It is 1498, and the whole of Venice is abuzz. Hidden somewhere in the labyrinthine city is an ancient book, rumoured to contain thorny heresies and secrets of immeasurable power.
Luciano, a penniless orphan, has been plucked from the street and taken on as apprentice to the chef at the doge's palace.
While learning the alchemy of cooking, he quickly finds himself entangled in the search for the ancient tome, even suspecting the chef, his maestro, may be concealing valuable information.
But lurking in the wings are some of the most powerful, dangerous men in Venice, and Luciano's secret will lead him through a perilous maze to the centre of an intrigue that will test his deepest desires and loyalties.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 464 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/09/2009
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780552775212
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Review by Glorybe1
I loved this book, a wonderful, touching story of Luciano a street urchin from the streets of Venice in the 15th century, who is rescued by Chef Ferraro whilst out stealing one day. Little did Luciano know how his life was going to change from that very moment! There are rumours flying around Venice about a magical book that contains spells and magical formulas for eternal life and love potions to lift the heart. People are offering rewards and are willing to kill for the book, it is a very dangerous time to live with a little knowledge of such a mystical book.Luciano doesn't know quite how much the chef knows of the book, but knows that his skills are more than a normal chef really has. He sees more and learns more than he understands and struggles to work it all out. He encounters dangers at every turn and has a hairy and spine tingeling escape from the Cappe Nere, when discovered.A marvellous story, wonderful characters and some fantastic descriptions of the food and recipes made, and the historic details is an added bonus. You really have to give this book a go, you will love it!