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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Crystal King Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9781504797535
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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 twenty-sixth year of Augustus Caesar’s reign, a young chef, Thrasius, is acquired for the exorbitant price of twenty thousand 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “King’s descriptions of the food and entertainment are exquisite, her characters are beautifully drawn…A delight to the senses.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Combines exotic menus with the melodrama of a Greek tragedy. King’s debut is a compelling historical drama with an appetizing center.”

    Booklist

  • “Addictively readable…The food lore is fascinating and the time period is inherently dramatic.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Crystal King’s debut is a feast for the senses, bringing ancient Rome to dark, vibrant life…Not to be missed!”

    Kate Quinn, author of Mistress of Rome

  • “Impossible to put down.”

    Randy Susan Meyers, bestselling author of Accidents of Marriage

  • “This immersive, sensorily rich page-turner will take you for a delicious and unforgettable ride.”

    Tim Weed, author of Will Poole’s Island

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About the Author

Crystal King is a writer, culinary enthusiast, and social media expert. She attended the University of Massachusetts Boston and has taught at Grub Street, Harvard Extension School, and Boston University. She lives in the Boston area.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.