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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...