Set amongst the scandal, wealth, and upstairs-downstairs politics of a Roman family, Crystal King's seminal debut features the man who inspired the world's oldest cookbook and the ambition that led to his destruction.
On a blistering day in the 26th year of Augustus Caesar's reign, a young chef, Thrasius, is acquired for the exorbitant price of 20,000 denarii. His purchaser is the infamous gourmet Marcus Gavius Apicius, wealthy beyond measure, obsessed with a taste for fine meals from exotic places and a singular ambition: to serve as culinary adviser to Caesar, an honor that will cement his legacy as Rome's leading epicure.
Apicius rightfully believes that Thrasius is the key to his culinary success, and with Thrasius' help he soon becomes known for his lavish parties and fantastic meals. Thrasius finds a family in Apicius' household, his daughter Apicata, his wife Aelia, and her handmaiden, Passia, whom Thrasius quickly falls in love with. But as Apicius draws closer to his ultimate goal, his reckless disregard for any who might get in his way takes a dangerous turn that threatens his young family and places his entire household at the mercy of the most powerful forces in Rome.
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America's First Daughter. Both discussed masters and slaves, while trying to keep a realistic description of salvery and weaving it through the lens of the time.
I listened to the book as walked to work in Paris. The smells mingled perfectly with the story.
I could tell there was a lot research done for the book. I can't wait to see the movie or read the next book that she writes.
- Paulette Buchheim
Very well written. Great story.
Yes. This one will stay in my library. The story moved along at a great pace and it was well written. The ending brought a tear to my eye,
Hmm. Tough one. The story spans decades, following the lives of a Roman patrician, his household, and his slaves, written from the point of view of his most important slave. The story is almost a bit Dickensian.
Many great scenes, but the ending stuck with me. I was sad to reach that end once I had.
Haha! Since wonderful food and feasts are a central theme of the story, I would rather the main characters invite me to one of their dinner parties!
Excellently narrated, which complemented the story nicely.
- Michael Mezzetti