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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2017 Crystal King (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By TFH on 08-28-17

Not just for foodies!

Fascinating adventure in Ancient Rome captured through King's telling of the birth of the first cookbook. The recipes alone are worth reading; the author's attention to detail bring legitimacy to the story, while her evident love of the subject is infectious, inviting the reader to share her enthusiasm. Simon Vance's performance of the audio version is brilliant.

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5 out of 5 stars
By T. Bates on 06-29-17

Perfectly read by Vance, accurate history!

Simon Vance is even better reading this novel than the Ruso Roman Mysteries! This author was really good! I just wept at the end! I feel I visited the Roman Empire, belonged to this family. It is difficult to find books about Ancient history that are this good, and audible. This is not just about meals, it is about life, it's Up's and downs, it's treasures and loves. I am sad this experience is over. I wish there were more books this excellent! It was prose. I will remember it a long time. Thoroughly recommend! Included are some Roman recipes.

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