The Food Taster Book Summary and Study Guide

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of The Food Taster

Ugo DiFonte, the second son of a peasant sheep farmer in 16th century Italy, is widowed young with a baby daughter, and by chance becomes the official food taster for Duke Federico Basillione DiVincelli, the Duke of Corsoli. Though this elevates his position considerably, it also places him amidst castle intrigues that constantly endanger his position -- even his life -- from both above and below. He survives attempted poisonings, the plague, learns from his daughter how to write, and eventually tells his fantastic tale, which includes highly memorable meals, sex, and brushes with death. "Translated" by actor and writer Peter Elbling (whose credits include the screenplay for "Honey I Blew Up the Kids"), this rollicking tale -- part picaresque, part fairy tale, part history lesson, and part Monty Python -- was an international bestseller.
Click here to see the rest of this review

The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

Chapter Analysis of The Food Taster

Click on a plot link to find similar books!

Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Italian Other aspects:    -   story of "the rich" Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   servant Age:    -   long lived adults Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Italian


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   very gullible, like Gomer Pyle Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   Boob talk!    -   Weiner talk! Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

Books with storylines, themes & endings like The Food Taster

Ugo DiFonte Books Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
2 Ways to Search!

Our Chief Librarian