Tasting Life Twice

"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect." ~ Anais Nin

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Crystal King

Crystal King
Author, FEAST OF SORROW @TouchstoneBooks/@SimonSchuster. Public speaker, Italophile, #SocialMedia Professor @HubSpotAcademy, Culinary Enthusiast, Lover of Ancient Rome & Renaissance Italy


A Few of My Favorite Food Books

book recommendation

Friends + New Books in February

The Chef's Secret

The Chef's Secret Book Trailer


Now On YouTube!

Bartolomeo Scappi

Pumpkin Tourte


It's Winter, Which Means It's Time to Read (and Win!) Books


The Ultimate Italian Historical Fiction Holiday Giveaway


We Are All Full of Stars - Poems for #NationalPoetryDay

Roman recipe

Appeasing the Gods, or Let Them Eat Honey Cake

Bartolomeo Scappi

Scappi's Braised Beef - An Interpretation of a Renaissance Recipe


Crystal King's July Ponderings, Tastings, Travels, Readings and General Updates


Beauty and Makeup in Ancient Rome


Learning from Leonardo Da Vinci


All Things Italy Spring Roundup 2018

ancient rome

Fit for Royalty - Flamingo Tongue, an Ancient Roman Food

Feast of Sorrow

Feast of Sorrow - Now in Paperback!

ancient rome

Can You Guess How to Pronounce Apicius?

books set in italy

My Favorite 2017 Books Set in Italy

Book Clubs

Ten Tips to Entice Authors to Visit Your Book Club

Book Clubs

Seven Food Ideas for Your Next Book Club Meeting