BOXED TREATS

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The pre­miere of this se­ries fo­cuses on the food and sto­ries of some of Aus­tralia’s most cul­tur­ally di­verse fam­i­lies, hosted by chef Sean Con­nolly. Tonight, Con­nolly joins a Con­golese fam­ily for a party in their Syd­ney back yard. Thurs­day, 7.30pm, SBS.

Hugh Fearn­leyWhit­tingstall faces chicken-eat­ing, fast-food ad­dicts and con­fronts them with the truth about fac­to­ry­farmed poul­try. Thurs­day, 8.30pm, Life­Style Food. ex­plains), to al dente (‘‘how Ital­ians like their pasta’’), to the thor­oughly ex­otic yak­i­tori (‘‘Ja­panese ke­babs, usu­ally chicken’’, ap­par­ently). There are also tips on hot foods to avoid (ca­jun, cur­ries and the like) and ad­vice on

smart moves at restau­rants’’, in­clud­ing ask­ing for a win­dow seat if there’s a view and check­ing the bill be­fore you pay.

The au­thor of this sem­i­nal work? One Don Burke. Un­sur­pris­ingly, parsnips don’t rate a men­tion in this culi­nary A-Z.

WITH the eco­nomic down­turn tak­ing a big toll on restau­rants across the coun­try, this year’s Sym­po­sium of Aus­tralian Gas­tron­omy theme, Econ­omy, would ap­pear timely. The Novem­ber 13-16 gath­er­ing of chefs, aca­demics and pas­sion­ate food­ies will en­cour­age de­bate

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