Feasts of the Vatican: Inside Crystal King's "The Chef's Secret" - 92Y, New York

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Feasts of the Vatican: Inside Crystal King's The Chef's Secret

Crystal King with Francine Segan

“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 kitchen to experiment—a sign of a great historical novel. Readers will delight in a plot as juicy as Scappi’s braised beef!”

Heather Webb, international bestselling author of Last Christmas in Paris
The Chef’s Secret: A Novel

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.

A book signing follows the event.

Crystal King

Crystal King is an author, culinary enthusiast, and marketing expert. Her writing is fueled by a love of history and a passion for the food, …

Francine Segan

Francine Segan is the author of six books including Shakespeare’s Kitchen and Dolci: Italy’s Sweets