The Chef's Apprentice: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 30, 2008 - Fiction - 384 pages
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In a world of violence and intrigue, who guards the truth?

It is 1498, the dawn of the Renaissance, and Venice teems with rumors of an ancient book that holds the secret to unimaginable power. It is an alchemist's dream, with recipes for gold, immortality, and undying love. Everyone, rich and poor alike, speculates about the long-buried secrets scrawled in its pages and where it could possibly be hidden within the labyrinthine city. But while those who seek the book will stop at nothing to get it, those who know will die to protect it.

As a storm of intrigue and desire circles the republic that grew from the sea, Luciano, a penniless orphan with a quick wit and an even faster hand, is plucked up by an illustrious chef and hired, for reasons he cannot yet begin to understand, as an apprentice in the palace kitchen. There, in the lavish home of the most powerful man in Venice, he is initiated into the chef's rich and aromatic world, with all its seductive ingredients and secrets.

Luciano's loyalty to his street friends and the passion he holds for a convent girl named Francesca remain, but it is not long before he, too, is caught up in the madness. After he witnesses a shocking murder in the Palace dining room, he realizes that nothing is as it seems and that no one, not even those he's come to rely on most, can be trusted. Armed with a precocious mind and an insatiable curiosity,

Luciano embarks on a perilous journey to uncover the truth. What he discovers will swing open the shutters of his mind, inflame his deepest desires, and leave an indelible mark on his soul.

Rich with the luxurious colors and textures of Venice, The Book of Unholy Mischief delights the senses and breathes fresh life into an age defined by intellectual revival and artistic vibrancy. A luminous and seductive novel, it is, at its heart, a high-spirited tribute to the fruits of knowledge and the extraordinary power of those who hold its key. In a world of violence an d in trigue, who guards the truth?
  

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I was surprised by this book. It was not what I expected from the title. It was interesting how the story was developed. I really enjoyed this unusual storyline and how the story unfolds to be historical and interesting and exciting all at the same time. I recommend this book for anyone that enjoys a story in a far away place with good descriptions of food and how magical it can be.JoJo 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
4
Section 3
15
Section 4
24
Section 5
34
Section 6
47
Section 7
59
Section 8
68
Section 20
220
Section 21
231
Section 22
236
Section 23
245
Section 24
251
Section 25
263
Section 26
273
Section 27
284

Section 9
85
Section 10
96
Section 11
109
Section 12
124
Section 13
139
Section 14
150
Section 15
161
Section 16
177
Section 17
183
Section 18
197
Section 19
212
Section 28
295
Section 29
306
Section 30
317
Section 31
329
Section 32
339
Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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About the author (2008)

Elle Newmark is the acclaimed author of The Book of Unholy Mischief.  She lived and worked in the hills north of San Diego.

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