Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Author Interview

 Hey Guys! How is your week going? Today I have a speacial treat for you! I have an interview with the author of Chef's Secret, Crystal King. The book comes out today and i hope that you enjoy this interview.
  1. What made you write a book about Bartolomeo Scappi? 
Bartolomeo Scappi was a chef that lived during the Renaissance and was employed by several Cardinals and popes. When I was researching my first novel, Feast of Sorrow, I was immersed in books about Italian culinary history. I came across information about Bartolomeo and his cookbook which was published in 1570. When I found that there isn’t a lot we knew about him other than the people who he worked for, and all of the vast information in his cookbook, I realized there was a great opportunity to explore a story with him in it. What was his life like? Who was he in love with? How did he get end up living in so many different places, because it was apparent from the cookbook that he had traveled a bit in his life.

  1. Do you ever cook any of the recipes described in your book? 
Yes! That's one of the most exciting things to me about exploring the lives of Italian culinary heroes. I think to really know my characters I have to cook the foods that they would have cooked or at least make a grand attempt to. The recipes aren't always easy to decipher, and many of the ingredients are not as familiar today to a modern palate. Or they are things we just don't eat any more. For example, peacock, crane, calves eyeballs, hedgehog, or porcupine. But there are many things.There are many things in the 1570 cookbook that Bartolomeo Scappi wrote that we would find delicious, including apple crostata, braised beef, mushroom soup, fritters, and so much more. I include many of these recipes in The Chef’s Secret Companion cookbook, which can be found here.

  1. If you were stuck on a deserted island, which 3 books would you want with you?
    I had to think about this. I would want books that would have great longevity.
    1. Ovid’s Metamorphoses (the Mandelbaum translation)
    2. The collected works of Pablo Neruda
    3. The Riverside Shakespeare

  2. What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you?
    So there's a lot of not funny in this story, but when I first went to Rome, for our 10th anniversary, my husband and I went to a Michelin star restaurant, Pagliaccio. One of the waiters there, a young handsome sort, served the plate of food, but as he did, he would brush up against my breast. At first I didn't believe that this was something happening on purpose, but after the second and third course it happened again.Then the waiter sent his buddy out to try but I moved away that time. Note that this was a nine course meal. Later, when my husband got up to go to the restroom, the waiter made kissy faces at me from across the restaurant. I was mortified, but my husband thought it was hilarious. When we got back to the States, I was telling a friend, who pointed me to this SNL sketch. It wasn’t quite that bad, but apparently the touchy feely Italian waiter was common enough to parody back then! When I think of this story, parts of me are equally amused, flattered and in many ways, outraged and horrified. The restaurant still has their stars, so apparently they never got caught out by a reviewer!

  1. What is the scariest thing that ever happened to you?
    I almost choked while eating at the bar at a fancy restaurant on New Year's Eve a couple years ago. It was a tiny tiny piece of rosemary and I really thought I might be done. For some reason I thought that if I relaxed, I would be able to breath out my nose and I could cough it out, which I later learned, doesn’t really matter. But relaxing moved the piece just enough so I could cough and dislodge it, seconds before I needed the Heimlich from my husband, or the bartender (a dear friend) who was ready to leap over the bar to do so. It was terrifying.

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