On Sale: February 12, 2019
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Mystery Historical | Historical
A captivating novel of Renaissance Italy detailing
the mysterious life of Bartolomeo Scappi, the legendary chef
to several popes and author of one of the bestselling
cookbooks of all time, and the nephew who sets out to
discover his late uncle’s secrets—including the identity of
the noblewoman Bartolomeo loved until he died.
When Bartolomeo Scappi dies in 1577, he leaves his vast
estate—properties, money, and his position—to his nephew and
apprentice Giovanni. He also gives Giovanni the keys to two
strongboxes and strict instructions to burn their contents.
Despite Scappi’s dire warning that the information concealed
in those boxes could put Giovanni’s life and others at risk,
Giovanni is compelled to learn his uncle’s secrets. He
undertakes the arduous task of decoding Scappi’s journals
and uncovers a history of deception, betrayal, and
murder—all to protect an illicit love affair.
As Giovanni pieces together the details of Scappi’s past, he
must contend with two rivals who have joined forces—his
brother Cesare and Scappi’s former protégé, Domenico Romoli,
who will do anything to get his hands on the late chef’s
With luscious prose that captures the full scale of the
sumptuous feasts for which Scappi was known, The Chef’s
Secret serves up power, intrigue, and passion,
bringing Renaissance Italy to life in a delectable fashion.
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