Crystal King is an author, culinary enthusiast, and marketing expert. She has taught classes in writing, creativity, and social media at several universities. A Pushcart Prize–nominated poet and former co-editor of the online literary arts journal Plum Ruby Review, Crystal received her MA in critical and creative thinking from UMass Boston. She resides in Boston but considers Italy her next great love after her husband, Joe, and their two cats, Nero and Merlin. She is the author of The Chef’s Secret and Feast of Sorrow.
Bringing the Past to Life
Explore the past with this panel featuring recent historical fiction novels: The Lost History of Dreams, by Kris Waldherr, The Chef's Secret, by Crystal King, and Thomas and Beal in the Midi, by Christopher Tilghman. The authors will discuss using historical settings to tell timeless stories.
Nicki Salcedo is a novelist and essayist. The title piece for her latest collection, “In My Father’s Shoes,” is based on the bittersweet experience she had wearing her father’s shoes after he died. Her work has appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Good Housekeeping, Decaturish, and AtlantaLoop. A graduate of Stanford University, she works in the corporate world during the day and writes at night. She lives in Decatur with her husband and four kids.
The Chef's Secret
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 recipes. BUY THIS BOOK!