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

    I?ve wanted to read a Crystal King novel for some time, and I?m excited to have started with The Chef?s Secret! ? ? ? ? Renaissance Italy comes to life in this beautiful novel rich in historical detail. At the center of the story is Bartolomeo Scappi, the well-known a...

    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...

    Medieval history has always been my favorite time period, which is why I minored in medieval history while earning my Bachelor's degree. I also love my historical fiction to be based on real people and real events then throw in the fact that Italy is my favorite place in the whole worl...

    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...

    Months ago, I was given the chance to feature this book on its release day. When i featured the release, I was sad that it wasn't available for review. But then, as opportunity would have it, The Chef's Secret became available to review and I jumped at the chance. To say that I am exci...

    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 ...

    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...

    Warning: Don't read this book on an empty stomach! Scrumptious food, mystery, and forbidden romance merge in a masterful way in this un-put-down-able historical from Crystal King! When Bartolomeo Scappi, a famous Italian chef who works for the Pope, dies he gives his estate to h...

    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

    I?ve wanted to read a Crystal King novel for some time, and I?m excited to have started with The Chef?s Secret! ? ? ? ? Renaissance Italy comes to life in this beautiful novel rich in historical detail. At the center of the story is Bartolomeo Scappi, the well-known a...

    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

    I?ve wanted to read a Crystal King novel for some time, and I?m excited to have started with The Chef?s Secret! ? ? ? ? Renaissance Italy comes to life in this beautiful novel rich in historical detail. At the center of the story is Bartolomeo Scappi, the well-known a...

    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...

    Medieval history has always been my favorite time period, which is why I minored in medieval history while earning my Bachelor's degree. I also love my historical fiction to be based on real people and real events then throw in the fact that Italy is my favorite place in the whole worl...

    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...

    Months ago, I was given the chance to feature this book on its release day. When i featured the release, I was sad that it wasn't available for review. But then, as opportunity would have it, The Chef's Secret became available to review and I jumped at the chance. To say that I am exci...

    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 ...

    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...

    Warning: Don't read this book on an empty stomach! Scrumptious food, mystery, and forbidden romance merge in a masterful way in this un-put-down-able historical from Crystal King! When Bartolomeo Scappi, a famous Italian chef who works for the Pope, dies he gives his estate to h...

    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...

    Bartolomeo Scappi, the cuoco secreto to the pope died suddenly in 1577. In his will Barto leaves his estate and name to his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni. When Giovanni is readying himself to take over his uncle's role, another kitchen apprentice tells him that upon his deathbed Bart...

    I have to admit when I think of Renaissance Italy I don't think of food, I think of art, but then again food is art. This book is about the life of Bartolomeo Scappi chef to many popes. His life is a lot more than you'd think and its brought to you care of ciphered journals tha...

    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

    I?ve wanted to read a Crystal King novel for some time, and I?m excited to have started with The Chef?s Secret! ? ? ? ? Renaissance Italy comes to life in this beautiful novel rich in historical detail. At the center of the story is Bartolomeo Scappi, the well-known a...

    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...

    Medieval history has always been my favorite time period, which is why I minored in medieval history while earning my Bachelor's degree. I also love my historical fiction to be based on real people and real events then throw in the fact that Italy is my favorite place in the whole worl...

    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...

    Months ago, I was given the chance to feature this book on its release day. When i featured the release, I was sad that it wasn't available for review. But then, as opportunity would have it, The Chef's Secret became available to review and I jumped at the chance. To say that I am exci...

    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 ...

    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...

    Warning: Don't read this book on an empty stomach! Scrumptious food, mystery, and forbidden romance merge in a masterful way in this un-put-down-able historical from Crystal King! When Bartolomeo Scappi, a famous Italian chef who works for the Pope, dies he gives his estate to h...

    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...

    Bartolomeo Scappi, the cuoco secreto to the pope died suddenly in 1577. In his will Barto leaves his estate and name to his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni. When Giovanni is readying himself to take over his uncle's role, another kitchen apprentice tells him that upon his deathbed Bart...

    I have to admit when I think of Renaissance Italy I don't think of food, I think of art, but then again food is art. This book is about the life of Bartolomeo Scappi chef to many popes. His life is a lot more than you'd think and its brought to you care of ciphered journals tha...

    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...

    I really loved this book -- the food, the characters, the swashbuckling, the suspense, the mystery, the history -- all equally intriguing. It would make a fantastic movie. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    Predictable and easy to guess who's who? Yep....Even if it guessing who stabs who was a tiny bit more difficult ?, Now now ,albeit true that the story in itself isn't mind blowing, the genuine joy here lies in the setting for the star crossed lovers to tell their tale....courtesy o...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Amy Bruno
    Jun 16, 2019

    I?ve wanted to read a Crystal King novel for some time, and I?m excited to have started with The Chef?s Secret! ? ? ? ? Renaissance Italy comes to life in this beautiful novel rich in historical detail. At the center of the story is Bartolomeo Scappi, the well-known a...

    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...

    Medieval history has always been my favorite time period, which is why I minored in medieval history while earning my Bachelor's degree. I also love my historical fiction to be based on real people and real events then throw in the fact that Italy is my favorite place in the whole worl...

    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...

    Months ago, I was given the chance to feature this book on its release day. When i featured the release, I was sad that it wasn't available for review. But then, as opportunity would have it, The Chef's Secret became available to review and I jumped at the chance. To say that I am exci...

    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 ...

    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...

    Warning: Don't read this book on an empty stomach! Scrumptious food, mystery, and forbidden romance merge in a masterful way in this un-put-down-able historical from Crystal King! When Bartolomeo Scappi, a famous Italian chef who works for the Pope, dies he gives his estate to h...

  • Andrea Guy
    Jun 25, 2019

    I?ve wanted to read a Crystal King novel for some time, and I?m excited to have started with The Chef?s Secret! ? ? ? ? Renaissance Italy comes to life in this beautiful novel rich in historical detail. At the center of the story is Bartolomeo Scappi, the well-known a...

    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...

    Medieval history has always been my favorite time period, which is why I minored in medieval history while earning my Bachelor's degree. I also love my historical fiction to be based on real people and real events then throw in the fact that Italy is my favorite place in the whole worl...

    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...

    Months ago, I was given the chance to feature this book on its release day. When i featured the release, I was sad that it wasn't available for review. But then, as opportunity would have it, The Chef's Secret became available to review and I jumped at the chance. To say that I am exci...

    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 ...

    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...

    Warning: Don't read this book on an empty stomach! Scrumptious food, mystery, and forbidden romance merge in a masterful way in this un-put-down-able historical from Crystal King! When Bartolomeo Scappi, a famous Italian chef who works for the Pope, dies he gives his estate to h...

    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...

    Bartolomeo Scappi, the cuoco secreto to the pope died suddenly in 1577. In his will Barto leaves his estate and name to his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni. When Giovanni is readying himself to take over his uncle's role, another kitchen apprentice tells him that upon his deathbed Bart...

    I have to admit when I think of Renaissance Italy I don't think of food, I think of art, but then again food is art. This book is about the life of Bartolomeo Scappi chef to many popes. His life is a lot more than you'd think and its brought to you care of ciphered journals tha...

  • Pamela
    Feb 06, 2019

    I?ve wanted to read a Crystal King novel for some time, and I?m excited to have started with The Chef?s Secret! ? ? ? ? Renaissance Italy comes to life in this beautiful novel rich in historical detail. At the center of the story is Bartolomeo Scappi, the well-known a...

    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...

    Medieval history has always been my favorite time period, which is why I minored in medieval history while earning my Bachelor's degree. I also love my historical fiction to be based on real people and real events then throw in the fact that Italy is my favorite place in the whole worl...

    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...

    Months ago, I was given the chance to feature this book on its release day. When i featured the release, I was sad that it wasn't available for review. But then, as opportunity would have it, The Chef's Secret became available to review and I jumped at the chance. To say that I am exci...

    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 ...

    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...

    Warning: Don't read this book on an empty stomach! Scrumptious food, mystery, and forbidden romance merge in a masterful way in this un-put-down-able historical from Crystal King! When Bartolomeo Scappi, a famous Italian chef who works for the Pope, dies he gives his estate to h...

    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...

    Bartolomeo Scappi, the cuoco secreto to the pope died suddenly in 1577. In his will Barto leaves his estate and name to his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni. When Giovanni is readying himself to take over his uncle's role, another kitchen apprentice tells him that upon his deathbed Bart...

    I have to admit when I think of Renaissance Italy I don't think of food, I think of art, but then again food is art. This book is about the life of Bartolomeo Scappi chef to many popes. His life is a lot more than you'd think and its brought to you care of ciphered journals tha...

    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...

    I really loved this book -- the food, the characters, the swashbuckling, the suspense, the mystery, the history -- all equally intriguing. It would make a fantastic movie. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    Predictable and easy to guess who's who? Yep....Even if it guessing who stabs who was a tiny bit more difficult ?, Now now ,albeit true that the story in itself isn't mind blowing, the genuine joy here lies in the setting for the star crossed lovers to tell their tale....courtesy o...

    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

    I?ve wanted to read a Crystal King novel for some time, and I?m excited to have started with The Chef?s Secret! ? ? ? ? Renaissance Italy comes to life in this beautiful novel rich in historical detail. At the center of the story is Bartolomeo Scappi, the well-known a...

    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...

    Medieval history has always been my favorite time period, which is why I minored in medieval history while earning my Bachelor's degree. I also love my historical fiction to be based on real people and real events then throw in the fact that Italy is my favorite place in the whole worl...

    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...

    Months ago, I was given the chance to feature this book on its release day. When i featured the release, I was sad that it wasn't available for review. But then, as opportunity would have it, The Chef's Secret became available to review and I jumped at the chance. To say that I am exci...

    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 ...

    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...

    Warning: Don't read this book on an empty stomach! Scrumptious food, mystery, and forbidden romance merge in a masterful way in this un-put-down-able historical from Crystal King! When Bartolomeo Scappi, a famous Italian chef who works for the Pope, dies he gives his estate to h...

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

  • Davida Chazan
    Feb 11, 2019

    I?ve wanted to read a Crystal King novel for some time, and I?m excited to have started with The Chef?s Secret! ? ? ? ? Renaissance Italy comes to life in this beautiful novel rich in historical detail. At the center of the story is Bartolomeo Scappi, the well-known a...

    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...

    Medieval history has always been my favorite time period, which is why I minored in medieval history while earning my Bachelor's degree. I also love my historical fiction to be based on real people and real events then throw in the fact that Italy is my favorite place in the whole worl...

    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...

  • Jenna
    Jan 09, 2019

    I?ve wanted to read a Crystal King novel for some time, and I?m excited to have started with The Chef?s Secret! ? ? ? ? Renaissance Italy comes to life in this beautiful novel rich in historical detail. At the center of the story is Bartolomeo Scappi, the well-known a...

    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

    I?ve wanted to read a Crystal King novel for some time, and I?m excited to have started with The Chef?s Secret! ? ? ? ? Renaissance Italy comes to life in this beautiful novel rich in historical detail. At the center of the story is Bartolomeo Scappi, the well-known a...

    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...

    Medieval history has always been my favorite time period, which is why I minored in medieval history while earning my Bachelor's degree. I also love my historical fiction to be based on real people and real events then throw in the fact that Italy is my favorite place in the whole worl...

    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

    I?ve wanted to read a Crystal King novel for some time, and I?m excited to have started with The Chef?s Secret! ? ? ? ? Renaissance Italy comes to life in this beautiful novel rich in historical detail. At the center of the story is Bartolomeo Scappi, the well-known a...

    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

    I?ve wanted to read a Crystal King novel for some time, and I?m excited to have started with The Chef?s Secret! ? ? ? ? Renaissance Italy comes to life in this beautiful novel rich in historical detail. At the center of the story is Bartolomeo Scappi, the well-known a...

    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...

    Medieval history has always been my favorite time period, which is why I minored in medieval history while earning my Bachelor's degree. I also love my historical fiction to be based on real people and real events then throw in the fact that Italy is my favorite place in the whole worl...

    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

    I?ve wanted to read a Crystal King novel for some time, and I?m excited to have started with The Chef?s Secret! ? ? ? ? Renaissance Italy comes to life in this beautiful novel rich in historical detail. At the center of the story is Bartolomeo Scappi, the well-known a...

    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...

  • Amy
    Jun 23, 2019

    I?ve wanted to read a Crystal King novel for some time, and I?m excited to have started with The Chef?s Secret! ? ? ? ? Renaissance Italy comes to life in this beautiful novel rich in historical detail. At the center of the story is Bartolomeo Scappi, the well-known a...

    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...

    Medieval history has always been my favorite time period, which is why I minored in medieval history while earning my Bachelor's degree. I also love my historical fiction to be based on real people and real events then throw in the fact that Italy is my favorite place in the whole worl...

    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...

    Months ago, I was given the chance to feature this book on its release day. When i featured the release, I was sad that it wasn't available for review. But then, as opportunity would have it, The Chef's Secret became available to review and I jumped at the chance. To say that I am exci...

  • Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction)
    Jun 24, 2019

    I?ve wanted to read a Crystal King novel for some time, and I?m excited to have started with The Chef?s Secret! ? ? ? ? Renaissance Italy comes to life in this beautiful novel rich in historical detail. At the center of the story is Bartolomeo Scappi, the well-known a...

    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...

    Medieval history has always been my favorite time period, which is why I minored in medieval history while earning my Bachelor's degree. I also love my historical fiction to be based on real people and real events then throw in the fact that Italy is my favorite place in the whole worl...

  • Linda Zagon
    Feb 03, 2019

    I?ve wanted to read a Crystal King novel for some time, and I?m excited to have started with The Chef?s Secret! ? ? ? ? Renaissance Italy comes to life in this beautiful novel rich in historical detail. At the center of the story is Bartolomeo Scappi, the well-known a...

    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...

    Medieval history has always been my favorite time period, which is why I minored in medieval history while earning my Bachelor's degree. I also love my historical fiction to be based on real people and real events then throw in the fact that Italy is my favorite place in the whole worl...

    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...

    Months ago, I was given the chance to feature this book on its release day. When i featured the release, I was sad that it wasn't available for review. But then, as opportunity would have it, The Chef's Secret became available to review and I jumped at the chance. To say that I am exci...

    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 ...

    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...

    Warning: Don't read this book on an empty stomach! Scrumptious food, mystery, and forbidden romance merge in a masterful way in this un-put-down-able historical from Crystal King! When Bartolomeo Scappi, a famous Italian chef who works for the Pope, dies he gives his estate to h...

    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...

    Bartolomeo Scappi, the cuoco secreto to the pope died suddenly in 1577. In his will Barto leaves his estate and name to his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni. When Giovanni is readying himself to take over his uncle's role, another kitchen apprentice tells him that upon his deathbed Bart...

    I have to admit when I think of Renaissance Italy I don't think of food, I think of art, but then again food is art. This book is about the life of Bartolomeo Scappi chef to many popes. His life is a lot more than you'd think and its brought to you care of ciphered journals tha...

    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...

    I really loved this book -- the food, the characters, the swashbuckling, the suspense, the mystery, the history -- all equally intriguing. It would make a fantastic movie. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    Predictable and easy to guess who's who? Yep....Even if it guessing who stabs who was a tiny bit more difficult ?, Now now ,albeit true that the story in itself isn't mind blowing, the genuine joy here lies in the setting for the star crossed lovers to tell their tale....courtesy o...

    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

    I?ve wanted to read a Crystal King novel for some time, and I?m excited to have started with The Chef?s Secret! ? ? ? ? Renaissance Italy comes to life in this beautiful novel rich in historical detail. At the center of the story is Bartolomeo Scappi, the well-known a...

    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...

    Medieval history has always been my favorite time period, which is why I minored in medieval history while earning my Bachelor's degree. I also love my historical fiction to be based on real people and real events then throw in the fact that Italy is my favorite place in the whole worl...

    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...

    Months ago, I was given the chance to feature this book on its release day. When i featured the release, I was sad that it wasn't available for review. But then, as opportunity would have it, The Chef's Secret became available to review and I jumped at the chance. To say that I am exci...

    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 ...

    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...

    Warning: Don't read this book on an empty stomach! Scrumptious food, mystery, and forbidden romance merge in a masterful way in this un-put-down-able historical from Crystal King! When Bartolomeo Scappi, a famous Italian chef who works for the Pope, dies he gives his estate to h...

    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...

    Bartolomeo Scappi, the cuoco secreto to the pope died suddenly in 1577. In his will Barto leaves his estate and name to his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni. When Giovanni is readying himself to take over his uncle's role, another kitchen apprentice tells him that upon his deathbed Bart...

    I have to admit when I think of Renaissance Italy I don't think of food, I think of art, but then again food is art. This book is about the life of Bartolomeo Scappi chef to many popes. His life is a lot more than you'd think and its brought to you care of ciphered journals tha...

    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

    I?ve wanted to read a Crystal King novel for some time, and I?m excited to have started with The Chef?s Secret! ? ? ? ? Renaissance Italy comes to life in this beautiful novel rich in historical detail. At the center of the story is Bartolomeo Scappi, the well-known a...

    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...

    Medieval history has always been my favorite time period, which is why I minored in medieval history while earning my Bachelor's degree. I also love my historical fiction to be based on real people and real events then throw in the fact that Italy is my favorite place in the whole worl...

    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...

    Months ago, I was given the chance to feature this book on its release day. When i featured the release, I was sad that it wasn't available for review. But then, as opportunity would have it, The Chef's Secret became available to review and I jumped at the chance. To say that I am exci...

    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 ...

    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

    I?ve wanted to read a Crystal King novel for some time, and I?m excited to have started with The Chef?s Secret! ? ? ? ? Renaissance Italy comes to life in this beautiful novel rich in historical detail. At the center of the story is Bartolomeo Scappi, the well-known a...

    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...

    Medieval history has always been my favorite time period, which is why I minored in medieval history while earning my Bachelor's degree. I also love my historical fiction to be based on real people and real events then throw in the fact that Italy is my favorite place in the whole worl...

    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...

    Months ago, I was given the chance to feature this book on its release day. When i featured the release, I was sad that it wasn't available for review. But then, as opportunity would have it, The Chef's Secret became available to review and I jumped at the chance. To say that I am exci...

    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 ...

    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...

    Warning: Don't read this book on an empty stomach! Scrumptious food, mystery, and forbidden romance merge in a masterful way in this un-put-down-able historical from Crystal King! When Bartolomeo Scappi, a famous Italian chef who works for the Pope, dies he gives his estate to h...

    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...

    Bartolomeo Scappi, the cuoco secreto to the pope died suddenly in 1577. In his will Barto leaves his estate and name to his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni. When Giovanni is readying himself to take over his uncle's role, another kitchen apprentice tells him that upon his deathbed Bart...

    I have to admit when I think of Renaissance Italy I don't think of food, I think of art, but then again food is art. This book is about the life of Bartolomeo Scappi chef to many popes. His life is a lot more than you'd think and its brought to you care of ciphered journals tha...

    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...

    I really loved this book -- the food, the characters, the swashbuckling, the suspense, the mystery, the history -- all equally intriguing. It would make a fantastic movie. ...

    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...

    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. ...

  • Lisa Leone-campbell
    Feb 04, 2019

    I?ve wanted to read a Crystal King novel for some time, and I?m excited to have started with The Chef?s Secret! ? ? ? ? Renaissance Italy comes to life in this beautiful novel rich in historical detail. At the center of the story is Bartolomeo Scappi, the well-known a...

    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...

    Medieval history has always been my favorite time period, which is why I minored in medieval history while earning my Bachelor's degree. I also love my historical fiction to be based on real people and real events then throw in the fact that Italy is my favorite place in the whole worl...

    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...

    Months ago, I was given the chance to feature this book on its release day. When i featured the release, I was sad that it wasn't available for review. But then, as opportunity would have it, The Chef's Secret became available to review and I jumped at the chance. To say that I am exci...

    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 ...

    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...

    Warning: Don't read this book on an empty stomach! Scrumptious food, mystery, and forbidden romance merge in a masterful way in this un-put-down-able historical from Crystal King! When Bartolomeo Scappi, a famous Italian chef who works for the Pope, dies he gives his estate to h...

    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...

    Bartolomeo Scappi, the cuoco secreto to the pope died suddenly in 1577. In his will Barto leaves his estate and name to his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni. When Giovanni is readying himself to take over his uncle's role, another kitchen apprentice tells him that upon his deathbed Bart...

    I have to admit when I think of Renaissance Italy I don't think of food, I think of art, but then again food is art. This book is about the life of Bartolomeo Scappi chef to many popes. His life is a lot more than you'd think and its brought to you care of ciphered journals tha...

    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...

    I really loved this book -- the food, the characters, the swashbuckling, the suspense, the mystery, the history -- all equally intriguing. It would make a fantastic movie. ...

    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

    I?ve wanted to read a Crystal King novel for some time, and I?m excited to have started with The Chef?s Secret! ? ? ? ? Renaissance Italy comes to life in this beautiful novel rich in historical detail. At the center of the story is Bartolomeo Scappi, the well-known a...

    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...

    Medieval history has always been my favorite time period, which is why I minored in medieval history while earning my Bachelor's degree. I also love my historical fiction to be based on real people and real events then throw in the fact that Italy is my favorite place in the whole worl...

    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...

    Months ago, I was given the chance to feature this book on its release day. When i featured the release, I was sad that it wasn't available for review. But then, as opportunity would have it, The Chef's Secret became available to review and I jumped at the chance. To say that I am exci...

    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 ...

    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...

    Warning: Don't read this book on an empty stomach! Scrumptious food, mystery, and forbidden romance merge in a masterful way in this un-put-down-able historical from Crystal King! When Bartolomeo Scappi, a famous Italian chef who works for the Pope, dies he gives his estate to h...

    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...

    Bartolomeo Scappi, the cuoco secreto to the pope died suddenly in 1577. In his will Barto leaves his estate and name to his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni. When Giovanni is readying himself to take over his uncle's role, another kitchen apprentice tells him that upon his deathbed Bart...

    I have to admit when I think of Renaissance Italy I don't think of food, I think of art, but then again food is art. This book is about the life of Bartolomeo Scappi chef to many popes. His life is a lot more than you'd think and its brought to you care of ciphered journals tha...

    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...

    I really loved this book -- the food, the characters, the swashbuckling, the suspense, the mystery, the history -- all equally intriguing. It would make a fantastic movie. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    Predictable and easy to guess who's who? Yep....Even if it guessing who stabs who was a tiny bit more difficult ?, Now now ,albeit true that the story in itself isn't mind blowing, the genuine joy here lies in the setting for the star crossed lovers to tell their tale....courtesy o...

    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...

    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...

  • Stephanie
    Jun 19, 2019

    I?ve wanted to read a Crystal King novel for some time, and I?m excited to have started with The Chef?s Secret! ? ? ? ? Renaissance Italy comes to life in this beautiful novel rich in historical detail. At the center of the story is Bartolomeo Scappi, the well-known a...

    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...

    Medieval history has always been my favorite time period, which is why I minored in medieval history while earning my Bachelor's degree. I also love my historical fiction to be based on real people and real events then throw in the fact that Italy is my favorite place in the whole worl...

    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...

    Months ago, I was given the chance to feature this book on its release day. When i featured the release, I was sad that it wasn't available for review. But then, as opportunity would have it, The Chef's Secret became available to review and I jumped at the chance. To say that I am exci...

    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 ...

    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...

    Warning: Don't read this book on an empty stomach! Scrumptious food, mystery, and forbidden romance merge in a masterful way in this un-put-down-able historical from Crystal King! When Bartolomeo Scappi, a famous Italian chef who works for the Pope, dies he gives his estate to h...

    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...

    Bartolomeo Scappi, the cuoco secreto to the pope died suddenly in 1577. In his will Barto leaves his estate and name to his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni. When Giovanni is readying himself to take over his uncle's role, another kitchen apprentice tells him that upon his deathbed Bart...

  • Ace
    Feb 03, 2019

    I?ve wanted to read a Crystal King novel for some time, and I?m excited to have started with The Chef?s Secret! ? ? ? ? Renaissance Italy comes to life in this beautiful novel rich in historical detail. At the center of the story is Bartolomeo Scappi, the well-known a...

    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...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Jun 18, 2019

    I?ve wanted to read a Crystal King novel for some time, and I?m excited to have started with The Chef?s Secret! ? ? ? ? Renaissance Italy comes to life in this beautiful novel rich in historical detail. At the center of the story is Bartolomeo Scappi, the well-known a...

  • Karen Kay
    Jan 07, 2019

    I?ve wanted to read a Crystal King novel for some time, and I?m excited to have started with The Chef?s Secret! ? ? ? ? Renaissance Italy comes to life in this beautiful novel rich in historical detail. At the center of the story is Bartolomeo Scappi, the well-known a...

    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...

    Medieval history has always been my favorite time period, which is why I minored in medieval history while earning my Bachelor's degree. I also love my historical fiction to be based on real people and real events then throw in the fact that Italy is my favorite place in the whole worl...

    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...

    Months ago, I was given the chance to feature this book on its release day. When i featured the release, I was sad that it wasn't available for review. But then, as opportunity would have it, The Chef's Secret became available to review and I jumped at the chance. To say that I am exci...

    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 ...

    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

    I?ve wanted to read a Crystal King novel for some time, and I?m excited to have started with The Chef?s Secret! ? ? ? ? Renaissance Italy comes to life in this beautiful novel rich in historical detail. At the center of the story is Bartolomeo Scappi, the well-known a...

    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...

    Medieval history has always been my favorite time period, which is why I minored in medieval history while earning my Bachelor's degree. I also love my historical fiction to be based on real people and real events then throw in the fact that Italy is my favorite place in the whole worl...

    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...

    Months ago, I was given the chance to feature this book on its release day. When i featured the release, I was sad that it wasn't available for review. But then, as opportunity would have it, The Chef's Secret became available to review and I jumped at the chance. To say that I am exci...

    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

    I?ve wanted to read a Crystal King novel for some time, and I?m excited to have started with The Chef?s Secret! ? ? ? ? Renaissance Italy comes to life in this beautiful novel rich in historical detail. At the center of the story is Bartolomeo Scappi, the well-known a...

    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...

    Medieval history has always been my favorite time period, which is why I minored in medieval history while earning my Bachelor's degree. I also love my historical fiction to be based on real people and real events then throw in the fact that Italy is my favorite place in the whole worl...

    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, ...

  • Ghost of the Library
    Jun 20, 2019

    I?ve wanted to read a Crystal King novel for some time, and I?m excited to have started with The Chef?s Secret! ? ? ? ? Renaissance Italy comes to life in this beautiful novel rich in historical detail. At the center of the story is Bartolomeo Scappi, the well-known a...

    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...

    Medieval history has always been my favorite time period, which is why I minored in medieval history while earning my Bachelor's degree. I also love my historical fiction to be based on real people and real events then throw in the fact that Italy is my favorite place in the whole worl...

    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...

    Months ago, I was given the chance to feature this book on its release day. When i featured the release, I was sad that it wasn't available for review. But then, as opportunity would have it, The Chef's Secret became available to review and I jumped at the chance. To say that I am exci...

    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 ...

    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...

    Warning: Don't read this book on an empty stomach! Scrumptious food, mystery, and forbidden romance merge in a masterful way in this un-put-down-able historical from Crystal King! When Bartolomeo Scappi, a famous Italian chef who works for the Pope, dies he gives his estate to h...

    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...

    Bartolomeo Scappi, the cuoco secreto to the pope died suddenly in 1577. In his will Barto leaves his estate and name to his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni. When Giovanni is readying himself to take over his uncle's role, another kitchen apprentice tells him that upon his deathbed Bart...

    I have to admit when I think of Renaissance Italy I don't think of food, I think of art, but then again food is art. This book is about the life of Bartolomeo Scappi chef to many popes. His life is a lot more than you'd think and its brought to you care of ciphered journals tha...

    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...

    I really loved this book -- the food, the characters, the swashbuckling, the suspense, the mystery, the history -- all equally intriguing. It would make a fantastic movie. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    Predictable and easy to guess who's who? Yep....Even if it guessing who stabs who was a tiny bit more difficult ?, Now now ,albeit true that the story in itself isn't mind blowing, the genuine joy here lies in the setting for the star crossed lovers to tell their tale....courtesy o...

  • Connie Whitcomb
    Apr 30, 2019

    I?ve wanted to read a Crystal King novel for some time, and I?m excited to have started with The Chef?s Secret! ? ? ? ? Renaissance Italy comes to life in this beautiful novel rich in historical detail. At the center of the story is Bartolomeo Scappi, the well-known a...

    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...

    Medieval history has always been my favorite time period, which is why I minored in medieval history while earning my Bachelor's degree. I also love my historical fiction to be based on real people and real events then throw in the fact that Italy is my favorite place in the whole worl...

    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...

    Months ago, I was given the chance to feature this book on its release day. When i featured the release, I was sad that it wasn't available for review. But then, as opportunity would have it, The Chef's Secret became available to review and I jumped at the chance. To say that I am exci...

    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 ...

    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...

    Warning: Don't read this book on an empty stomach! Scrumptious food, mystery, and forbidden romance merge in a masterful way in this un-put-down-able historical from Crystal King! When Bartolomeo Scappi, a famous Italian chef who works for the Pope, dies he gives his estate to h...

    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...

    Bartolomeo Scappi, the cuoco secreto to the pope died suddenly in 1577. In his will Barto leaves his estate and name to his nephew and apprentice, Giovanni. When Giovanni is readying himself to take over his uncle's role, another kitchen apprentice tells him that upon his deathbed Bart...

    I have to admit when I think of Renaissance Italy I don't think of food, I think of art, but then again food is art. This book is about the life of Bartolomeo Scappi chef to many popes. His life is a lot more than you'd think and its brought to you care of ciphered journals tha...

    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...

    I really loved this book -- the food, the characters, the swashbuckling, the suspense, the mystery, the history -- all equally intriguing. It would make a fantastic movie. ...