Crystal King



Crystal King


Boston, MA, USA


Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Foodies

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I am a novelist, editor, professor, social media professional, and critical & creative thinker. My work as a writer is the thread that ties my broad experience together.

My first novel is about the scandal, wealth, and upstairs-downstairs politics of a Roman family. FEAST OF SORROW 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 advisor to Caesar, an honor that will cement his legacy as Rome’s leading epicure.

THE CHEF’S SECRET, my second novel, is set in Renaissance Rome, detailing the mysterious life of one of the most famous chefs in history. THE CHEF’S SECRET tells the story of Bartolomeo Scappi, the private chef to four Popes and the author of one of history’s best-selling cookbooks. His nephew and apprentice, Giovanni, is on a quest to discover the truth about his uncle and the fifty-year love affair that the chef hid from the world.  THE CHEF’S SECRET  is a fictional retelling of the life of Bartolomeo Scappi.  When his cookbook, L’Opera, was published in 1570, it became the world’s best-selling cookbook for the next two hundred years.

I have taught writing, creativity and social media at UMass Boston, Boston University, Mass College of Art, and Harvard Extension School. I often teach classes on social media for authors at Grub Street, one of the most amazing writing communities in the country.

My husband, my shining star, is a French-Acadian/Italian who is a fantastic chef and visual artist. My kitty Merlin supplies us with enough white fur to make ourselves winter coats each year. Kidding about that last fact, but technically, it could be true.



Feast of Sorrow


Long-listed for the 2017 Center for Fiction’s First Novel Award
Short-listed for the 2017 Readable Feast Food Writing, Third place in People’s Nomination
Chaucer Book Awards 2017 First in Category for Pre-1750 Historical Fiction 

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Feast of Sorrow

The Chef’s Secret


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The Chef’s Secret

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