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Little is known about Bartolomeo Scappi, the legendary chef who served the papacy, served extravagant feasts, created over 1,000 recipes, many of which have become staples in our diets, and authored one of the bestselling cookbooks of all time.
For her new historical novel, The Chef’s Secret: A Novel, Crystal King uses her extensive historical research into the renowned chef’s work and legacy to immerse her characters in the world of Renaissance Italy. Join her as she discusses, with culinary historian Francine Segan, some of the centuries-old Italian food practices and techniques that continue to exert a strong influence on modern cuisine, and how she created a rich story about a historical figure with so few known details.