Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Spotlight: Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Crystal King

Title: Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome
Author: Crystal King 
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Touchstone
Publish Date: April 25, 2017
Source: Library

What's the Story?:

From Goodreads.com: "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 advisor 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’s help he soon becomes known for his lavish parties and fantastic meals. Thrasius finds a family in Apicius’s 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."

My Two Cents:

 This book had everything: great detail, great food. and memorable characters!

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Meg! You (or any of your readers too) can snag a copy of the free digital cookbook with 25 ancient Roman recipes here: http://bit.ly/2JcAFBE It was so much fun to put together. I'm super partial to the Parthian chicken, and I make the wine crackers all the time for parties.


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