a m...

    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 histo...

    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 som...

    I received this from netgalley.com 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 protégé, Domenico Romol...

    Check out my Q&A with Crystal King for the Historical Novel Society! ...

    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 sco...

    This is a historical fiction story based on the life of Bartolomeo Scappi, a revered Italian Renaissance celebrity chef. Scappi was born in 1500 in Dumenza, Lombardy, Italy, and moved to the Vatican to chef for six popes. He was a contemporary of Michelangelo, and wrote a cookbook ...

    The year is 1577 and Bartolomeo Scappi, the famous Vatican chef, has died. Giovanni, his nephew who has long been his apprentice, has inherited almost everything, including his recipes and the many journals where his uncle has chronicled his life. He was supposed to burn them, but he w...

    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...

    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. ...

    Linda?s Book Obsession Reviews ?The Chef?s Secret? by Crystal King, Atria Books, February 12, 2019 Crystal King, Author of ?The Chef?s Secret? has written an intriguing, entertaining, captivating and unique novel. The Genres for this story are Fiction , Historical Fict...

    In 1577, Giovanni?s beloved uncle, chef Bartolomeo Scappi died. He left his entire estate to Giovanni, including two keys to strongboxes and instructions to burn, without reading, the contents of the boxes. Giovanni?s curiosity gets the better of him and he reads the most current j...

    In "The Chef's Secret," Crystal King returns with a great historical fiction full of family mysteries, secret romances, and delicious food. I loved her book "Feast of Sorrows" and was so looking forward to this book. I was definitely not disappointed! In this book, she takes us to Rome...

  • Pamela
    Feb 06, 2019

    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 ...

    Crystal King has a knack for writing about food that leaves you salivating and hungry for snacks at every turn and I absolutely love her second novel which is set in 1577. Bartolemeo Scappi, papal chef to Pope Gregory dies and his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, takes his place in...

    I first learned about this author from Catherine on the Sarah's Book Shelves podcast, episode 2 - I was intrigued by the concept of historical foodie fiction so I requested an eARC of The Chef's Secret from Edelweiss (this came out February 12, 2019.) Even though it took me a while ...

    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 kitche...

    When I first saw this title, it made me hungry. The cover art did nothing to help that situation either. The trey of wine and fruit looks so appealing and I couldn?t help but think that I needed to crack open a bottle of wine to commemorate the beginning of this book! Now if tr...

    This book was just so much fun to read. The story was set in the 1500's in the Vatican kitchens and featured the head chef and his nephew. The food descriptions were just mind blowing. Some of them were mouth watering and some of them were ones I would never eat. The artistry was unbe...

    ***#earc thanks to #netgalley for an honest review*** 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. But at the end of the novel, when the food is eaten, ...

    Talk about luscious literature! Crystal King?s new novel, set in 16th century Italy, is a work of culinary, biographical fiction about Bartolomeo Scappi, a man who was chef to popes and royalty, and the legacy he hands down to his protégé, Giovanni. ?The Chef?s Secret? is a m...

    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 histo...

    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 som...

    I received this from netgalley.com 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 protégé, Domenico Romol...

    Check out my Q&A with Crystal King for the Historical Novel Society! ...

    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 sco...

    This is a historical fiction story based on the life of Bartolomeo Scappi, a revered Italian Renaissance celebrity chef. Scappi was born in 1500 in Dumenza, Lombardy, Italy, and moved to the Vatican to chef for six popes. He was a contemporary of Michelangelo, and wrote a cookbook ...

    The year is 1577 and Bartolomeo Scappi, the famous Vatican chef, has died. Giovanni, his nephew who has long been his apprentice, has inherited almost everything, including his recipes and the many journals where his uncle has chronicled his life. He was supposed to burn them, but he w...

    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...

    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. ...

    Linda?s Book Obsession Reviews ?The Chef?s Secret? by Crystal King, Atria Books, February 12, 2019 Crystal King, Author of ?The Chef?s Secret? has written an intriguing, entertaining, captivating and unique novel. The Genres for this story are Fiction , Historical Fict...

    In 1577, Giovanni?s beloved uncle, chef Bartolomeo Scappi died. He left his entire estate to Giovanni, including two keys to strongboxes and instructions to burn, without reading, the contents of the boxes. Giovanni?s curiosity gets the better of him and he reads the most current j...

  • Jenny Q
    Feb 10, 2019

    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 ...

    Crystal King has a knack for writing about food that leaves you salivating and hungry for snacks at every turn and I absolutely love her second novel which is set in 1577. Bartolemeo Scappi, papal chef to Pope Gregory dies and his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, takes his place in...

    I first learned about this author from Catherine on the Sarah's Book Shelves podcast, episode 2 - I was intrigued by the concept of historical foodie fiction so I requested an eARC of The Chef's Secret from Edelweiss (this came out February 12, 2019.) Even though it took me a while ...

    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 kitche...

    When I first saw this title, it made me hungry. The cover art did nothing to help that situation either. The trey of wine and fruit looks so appealing and I couldn?t help but think that I needed to crack open a bottle of wine to commemorate the beginning of this book! Now if tr...

    This book was just so much fun to read. The story was set in the 1500's in the Vatican kitchens and featured the head chef and his nephew. The food descriptions were just mind blowing. Some of them were mouth watering and some of them were ones I would never eat. The artistry was unbe...

    ***#earc thanks to #netgalley for an honest review*** 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. But at the end of the novel, when the food is eaten, ...

    Talk about luscious literature! Crystal King?s new novel, set in 16th century Italy, is a work of culinary, biographical fiction about Bartolomeo Scappi, a man who was chef to popes and royalty, and the legacy he hands down to his protégé, Giovanni. ?The Chef?s Secret? is a m...

    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 histo...

    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 som...

    I received this from netgalley.com 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 protégé, Domenico Romol...

    Check out my Q&A with Crystal King for the Historical Novel Society! ...

  • Davida Chazan
    Feb 11, 2019

    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 ...

    Crystal King has a knack for writing about food that leaves you salivating and hungry for snacks at every turn and I absolutely love her second novel which is set in 1577. Bartolemeo Scappi, papal chef to Pope Gregory dies and his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, takes his place in...

    I first learned about this author from Catherine on the Sarah's Book Shelves podcast, episode 2 - I was intrigued by the concept of historical foodie fiction so I requested an eARC of The Chef's Secret from Edelweiss (this came out February 12, 2019.) Even though it took me a while ...

    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 kitche...

    When I first saw this title, it made me hungry. The cover art did nothing to help that situation either. The trey of wine and fruit looks so appealing and I couldn?t help but think that I needed to crack open a bottle of wine to commemorate the beginning of this book! Now if tr...

    This book was just so much fun to read. The story was set in the 1500's in the Vatican kitchens and featured the head chef and his nephew. The food descriptions were just mind blowing. Some of them were mouth watering and some of them were ones I would never eat. The artistry was unbe...

    ***#earc thanks to #netgalley for an honest review*** 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. But at the end of the novel, when the food is eaten, ...

    Talk about luscious literature! Crystal King?s new novel, set in 16th century Italy, is a work of culinary, biographical fiction about Bartolomeo Scappi, a man who was chef to popes and royalty, and the legacy he hands down to his protégé, Giovanni. ?The Chef?s Secret? is a m...

  • Maureen Crothall
    Dec 03, 2018

    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 ...

    Crystal King has a knack for writing about food that leaves you salivating and hungry for snacks at every turn and I absolutely love her second novel which is set in 1577. Bartolemeo Scappi, papal chef to Pope Gregory dies and his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, takes his place in...

    I first learned about this author from Catherine on the Sarah's Book Shelves podcast, episode 2 - I was intrigued by the concept of historical foodie fiction so I requested an eARC of The Chef's Secret from Edelweiss (this came out February 12, 2019.) Even though it took me a while ...

    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 kitche...

    When I first saw this title, it made me hungry. The cover art did nothing to help that situation either. The trey of wine and fruit looks so appealing and I couldn?t help but think that I needed to crack open a bottle of wine to commemorate the beginning of this book! Now if tr...

    This book was just so much fun to read. The story was set in the 1500's in the Vatican kitchens and featured the head chef and his nephew. The food descriptions were just mind blowing. Some of them were mouth watering and some of them were ones I would never eat. The artistry was unbe...

    ***#earc thanks to #netgalley for an honest review*** 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. But at the end of the novel, when the food is eaten, ...

    Talk about luscious literature! Crystal King?s new novel, set in 16th century Italy, is a work of culinary, biographical fiction about Bartolomeo Scappi, a man who was chef to popes and royalty, and the legacy he hands down to his protégé, Giovanni. ?The Chef?s Secret? is a m...

    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 histo...

    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 som...

    I received this from netgalley.com 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 protégé, Domenico Romol...

    Check out my Q&A with Crystal King for the Historical Novel Society! ...

    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 sco...

    This is a historical fiction story based on the life of Bartolomeo Scappi, a revered Italian Renaissance celebrity chef. Scappi was born in 1500 in Dumenza, Lombardy, Italy, and moved to the Vatican to chef for six popes. He was a contemporary of Michelangelo, and wrote a cookbook ...

    The year is 1577 and Bartolomeo Scappi, the famous Vatican chef, has died. Giovanni, his nephew who has long been his apprentice, has inherited almost everything, including his recipes and the many journals where his uncle has chronicled his life. He was supposed to burn them, but he w...

    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...

    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. ...

    Linda?s Book Obsession Reviews ?The Chef?s Secret? by Crystal King, Atria Books, February 12, 2019 Crystal King, Author of ?The Chef?s Secret? has written an intriguing, entertaining, captivating and unique novel. The Genres for this story are Fiction , Historical Fict...

    In 1577, Giovanni?s beloved uncle, chef Bartolomeo Scappi died. He left his entire estate to Giovanni, including two keys to strongboxes and instructions to burn, without reading, the contents of the boxes. Giovanni?s curiosity gets the better of him and he reads the most current j...

    In "The Chef's Secret," Crystal King returns with a great historical fiction full of family mysteries, secret romances, and delicious food. I loved her book "Feast of Sorrows" and was so looking forward to this book. I was definitely not disappointed! In this book, she takes us to Rome...

    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 b...

    Chef Bartolomeo Scappi, the head cook for the Popes during the 1500's in Rome, dies suddenly and leaves most of his estate to his nephew, apprentice Giovanni Scappi who then steps into the head cook role Giovanni is given Bartolomeo's cooking knife and a set of keys and is told to d...

    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...

    This book didn't have as much food as I would have liked. I was a little disappointed that the book was part fiction and some of the characters were made up to spin a story around the renowned Renaissance papal chef Scappi's life. However, it was well written and made for a decent rea...

    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. ...

  • Jenna
    Jan 09, 2019

    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 ...

  • Bandit
    Dec 21, 2018

    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 ...

    Crystal King has a knack for writing about food that leaves you salivating and hungry for snacks at every turn and I absolutely love her second novel which is set in 1577. Bartolemeo Scappi, papal chef to Pope Gregory dies and his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, takes his place in...

    I first learned about this author from Catherine on the Sarah's Book Shelves podcast, episode 2 - I was intrigued by the concept of historical foodie fiction so I requested an eARC of The Chef's Secret from Edelweiss (this came out February 12, 2019.) Even though it took me a while ...

    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 kitche...

    When I first saw this title, it made me hungry. The cover art did nothing to help that situation either. The trey of wine and fruit looks so appealing and I couldn?t help but think that I needed to crack open a bottle of wine to commemorate the beginning of this book! Now if tr...

    This book was just so much fun to read. The story was set in the 1500's in the Vatican kitchens and featured the head chef and his nephew. The food descriptions were just mind blowing. Some of them were mouth watering and some of them were ones I would never eat. The artistry was unbe...

    ***#earc thanks to #netgalley for an honest review*** 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. But at the end of the novel, when the food is eaten, ...

    Talk about luscious literature! Crystal King?s new novel, set in 16th century Italy, is a work of culinary, biographical fiction about Bartolomeo Scappi, a man who was chef to popes and royalty, and the legacy he hands down to his protégé, Giovanni. ?The Chef?s Secret? is a m...

    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 histo...

  • The Lit Bitch
    Feb 23, 2019

    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 ...

    Crystal King has a knack for writing about food that leaves you salivating and hungry for snacks at every turn and I absolutely love her second novel which is set in 1577. Bartolemeo Scappi, papal chef to Pope Gregory dies and his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, takes his place in...

    I first learned about this author from Catherine on the Sarah's Book Shelves podcast, episode 2 - I was intrigued by the concept of historical foodie fiction so I requested an eARC of The Chef's Secret from Edelweiss (this came out February 12, 2019.) Even though it took me a while ...

    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 kitche...

    When I first saw this title, it made me hungry. The cover art did nothing to help that situation either. The trey of wine and fruit looks so appealing and I couldn?t help but think that I needed to crack open a bottle of wine to commemorate the beginning of this book! Now if tr...

  • Susan Johnson
    Feb 14, 2019

    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 ...

    Crystal King has a knack for writing about food that leaves you salivating and hungry for snacks at every turn and I absolutely love her second novel which is set in 1577. Bartolemeo Scappi, papal chef to Pope Gregory dies and his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, takes his place in...

    I first learned about this author from Catherine on the Sarah's Book Shelves podcast, episode 2 - I was intrigued by the concept of historical foodie fiction so I requested an eARC of The Chef's Secret from Edelweiss (this came out February 12, 2019.) Even though it took me a while ...

    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 kitche...

    When I first saw this title, it made me hungry. The cover art did nothing to help that situation either. The trey of wine and fruit looks so appealing and I couldn?t help but think that I needed to crack open a bottle of wine to commemorate the beginning of this book! Now if tr...

    This book was just so much fun to read. The story was set in the 1500's in the Vatican kitchens and featured the head chef and his nephew. The food descriptions were just mind blowing. Some of them were mouth watering and some of them were ones I would never eat. The artistry was unbe...

  • Heather Webb
    Aug 21, 2018

    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 ...

    Crystal King has a knack for writing about food that leaves you salivating and hungry for snacks at every turn and I absolutely love her second novel which is set in 1577. Bartolemeo Scappi, papal chef to Pope Gregory dies and his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, takes his place in...

    I first learned about this author from Catherine on the Sarah's Book Shelves podcast, episode 2 - I was intrigued by the concept of historical foodie fiction so I requested an eARC of The Chef's Secret from Edelweiss (this came out February 12, 2019.) Even though it took me a while ...

    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 kitche...

  • Jenni Walsh
    Jan 27, 2019

    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 ...

    Crystal King has a knack for writing about food that leaves you salivating and hungry for snacks at every turn and I absolutely love her second novel which is set in 1577. Bartolemeo Scappi, papal chef to Pope Gregory dies and his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, takes his place in...

    I first learned about this author from Catherine on the Sarah's Book Shelves podcast, episode 2 - I was intrigued by the concept of historical foodie fiction so I requested an eARC of The Chef's Secret from Edelweiss (this came out February 12, 2019.) Even though it took me a while ...

    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 kitche...

    When I first saw this title, it made me hungry. The cover art did nothing to help that situation either. The trey of wine and fruit looks so appealing and I couldn?t help but think that I needed to crack open a bottle of wine to commemorate the beginning of this book! Now if tr...

    This book was just so much fun to read. The story was set in the 1500's in the Vatican kitchens and featured the head chef and his nephew. The food descriptions were just mind blowing. Some of them were mouth watering and some of them were ones I would never eat. The artistry was unbe...

    ***#earc thanks to #netgalley for an honest review*** 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. But at the end of the novel, when the food is eaten, ...

    Talk about luscious literature! Crystal King?s new novel, set in 16th century Italy, is a work of culinary, biographical fiction about Bartolomeo Scappi, a man who was chef to popes and royalty, and the legacy he hands down to his protégé, Giovanni. ?The Chef?s Secret? is a m...

    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 histo...

    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 som...

    I received this from netgalley.com 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 protégé, Domenico Romol...

    Check out my Q&A with Crystal King for the Historical Novel Society! ...

    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 sco...

    This is a historical fiction story based on the life of Bartolomeo Scappi, a revered Italian Renaissance celebrity chef. Scappi was born in 1500 in Dumenza, Lombardy, Italy, and moved to the Vatican to chef for six popes. He was a contemporary of Michelangelo, and wrote a cookbook ...

    The year is 1577 and Bartolomeo Scappi, the famous Vatican chef, has died. Giovanni, his nephew who has long been his apprentice, has inherited almost everything, including his recipes and the many journals where his uncle has chronicled his life. He was supposed to burn them, but he w...

    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...

    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. ...

    Linda?s Book Obsession Reviews ?The Chef?s Secret? by Crystal King, Atria Books, February 12, 2019 Crystal King, Author of ?The Chef?s Secret? has written an intriguing, entertaining, captivating and unique novel. The Genres for this story are Fiction , Historical Fict...

    In 1577, Giovanni?s beloved uncle, chef Bartolomeo Scappi died. He left his entire estate to Giovanni, including two keys to strongboxes and instructions to burn, without reading, the contents of the boxes. Giovanni?s curiosity gets the better of him and he reads the most current j...

    In "The Chef's Secret," Crystal King returns with a great historical fiction full of family mysteries, secret romances, and delicious food. I loved her book "Feast of Sorrows" and was so looking forward to this book. I was definitely not disappointed! In this book, she takes us to Rome...

    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 b...

    Chef Bartolomeo Scappi, the head cook for the Popes during the 1500's in Rome, dies suddenly and leaves most of his estate to his nephew, apprentice Giovanni Scappi who then steps into the head cook role Giovanni is given Bartolomeo's cooking knife and a set of keys and is told to d...

    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...

    This book didn't have as much food as I would have liked. I was a little disappointed that the book was part fiction and some of the characters were made up to spin a story around the renowned Renaissance papal chef Scappi's life. However, it was well written and made for a decent rea...

    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. ...

    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 a...

  • Gaele
    Feb 14, 2019

    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 ...

    Crystal King has a knack for writing about food that leaves you salivating and hungry for snacks at every turn and I absolutely love her second novel which is set in 1577. Bartolemeo Scappi, papal chef to Pope Gregory dies and his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, takes his place in...

    I first learned about this author from Catherine on the Sarah's Book Shelves podcast, episode 2 - I was intrigued by the concept of historical foodie fiction so I requested an eARC of The Chef's Secret from Edelweiss (this came out February 12, 2019.) Even though it took me a while ...

    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 kitche...

    When I first saw this title, it made me hungry. The cover art did nothing to help that situation either. The trey of wine and fruit looks so appealing and I couldn?t help but think that I needed to crack open a bottle of wine to commemorate the beginning of this book! Now if tr...

    This book was just so much fun to read. The story was set in the 1500's in the Vatican kitchens and featured the head chef and his nephew. The food descriptions were just mind blowing. Some of them were mouth watering and some of them were ones I would never eat. The artistry was unbe...

    ***#earc thanks to #netgalley for an honest review*** 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. But at the end of the novel, when the food is eaten, ...

    Talk about luscious literature! Crystal King?s new novel, set in 16th century Italy, is a work of culinary, biographical fiction about Bartolomeo Scappi, a man who was chef to popes and royalty, and the legacy he hands down to his protégé, Giovanni. ?The Chef?s Secret? is a m...

    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 histo...

    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 som...

    I received this from netgalley.com 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 protégé, Domenico Romol...

    Check out my Q&A with Crystal King for the Historical Novel Society! ...

    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 sco...

    This is a historical fiction story based on the life of Bartolomeo Scappi, a revered Italian Renaissance celebrity chef. Scappi was born in 1500 in Dumenza, Lombardy, Italy, and moved to the Vatican to chef for six popes. He was a contemporary of Michelangelo, and wrote a cookbook ...

    The year is 1577 and Bartolomeo Scappi, the famous Vatican chef, has died. Giovanni, his nephew who has long been his apprentice, has inherited almost everything, including his recipes and the many journals where his uncle has chronicled his life. He was supposed to burn them, but he w...

    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...

    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. ...

    Linda?s Book Obsession Reviews ?The Chef?s Secret? by Crystal King, Atria Books, February 12, 2019 Crystal King, Author of ?The Chef?s Secret? has written an intriguing, entertaining, captivating and unique novel. The Genres for this story are Fiction , Historical Fict...

    In 1577, Giovanni?s beloved uncle, chef Bartolomeo Scappi died. He left his entire estate to Giovanni, including two keys to strongboxes and instructions to burn, without reading, the contents of the boxes. Giovanni?s curiosity gets the better of him and he reads the most current j...

    In "The Chef's Secret," Crystal King returns with a great historical fiction full of family mysteries, secret romances, and delicious food. I loved her book "Feast of Sorrows" and was so looking forward to this book. I was definitely not disappointed! In this book, she takes us to Rome...

    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 b...

    Chef Bartolomeo Scappi, the head cook for the Popes during the 1500's in Rome, dies suddenly and leaves most of his estate to his nephew, apprentice Giovanni Scappi who then steps into the head cook role Giovanni is given Bartolomeo's cooking knife and a set of keys and is told to d...

    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...

    This book didn't have as much food as I would have liked. I was a little disappointed that the book was part fiction and some of the characters were made up to spin a story around the renowned Renaissance papal chef Scappi's life. However, it was well written and made for a decent rea...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    Editorial note: I received The Chef?s Secret in exchange for a review. For full review, please visit https://bookclubchat.com/books/review... The Chef?s Secret by Crystal King is an adventurous tale about the mysterious life of Bartolomeo Scappi, the legendary chef to several po...

    Giovanni is the nephew of Bartolomeo Scappi, a chef to popes and a man of many secrets. So many secrets that he had two chests of journals, many written with insets of cipher that contained the most ?delicate? matters, all left to the nephew Giovanni, along with a house, a small fo...

  • Linda Zagon
    Feb 03, 2019

    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 ...

    Crystal King has a knack for writing about food that leaves you salivating and hungry for snacks at every turn and I absolutely love her second novel which is set in 1577. Bartolemeo Scappi, papal chef to Pope Gregory dies and his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, takes his place in...

    I first learned about this author from Catherine on the Sarah's Book Shelves podcast, episode 2 - I was intrigued by the concept of historical foodie fiction so I requested an eARC of The Chef's Secret from Edelweiss (this came out February 12, 2019.) Even though it took me a while ...

    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 kitche...

    When I first saw this title, it made me hungry. The cover art did nothing to help that situation either. The trey of wine and fruit looks so appealing and I couldn?t help but think that I needed to crack open a bottle of wine to commemorate the beginning of this book! Now if tr...

    This book was just so much fun to read. The story was set in the 1500's in the Vatican kitchens and featured the head chef and his nephew. The food descriptions were just mind blowing. Some of them were mouth watering and some of them were ones I would never eat. The artistry was unbe...

    ***#earc thanks to #netgalley for an honest review*** 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. But at the end of the novel, when the food is eaten, ...

    Talk about luscious literature! Crystal King?s new novel, set in 16th century Italy, is a work of culinary, biographical fiction about Bartolomeo Scappi, a man who was chef to popes and royalty, and the legacy he hands down to his protégé, Giovanni. ?The Chef?s Secret? is a m...

    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 histo...

    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 som...

    I received this from netgalley.com 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 protégé, Domenico Romol...

    Check out my Q&A with Crystal King for the Historical Novel Society! ...

    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 sco...

    This is a historical fiction story based on the life of Bartolomeo Scappi, a revered Italian Renaissance celebrity chef. Scappi was born in 1500 in Dumenza, Lombardy, Italy, and moved to the Vatican to chef for six popes. He was a contemporary of Michelangelo, and wrote a cookbook ...

    The year is 1577 and Bartolomeo Scappi, the famous Vatican chef, has died. Giovanni, his nephew who has long been his apprentice, has inherited almost everything, including his recipes and the many journals where his uncle has chronicled his life. He was supposed to burn them, but he w...

    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...

    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. ...

    Linda?s Book Obsession Reviews ?The Chef?s Secret? by Crystal King, Atria Books, February 12, 2019 Crystal King, Author of ?The Chef?s Secret? has written an intriguing, entertaining, captivating and unique novel. The Genres for this story are Fiction , Historical Fict...

  • Linda Zagon
    Feb 03, 2019

    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 ...

    Crystal King has a knack for writing about food that leaves you salivating and hungry for snacks at every turn and I absolutely love her second novel which is set in 1577. Bartolemeo Scappi, papal chef to Pope Gregory dies and his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, takes his place in...

    I first learned about this author from Catherine on the Sarah's Book Shelves podcast, episode 2 - I was intrigued by the concept of historical foodie fiction so I requested an eARC of The Chef's Secret from Edelweiss (this came out February 12, 2019.) Even though it took me a while ...

    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 kitche...

    When I first saw this title, it made me hungry. The cover art did nothing to help that situation either. The trey of wine and fruit looks so appealing and I couldn?t help but think that I needed to crack open a bottle of wine to commemorate the beginning of this book! Now if tr...

    This book was just so much fun to read. The story was set in the 1500's in the Vatican kitchens and featured the head chef and his nephew. The food descriptions were just mind blowing. Some of them were mouth watering and some of them were ones I would never eat. The artistry was unbe...

    ***#earc thanks to #netgalley for an honest review*** 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. But at the end of the novel, when the food is eaten, ...

    Talk about luscious literature! Crystal King?s new novel, set in 16th century Italy, is a work of culinary, biographical fiction about Bartolomeo Scappi, a man who was chef to popes and royalty, and the legacy he hands down to his protégé, Giovanni. ?The Chef?s Secret? is a m...

    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 histo...

    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 som...

    I received this from netgalley.com 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 protégé, Domenico Romol...

    Check out my Q&A with Crystal King for the Historical Novel Society! ...

    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 sco...

    This is a historical fiction story based on the life of Bartolomeo Scappi, a revered Italian Renaissance celebrity chef. Scappi was born in 1500 in Dumenza, Lombardy, Italy, and moved to the Vatican to chef for six popes. He was a contemporary of Michelangelo, and wrote a cookbook ...

    The year is 1577 and Bartolomeo Scappi, the famous Vatican chef, has died. Giovanni, his nephew who has long been his apprentice, has inherited almost everything, including his recipes and the many journals where his uncle has chronicled his life. He was supposed to burn them, but he w...

    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...

    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. ...

    Linda?s Book Obsession Reviews ?The Chef?s Secret? by Crystal King, Atria Books, February 12, 2019 Crystal King, Author of ?The Chef?s Secret? has written an intriguing, entertaining, captivating and unique novel. The Genres for this story are Fiction , Historical Fict...

    In 1577, Giovanni?s beloved uncle, chef Bartolomeo Scappi died. He left his entire estate to Giovanni, including two keys to strongboxes and instructions to burn, without reading, the contents of the boxes. Giovanni?s curiosity gets the better of him and he reads the most current j...

    In "The Chef's Secret," Crystal King returns with a great historical fiction full of family mysteries, secret romances, and delicious food. I loved her book "Feast of Sorrows" and was so looking forward to this book. I was definitely not disappointed! In this book, she takes us to Rome...

    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 b...

    Chef Bartolomeo Scappi, the head cook for the Popes during the 1500's in Rome, dies suddenly and leaves most of his estate to his nephew, apprentice Giovanni Scappi who then steps into the head cook role Giovanni is given Bartolomeo's cooking knife and a set of keys and is told to d...

    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...

    This book didn't have as much food as I would have liked. I was a little disappointed that the book was part fiction and some of the characters were made up to spin a story around the renowned Renaissance papal chef Scappi's life. However, it was well written and made for a decent rea...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    Editorial note: I received The Chef?s Secret in exchange for a review. For full review, please visit https://bookclubchat.com/books/review... The Chef?s Secret by Crystal King is an adventurous tale about the mysterious life of Bartolomeo Scappi, the legendary chef to several po...

    Giovanni is the nephew of Bartolomeo Scappi, a chef to popes and a man of many secrets. So many secrets that he had two chests of journals, many written with insets of cipher that contained the most ?delicate? matters, all left to the nephew Giovanni, along with a house, a small fo...

    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...

    Linda?s Book Obsession Reviews ?The Chef?s Secret? by Crystal King, Atria Books, February 12, 2019 Crystal King, Author of ?The Chef?s Secret? has written an intriguing, entertaining, captivating and unique novel. The Genres for this story are Fiction , Historical Fict...

  • Reeda Booke
    Feb 25, 2019

    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 ...

    Crystal King has a knack for writing about food that leaves you salivating and hungry for snacks at every turn and I absolutely love her second novel which is set in 1577. Bartolemeo Scappi, papal chef to Pope Gregory dies and his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, takes his place in...

    I first learned about this author from Catherine on the Sarah's Book Shelves podcast, episode 2 - I was intrigued by the concept of historical foodie fiction so I requested an eARC of The Chef's Secret from Edelweiss (this came out February 12, 2019.) Even though it took me a while ...

    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 kitche...

    When I first saw this title, it made me hungry. The cover art did nothing to help that situation either. The trey of wine and fruit looks so appealing and I couldn?t help but think that I needed to crack open a bottle of wine to commemorate the beginning of this book! Now if tr...

    This book was just so much fun to read. The story was set in the 1500's in the Vatican kitchens and featured the head chef and his nephew. The food descriptions were just mind blowing. Some of them were mouth watering and some of them were ones I would never eat. The artistry was unbe...

    ***#earc thanks to #netgalley for an honest review*** 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. But at the end of the novel, when the food is eaten, ...

    Talk about luscious literature! Crystal King?s new novel, set in 16th century Italy, is a work of culinary, biographical fiction about Bartolomeo Scappi, a man who was chef to popes and royalty, and the legacy he hands down to his protégé, Giovanni. ?The Chef?s Secret? is a m...

    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 histo...

    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 som...

    I received this from netgalley.com 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 protégé, Domenico Romol...

    Check out my Q&A with Crystal King for the Historical Novel Society! ...

    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 sco...

    This is a historical fiction story based on the life of Bartolomeo Scappi, a revered Italian Renaissance celebrity chef. Scappi was born in 1500 in Dumenza, Lombardy, Italy, and moved to the Vatican to chef for six popes. He was a contemporary of Michelangelo, and wrote a cookbook ...

    The year is 1577 and Bartolomeo Scappi, the famous Vatican chef, has died. Giovanni, his nephew who has long been his apprentice, has inherited almost everything, including his recipes and the many journals where his uncle has chronicled his life. He was supposed to burn them, but he w...

  • Annette
    Dec 17, 2018

    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 ...

    Crystal King has a knack for writing about food that leaves you salivating and hungry for snacks at every turn and I absolutely love her second novel which is set in 1577. Bartolemeo Scappi, papal chef to Pope Gregory dies and his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, takes his place in...

    I first learned about this author from Catherine on the Sarah's Book Shelves podcast, episode 2 - I was intrigued by the concept of historical foodie fiction so I requested an eARC of The Chef's Secret from Edelweiss (this came out February 12, 2019.) Even though it took me a while ...

    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 kitche...

    When I first saw this title, it made me hungry. The cover art did nothing to help that situation either. The trey of wine and fruit looks so appealing and I couldn?t help but think that I needed to crack open a bottle of wine to commemorate the beginning of this book! Now if tr...

    This book was just so much fun to read. The story was set in the 1500's in the Vatican kitchens and featured the head chef and his nephew. The food descriptions were just mind blowing. Some of them were mouth watering and some of them were ones I would never eat. The artistry was unbe...

    ***#earc thanks to #netgalley for an honest review*** 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. But at the end of the novel, when the food is eaten, ...

    Talk about luscious literature! Crystal King?s new novel, set in 16th century Italy, is a work of culinary, biographical fiction about Bartolomeo Scappi, a man who was chef to popes and royalty, and the legacy he hands down to his protégé, Giovanni. ?The Chef?s Secret? is a m...

    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 histo...

    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 som...

  • Anjali Duva
    Nov 13, 2018

    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 ...

    Crystal King has a knack for writing about food that leaves you salivating and hungry for snacks at every turn and I absolutely love her second novel which is set in 1577. Bartolemeo Scappi, papal chef to Pope Gregory dies and his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, takes his place in...

    I first learned about this author from Catherine on the Sarah's Book Shelves podcast, episode 2 - I was intrigued by the concept of historical foodie fiction so I requested an eARC of The Chef's Secret from Edelweiss (this came out February 12, 2019.) Even though it took me a while ...

    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 kitche...

    When I first saw this title, it made me hungry. The cover art did nothing to help that situation either. The trey of wine and fruit looks so appealing and I couldn?t help but think that I needed to crack open a bottle of wine to commemorate the beginning of this book! Now if tr...

    This book was just so much fun to read. The story was set in the 1500's in the Vatican kitchens and featured the head chef and his nephew. The food descriptions were just mind blowing. Some of them were mouth watering and some of them were ones I would never eat. The artistry was unbe...

    ***#earc thanks to #netgalley for an honest review*** 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. But at the end of the novel, when the food is eaten, ...

    Talk about luscious literature! Crystal King?s new novel, set in 16th century Italy, is a work of culinary, biographical fiction about Bartolomeo Scappi, a man who was chef to popes and royalty, and the legacy he hands down to his protégé, Giovanni. ?The Chef?s Secret? is a m...

    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 histo...

    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 som...

    I received this from netgalley.com 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 protégé, Domenico Romol...

    Check out my Q&A with Crystal King for the Historical Novel Society! ...

    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 sco...

    This is a historical fiction story based on the life of Bartolomeo Scappi, a revered Italian Renaissance celebrity chef. Scappi was born in 1500 in Dumenza, Lombardy, Italy, and moved to the Vatican to chef for six popes. He was a contemporary of Michelangelo, and wrote a cookbook ...

    The year is 1577 and Bartolomeo Scappi, the famous Vatican chef, has died. Giovanni, his nephew who has long been his apprentice, has inherited almost everything, including his recipes and the many journals where his uncle has chronicled his life. He was supposed to burn them, but he w...

    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...

    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. ...

  • Shree
    Jan 31, 2019

    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 ...

    Crystal King has a knack for writing about food that leaves you salivating and hungry for snacks at every turn and I absolutely love her second novel which is set in 1577. Bartolemeo Scappi, papal chef to Pope Gregory dies and his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, takes his place in...

    I first learned about this author from Catherine on the Sarah's Book Shelves podcast, episode 2 - I was intrigued by the concept of historical foodie fiction so I requested an eARC of The Chef's Secret from Edelweiss (this came out February 12, 2019.) Even though it took me a while ...

    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 kitche...

    When I first saw this title, it made me hungry. The cover art did nothing to help that situation either. The trey of wine and fruit looks so appealing and I couldn?t help but think that I needed to crack open a bottle of wine to commemorate the beginning of this book! Now if tr...

    This book was just so much fun to read. The story was set in the 1500's in the Vatican kitchens and featured the head chef and his nephew. The food descriptions were just mind blowing. Some of them were mouth watering and some of them were ones I would never eat. The artistry was unbe...

    ***#earc thanks to #netgalley for an honest review*** 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. But at the end of the novel, when the food is eaten, ...

    Talk about luscious literature! Crystal King?s new novel, set in 16th century Italy, is a work of culinary, biographical fiction about Bartolomeo Scappi, a man who was chef to popes and royalty, and the legacy he hands down to his protégé, Giovanni. ?The Chef?s Secret? is a m...

    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 histo...

    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 som...

    I received this from netgalley.com 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 protégé, Domenico Romol...

    Check out my Q&A with Crystal King for the Historical Novel Society! ...

    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 sco...

    This is a historical fiction story based on the life of Bartolomeo Scappi, a revered Italian Renaissance celebrity chef. Scappi was born in 1500 in Dumenza, Lombardy, Italy, and moved to the Vatican to chef for six popes. He was a contemporary of Michelangelo, and wrote a cookbook ...

    The year is 1577 and Bartolomeo Scappi, the famous Vatican chef, has died. Giovanni, his nephew who has long been his apprentice, has inherited almost everything, including his recipes and the many journals where his uncle has chronicled his life. He was supposed to burn them, but he w...

    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...

    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. ...

    Linda?s Book Obsession Reviews ?The Chef?s Secret? by Crystal King, Atria Books, February 12, 2019 Crystal King, Author of ?The Chef?s Secret? has written an intriguing, entertaining, captivating and unique novel. The Genres for this story are Fiction , Historical Fict...

    In 1577, Giovanni?s beloved uncle, chef Bartolomeo Scappi died. He left his entire estate to Giovanni, including two keys to strongboxes and instructions to burn, without reading, the contents of the boxes. Giovanni?s curiosity gets the better of him and he reads the most current j...

    In "The Chef's Secret," Crystal King returns with a great historical fiction full of family mysteries, secret romances, and delicious food. I loved her book "Feast of Sorrows" and was so looking forward to this book. I was definitely not disappointed! In this book, she takes us to Rome...

    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 b...

    Chef Bartolomeo Scappi, the head cook for the Popes during the 1500's in Rome, dies suddenly and leaves most of his estate to his nephew, apprentice Giovanni Scappi who then steps into the head cook role Giovanni is given Bartolomeo's cooking knife and a set of keys and is told to d...

    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...

    This book didn't have as much food as I would have liked. I was a little disappointed that the book was part fiction and some of the characters were made up to spin a story around the renowned Renaissance papal chef Scappi's life. However, it was well written and made for a decent rea...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    Editorial note: I received The Chef?s Secret in exchange for a review. For full review, please visit https://bookclubchat.com/books/review... The Chef?s Secret by Crystal King is an adventurous tale about the mysterious life of Bartolomeo Scappi, the legendary chef to several po...

    Giovanni is the nephew of Bartolomeo Scappi, a chef to popes and a man of many secrets. So many secrets that he had two chests of journals, many written with insets of cipher that contained the most ?delicate? matters, all left to the nephew Giovanni, along with a house, a small fo...

    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...

  • Lisa Leone-campbell
    Feb 04, 2019

    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 ...

    Crystal King has a knack for writing about food that leaves you salivating and hungry for snacks at every turn and I absolutely love her second novel which is set in 1577. Bartolemeo Scappi, papal chef to Pope Gregory dies and his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, takes his place in...

    I first learned about this author from Catherine on the Sarah's Book Shelves podcast, episode 2 - I was intrigued by the concept of historical foodie fiction so I requested an eARC of The Chef's Secret from Edelweiss (this came out February 12, 2019.) Even though it took me a while ...

    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 kitche...

    When I first saw this title, it made me hungry. The cover art did nothing to help that situation either. The trey of wine and fruit looks so appealing and I couldn?t help but think that I needed to crack open a bottle of wine to commemorate the beginning of this book! Now if tr...

    This book was just so much fun to read. The story was set in the 1500's in the Vatican kitchens and featured the head chef and his nephew. The food descriptions were just mind blowing. Some of them were mouth watering and some of them were ones I would never eat. The artistry was unbe...

    ***#earc thanks to #netgalley for an honest review*** 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. But at the end of the novel, when the food is eaten, ...

    Talk about luscious literature! Crystal King?s new novel, set in 16th century Italy, is a work of culinary, biographical fiction about Bartolomeo Scappi, a man who was chef to popes and royalty, and the legacy he hands down to his protégé, Giovanni. ?The Chef?s Secret? is a m...

    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 histo...

    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 som...

    I received this from netgalley.com 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 protégé, Domenico Romol...

    Check out my Q&A with Crystal King for the Historical Novel Society! ...

    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 sco...

    This is a historical fiction story based on the life of Bartolomeo Scappi, a revered Italian Renaissance celebrity chef. Scappi was born in 1500 in Dumenza, Lombardy, Italy, and moved to the Vatican to chef for six popes. He was a contemporary of Michelangelo, and wrote a cookbook ...

    The year is 1577 and Bartolomeo Scappi, the famous Vatican chef, has died. Giovanni, his nephew who has long been his apprentice, has inherited almost everything, including his recipes and the many journals where his uncle has chronicled his life. He was supposed to burn them, but he w...

    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...

    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. ...

    Linda?s Book Obsession Reviews ?The Chef?s Secret? by Crystal King, Atria Books, February 12, 2019 Crystal King, Author of ?The Chef?s Secret? has written an intriguing, entertaining, captivating and unique novel. The Genres for this story are Fiction , Historical Fict...

    In 1577, Giovanni?s beloved uncle, chef Bartolomeo Scappi died. He left his entire estate to Giovanni, including two keys to strongboxes and instructions to burn, without reading, the contents of the boxes. Giovanni?s curiosity gets the better of him and he reads the most current j...

    In "The Chef's Secret," Crystal King returns with a great historical fiction full of family mysteries, secret romances, and delicious food. I loved her book "Feast of Sorrows" and was so looking forward to this book. I was definitely not disappointed! In this book, she takes us to Rome...

    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 b...

    Chef Bartolomeo Scappi, the head cook for the Popes during the 1500's in Rome, dies suddenly and leaves most of his estate to his nephew, apprentice Giovanni Scappi who then steps into the head cook role Giovanni is given Bartolomeo's cooking knife and a set of keys and is told to d...

  • Joshualyn Prater
    Dec 28, 2018

    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 ...

    Crystal King has a knack for writing about food that leaves you salivating and hungry for snacks at every turn and I absolutely love her second novel which is set in 1577. Bartolemeo Scappi, papal chef to Pope Gregory dies and his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, takes his place in...

    I first learned about this author from Catherine on the Sarah's Book Shelves podcast, episode 2 - I was intrigued by the concept of historical foodie fiction so I requested an eARC of The Chef's Secret from Edelweiss (this came out February 12, 2019.) Even though it took me a while ...

    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 kitche...

    When I first saw this title, it made me hungry. The cover art did nothing to help that situation either. The trey of wine and fruit looks so appealing and I couldn?t help but think that I needed to crack open a bottle of wine to commemorate the beginning of this book! Now if tr...

    This book was just so much fun to read. The story was set in the 1500's in the Vatican kitchens and featured the head chef and his nephew. The food descriptions were just mind blowing. Some of them were mouth watering and some of them were ones I would never eat. The artistry was unbe...

    ***#earc thanks to #netgalley for an honest review*** 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. But at the end of the novel, when the food is eaten, ...

    Talk about luscious literature! Crystal King?s new novel, set in 16th century Italy, is a work of culinary, biographical fiction about Bartolomeo Scappi, a man who was chef to popes and royalty, and the legacy he hands down to his protégé, Giovanni. ?The Chef?s Secret? is a m...

    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 histo...

    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 som...

    I received this from netgalley.com 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 protégé, Domenico Romol...

    Check out my Q&A with Crystal King for the Historical Novel Society! ...

    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 sco...

    This is a historical fiction story based on the life of Bartolomeo Scappi, a revered Italian Renaissance celebrity chef. Scappi was born in 1500 in Dumenza, Lombardy, Italy, and moved to the Vatican to chef for six popes. He was a contemporary of Michelangelo, and wrote a cookbook ...

    The year is 1577 and Bartolomeo Scappi, the famous Vatican chef, has died. Giovanni, his nephew who has long been his apprentice, has inherited almost everything, including his recipes and the many journals where his uncle has chronicled his life. He was supposed to burn them, but he w...

    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...

    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. ...

    Linda?s Book Obsession Reviews ?The Chef?s Secret? by Crystal King, Atria Books, February 12, 2019 Crystal King, Author of ?The Chef?s Secret? has written an intriguing, entertaining, captivating and unique novel. The Genres for this story are Fiction , Historical Fict...

    In 1577, Giovanni?s beloved uncle, chef Bartolomeo Scappi died. He left his entire estate to Giovanni, including two keys to strongboxes and instructions to burn, without reading, the contents of the boxes. Giovanni?s curiosity gets the better of him and he reads the most current j...

    In "The Chef's Secret," Crystal King returns with a great historical fiction full of family mysteries, secret romances, and delicious food. I loved her book "Feast of Sorrows" and was so looking forward to this book. I was definitely not disappointed! In this book, she takes us to Rome...

    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 b...

  • Heather
    Mar 16, 2019

    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 ...

    Crystal King has a knack for writing about food that leaves you salivating and hungry for snacks at every turn and I absolutely love her second novel which is set in 1577. Bartolemeo Scappi, papal chef to Pope Gregory dies and his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, takes his place in...

    I first learned about this author from Catherine on the Sarah's Book Shelves podcast, episode 2 - I was intrigued by the concept of historical foodie fiction so I requested an eARC of The Chef's Secret from Edelweiss (this came out February 12, 2019.) Even though it took me a while ...

    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 kitche...

    When I first saw this title, it made me hungry. The cover art did nothing to help that situation either. The trey of wine and fruit looks so appealing and I couldn?t help but think that I needed to crack open a bottle of wine to commemorate the beginning of this book! Now if tr...

    This book was just so much fun to read. The story was set in the 1500's in the Vatican kitchens and featured the head chef and his nephew. The food descriptions were just mind blowing. Some of them were mouth watering and some of them were ones I would never eat. The artistry was unbe...

    ***#earc thanks to #netgalley for an honest review*** 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. But at the end of the novel, when the food is eaten, ...

    Talk about luscious literature! Crystal King?s new novel, set in 16th century Italy, is a work of culinary, biographical fiction about Bartolomeo Scappi, a man who was chef to popes and royalty, and the legacy he hands down to his protégé, Giovanni. ?The Chef?s Secret? is a m...

    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 histo...

    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 som...

    I received this from netgalley.com 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 protégé, Domenico Romol...

    Check out my Q&A with Crystal King for the Historical Novel Society! ...

    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 sco...

    This is a historical fiction story based on the life of Bartolomeo Scappi, a revered Italian Renaissance celebrity chef. Scappi was born in 1500 in Dumenza, Lombardy, Italy, and moved to the Vatican to chef for six popes. He was a contemporary of Michelangelo, and wrote a cookbook ...

    The year is 1577 and Bartolomeo Scappi, the famous Vatican chef, has died. Giovanni, his nephew who has long been his apprentice, has inherited almost everything, including his recipes and the many journals where his uncle has chronicled his life. He was supposed to burn them, but he w...

    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...

    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. ...

    Linda?s Book Obsession Reviews ?The Chef?s Secret? by Crystal King, Atria Books, February 12, 2019 Crystal King, Author of ?The Chef?s Secret? has written an intriguing, entertaining, captivating and unique novel. The Genres for this story are Fiction , Historical Fict...

    In 1577, Giovanni?s beloved uncle, chef Bartolomeo Scappi died. He left his entire estate to Giovanni, including two keys to strongboxes and instructions to burn, without reading, the contents of the boxes. Giovanni?s curiosity gets the better of him and he reads the most current j...

    In "The Chef's Secret," Crystal King returns with a great historical fiction full of family mysteries, secret romances, and delicious food. I loved her book "Feast of Sorrows" and was so looking forward to this book. I was definitely not disappointed! In this book, she takes us to Rome...

    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 b...

    Chef Bartolomeo Scappi, the head cook for the Popes during the 1500's in Rome, dies suddenly and leaves most of his estate to his nephew, apprentice Giovanni Scappi who then steps into the head cook role Giovanni is given Bartolomeo's cooking knife and a set of keys and is told to d...

    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...

    This book didn't have as much food as I would have liked. I was a little disappointed that the book was part fiction and some of the characters were made up to spin a story around the renowned Renaissance papal chef Scappi's life. However, it was well written and made for a decent rea...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    Editorial note: I received The Chef?s Secret in exchange for a review. For full review, please visit https://bookclubchat.com/books/review... The Chef?s Secret by Crystal King is an adventurous tale about the mysterious life of Bartolomeo Scappi, the legendary chef to several po...

  • Roshna Sriram
    Apr 03, 2019

    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 ...

    Crystal King has a knack for writing about food that leaves you salivating and hungry for snacks at every turn and I absolutely love her second novel which is set in 1577. Bartolemeo Scappi, papal chef to Pope Gregory dies and his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, takes his place in...

    I first learned about this author from Catherine on the Sarah's Book Shelves podcast, episode 2 - I was intrigued by the concept of historical foodie fiction so I requested an eARC of The Chef's Secret from Edelweiss (this came out February 12, 2019.) Even though it took me a while ...

    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 kitche...

    When I first saw this title, it made me hungry. The cover art did nothing to help that situation either. The trey of wine and fruit looks so appealing and I couldn?t help but think that I needed to crack open a bottle of wine to commemorate the beginning of this book! Now if tr...

    This book was just so much fun to read. The story was set in the 1500's in the Vatican kitchens and featured the head chef and his nephew. The food descriptions were just mind blowing. Some of them were mouth watering and some of them were ones I would never eat. The artistry was unbe...

    ***#earc thanks to #netgalley for an honest review*** 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. But at the end of the novel, when the food is eaten, ...

    Talk about luscious literature! Crystal King?s new novel, set in 16th century Italy, is a work of culinary, biographical fiction about Bartolomeo Scappi, a man who was chef to popes and royalty, and the legacy he hands down to his protégé, Giovanni. ?The Chef?s Secret? is a m...

    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 histo...

    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 som...

    I received this from netgalley.com 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 protégé, Domenico Romol...

    Check out my Q&A with Crystal King for the Historical Novel Society! ...

    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 sco...

    This is a historical fiction story based on the life of Bartolomeo Scappi, a revered Italian Renaissance celebrity chef. Scappi was born in 1500 in Dumenza, Lombardy, Italy, and moved to the Vatican to chef for six popes. He was a contemporary of Michelangelo, and wrote a cookbook ...

    The year is 1577 and Bartolomeo Scappi, the famous Vatican chef, has died. Giovanni, his nephew who has long been his apprentice, has inherited almost everything, including his recipes and the many journals where his uncle has chronicled his life. He was supposed to burn them, but he w...

    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...

    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. ...

    Linda?s Book Obsession Reviews ?The Chef?s Secret? by Crystal King, Atria Books, February 12, 2019 Crystal King, Author of ?The Chef?s Secret? has written an intriguing, entertaining, captivating and unique novel. The Genres for this story are Fiction , Historical Fict...

    In 1577, Giovanni?s beloved uncle, chef Bartolomeo Scappi died. He left his entire estate to Giovanni, including two keys to strongboxes and instructions to burn, without reading, the contents of the boxes. Giovanni?s curiosity gets the better of him and he reads the most current j...

    In "The Chef's Secret," Crystal King returns with a great historical fiction full of family mysteries, secret romances, and delicious food. I loved her book "Feast of Sorrows" and was so looking forward to this book. I was definitely not disappointed! In this book, she takes us to Rome...

    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 b...

    Chef Bartolomeo Scappi, the head cook for the Popes during the 1500's in Rome, dies suddenly and leaves most of his estate to his nephew, apprentice Giovanni Scappi who then steps into the head cook role Giovanni is given Bartolomeo's cooking knife and a set of keys and is told to d...

    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...

    This book didn't have as much food as I would have liked. I was a little disappointed that the book was part fiction and some of the characters were made up to spin a story around the renowned Renaissance papal chef Scappi's life. However, it was well written and made for a decent rea...

  • Ace
    Feb 03, 2019

    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 ...

    Crystal King has a knack for writing about food that leaves you salivating and hungry for snacks at every turn and I absolutely love her second novel which is set in 1577. Bartolemeo Scappi, papal chef to Pope Gregory dies and his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, takes his place in...

  • Karen Kay
    Jan 07, 2019

    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 ...

    Crystal King has a knack for writing about food that leaves you salivating and hungry for snacks at every turn and I absolutely love her second novel which is set in 1577. Bartolemeo Scappi, papal chef to Pope Gregory dies and his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, takes his place in...

    I first learned about this author from Catherine on the Sarah's Book Shelves podcast, episode 2 - I was intrigued by the concept of historical foodie fiction so I requested an eARC of The Chef's Secret from Edelweiss (this came out February 12, 2019.) Even though it took me a while ...

    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 kitche...

    When I first saw this title, it made me hungry. The cover art did nothing to help that situation either. The trey of wine and fruit looks so appealing and I couldn?t help but think that I needed to crack open a bottle of wine to commemorate the beginning of this book! Now if tr...

    This book was just so much fun to read. The story was set in the 1500's in the Vatican kitchens and featured the head chef and his nephew. The food descriptions were just mind blowing. Some of them were mouth watering and some of them were ones I would never eat. The artistry was unbe...

    ***#earc thanks to #netgalley for an honest review*** 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. But at the end of the novel, when the food is eaten, ...

    Talk about luscious literature! Crystal King?s new novel, set in 16th century Italy, is a work of culinary, biographical fiction about Bartolomeo Scappi, a man who was chef to popes and royalty, and the legacy he hands down to his protégé, Giovanni. ?The Chef?s Secret? is a m...

    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 histo...

    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 som...

    I received this from netgalley.com 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 protégé, Domenico Romol...

  • Critterbee❇
    Apr 21, 2019

    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 ...

    Crystal King has a knack for writing about food that leaves you salivating and hungry for snacks at every turn and I absolutely love her second novel which is set in 1577. Bartolemeo Scappi, papal chef to Pope Gregory dies and his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, takes his place in...

    I first learned about this author from Catherine on the Sarah's Book Shelves podcast, episode 2 - I was intrigued by the concept of historical foodie fiction so I requested an eARC of The Chef's Secret from Edelweiss (this came out February 12, 2019.) Even though it took me a while ...

    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 kitche...

    When I first saw this title, it made me hungry. The cover art did nothing to help that situation either. The trey of wine and fruit looks so appealing and I couldn?t help but think that I needed to crack open a bottle of wine to commemorate the beginning of this book! Now if tr...

    This book was just so much fun to read. The story was set in the 1500's in the Vatican kitchens and featured the head chef and his nephew. The food descriptions were just mind blowing. Some of them were mouth watering and some of them were ones I would never eat. The artistry was unbe...

    ***#earc thanks to #netgalley for an honest review*** 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. But at the end of the novel, when the food is eaten, ...

    Talk about luscious literature! Crystal King?s new novel, set in 16th century Italy, is a work of culinary, biographical fiction about Bartolomeo Scappi, a man who was chef to popes and royalty, and the legacy he hands down to his protégé, Giovanni. ?The Chef?s Secret? is a m...

    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 histo...

    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 som...

    I received this from netgalley.com 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 protégé, Domenico Romol...

    Check out my Q&A with Crystal King for the Historical Novel Society! ...

    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 sco...

    This is a historical fiction story based on the life of Bartolomeo Scappi, a revered Italian Renaissance celebrity chef. Scappi was born in 1500 in Dumenza, Lombardy, Italy, and moved to the Vatican to chef for six popes. He was a contemporary of Michelangelo, and wrote a cookbook ...

  • Mellie Antoinette
    Apr 16, 2019

    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 ...

    Crystal King has a knack for writing about food that leaves you salivating and hungry for snacks at every turn and I absolutely love her second novel which is set in 1577. Bartolemeo Scappi, papal chef to Pope Gregory dies and his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, takes his place in...

    I first learned about this author from Catherine on the Sarah's Book Shelves podcast, episode 2 - I was intrigued by the concept of historical foodie fiction so I requested an eARC of The Chef's Secret from Edelweiss (this came out February 12, 2019.) Even though it took me a while ...

    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 kitche...

    When I first saw this title, it made me hungry. The cover art did nothing to help that situation either. The trey of wine and fruit looks so appealing and I couldn?t help but think that I needed to crack open a bottle of wine to commemorate the beginning of this book! Now if tr...

    This book was just so much fun to read. The story was set in the 1500's in the Vatican kitchens and featured the head chef and his nephew. The food descriptions were just mind blowing. Some of them were mouth watering and some of them were ones I would never eat. The artistry was unbe...

    ***#earc thanks to #netgalley for an honest review*** 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. But at the end of the novel, when the food is eaten, ...

  • Jypsy
    Jan 14, 2019

    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 ...

    Crystal King has a knack for writing about food that leaves you salivating and hungry for snacks at every turn and I absolutely love her second novel which is set in 1577. Bartolemeo Scappi, papal chef to Pope Gregory dies and his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, takes his place in...

    I first learned about this author from Catherine on the Sarah's Book Shelves podcast, episode 2 - I was intrigued by the concept of historical foodie fiction so I requested an eARC of The Chef's Secret from Edelweiss (this came out February 12, 2019.) Even though it took me a while ...

    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 kitche...

    When I first saw this title, it made me hungry. The cover art did nothing to help that situation either. The trey of wine and fruit looks so appealing and I couldn?t help but think that I needed to crack open a bottle of wine to commemorate the beginning of this book! Now if tr...

    This book was just so much fun to read. The story was set in the 1500's in the Vatican kitchens and featured the head chef and his nephew. The food descriptions were just mind blowing. Some of them were mouth watering and some of them were ones I would never eat. The artistry was unbe...

    ***#earc thanks to #netgalley for an honest review*** 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. But at the end of the novel, when the food is eaten, ...

    Talk about luscious literature! Crystal King?s new novel, set in 16th century Italy, is a work of culinary, biographical fiction about Bartolomeo Scappi, a man who was chef to popes and royalty, and the legacy he hands down to his protégé, Giovanni. ?The Chef?s Secret? is a m...

    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 histo...

    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 som...

    I received this from netgalley.com 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 protégé, Domenico Romol...

    Check out my Q&A with Crystal King for the Historical Novel Society! ...

    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 sco...

    This is a historical fiction story based on the life of Bartolomeo Scappi, a revered Italian Renaissance celebrity chef. Scappi was born in 1500 in Dumenza, Lombardy, Italy, and moved to the Vatican to chef for six popes. He was a contemporary of Michelangelo, and wrote a cookbook ...

    The year is 1577 and Bartolomeo Scappi, the famous Vatican chef, has died. Giovanni, his nephew who has long been his apprentice, has inherited almost everything, including his recipes and the many journals where his uncle has chronicled his life. He was supposed to burn them, but he w...

    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...

    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. ...

    Linda?s Book Obsession Reviews ?The Chef?s Secret? by Crystal King, Atria Books, February 12, 2019 Crystal King, Author of ?The Chef?s Secret? has written an intriguing, entertaining, captivating and unique novel. The Genres for this story are Fiction , Historical Fict...

    In 1577, Giovanni?s beloved uncle, chef Bartolomeo Scappi died. He left his entire estate to Giovanni, including two keys to strongboxes and instructions to burn, without reading, the contents of the boxes. Giovanni?s curiosity gets the better of him and he reads the most current j...

    In "The Chef's Secret," Crystal King returns with a great historical fiction full of family mysteries, secret romances, and delicious food. I loved her book "Feast of Sorrows" and was so looking forward to this book. I was definitely not disappointed! In this book, she takes us to Rome...

    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 b...

    Chef Bartolomeo Scappi, the head cook for the Popes during the 1500's in Rome, dies suddenly and leaves most of his estate to his nephew, apprentice Giovanni Scappi who then steps into the head cook role Giovanni is given Bartolomeo's cooking knife and a set of keys and is told to d...

    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...