The Food Taster

by Peter Elbling | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0452284341 Global Overview for this book
Registered by ThreeSixNine of Catawba, Wisconsin USA on 7/4/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by ThreeSixNine from Catawba, Wisconsin USA on Friday, July 04, 2008
When Ugo DiFonte and his teenaged daughter Miranda are snatched from their farm and spirited away to Duke Federico Basillione DiVincelli's estate, Ugo thinks life can't get any worse...until he is forced to replace the recently de-tongued royal food taster. Now Ugo must stay alive-a difficult prospect considering the prince's myriad of enemies and their poisons-to protect Miranda from her suitors and desires, and somehow hold the unruly court together.

A bestseller in ten countries, in this novel of gastronomical delight and brilliant wit Peter Elbling remarkably captures the sights, sounds, and tastes of sixteenth-century Italy with the story of a peasant rising to extraordinary and death-defying acts of grace.

Journal Entry 2 by VeganMedusa from Invercargill, Southland New Zealand on Thursday, August 07, 2008
Thank you so much! A great start to Triple Happiness Day. :)

Journal Entry 3 by VeganMedusa from Invercargill, Southland New Zealand on Sunday, October 26, 2008
A great read. Plus I got to learn some Italian swearwords! Reserved for Kiri (I think) for the International It's Your Turn VBB.
ETA: No, I was getting mixed up. This is going in the November YBS swap.

Journal Entry 4 by VeganMedusa from Invercargill, Southland New Zealand on Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Posted today to AceofHearts, via HoserLauren. :)

Journal Entry 5 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Friday, April 17, 2009
received today from Lauren who received it a few days ago

Journal Entry 6 by HoserLauren at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Saturday, June 28, 2014
My mom, AceofHearts, passed away from breast cancer on September 17, 2013. Aside from being one of the best people I know, she was an avid reader and took immense pleasure in Bookcrossing, her book club, and reading many great books. Unfortunately she didn't get around to reading this book.

We had similar tastes in books and would share them whenever we read something we enjoyed. This book sounds interesting so I'm going to keep it to read.

Journal Entry 7 by HoserLauren at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Monday, October 08, 2018
Ugo has had a tough life. His mother committed suicide so she wouldn't have to die from the plague. His father and brother treated him life garbage until one day he had enough and left. In his travels, he fell in love with a girl and they had a child, Miranda. His wife died in childbirth. They had a small farm that was doing poorly when the Duke happened upon his land. Angry that Ugo's land has disturbed the Duke's hunt, the Duke decides that he must become his new food taster.

Ugo and Miranda move to the Duke's castle and Ugo starts tasting the Duke's food for poison. He finds that he can no longer enjoy his food anymore since he's so worried about dying. Everything he does is to try and keep himself and his daughter safe and alive. This leads to some pretty crazy situations, including getting the Duke's girlfriend killed for thinking and pretending there was poison in his food when there wasn't.

Ugo isn't very smart and doesn't always make the right decision, but he's always trying to do best for his daughter. This includes as she grows up and trying to find the right husband for her. There's a boy in the kitchen that tries to trade Miranda's hand in marriage for information to Ugo about possible poisoning of his dishes.

This was a fun book. Ugo got in to some very unique and troublesome situations. His heart was always in the right place though, he was a pretty likable character.

Journal Entry 8 by HoserLauren at Little Free Library in Burlington, Ontario Canada on Saturday, October 13, 2018

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