Barbara Santich: Bold Palates

Sally Burton


Bold Palates: Australia’s Gastronomic Heritage
by Barbara Santich
Wakefield Press, $49.95 hb, 326 pp, 9781743050941


That Barbara Santich has a vast knowledge and understanding of her subject is evident in every vivid and informative page of Bold Palates. The writer sets out to prove that, from the earliest colonial days, Australians improvised and adapted the available food, be it local or imported, familiar or new, and in so doing created the foundation for the distinctive Australian food culture we know today. A huge amount of research has been undertaken in the compilation of this book. It was clearly a productive and joyful task.

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Sally Burton

Sally Burton

Sally Burton is the Executive Producer of Onward Production, a Perth-based independent theatre company. She is also Patron of Black Swan State Theatre Company, with which she runs The Richard Burton Award for New Plays, in memory of her late husband, the renowned actor Richard Burton. Sally is also involved with the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, where she offers an annual prize to third-year acting students. Before moving to Perth from London in 2005, Sally wrote for a variety of British newspapers and magazines. Sally is a director of Giving West and is an Honorary Fellow of The University of Wales, Swansea, in recognition of her interest in, and support of, the history and culture of Wales.

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