|Plot Summary 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.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
|Chapter Analysis of The Food Taster|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Time/era of story
- distant past/middle ages
Inside culture (main char)
- story of "the rich"
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Outside culture (society)
- long lived adults
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
- very gullible, like Gomer Pyle
- fort/military installation
Sex in book?
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
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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