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A TASTE OF THAILAND: Ajinomoto USA Inc.'s new brochure features recipes obtained directly from Thailand. For free brochure send your request to Ajinomoto USA Inc., Public Affairs Department (Bacon's), Glenpointe Centre West, 500 Frank Burr Blvd., Teaneck, NJ 07666-6894, or call (201) 488-1212.

Food bytes

TV FOOD: Check out the TV Food Network CyberChef for current programs, cooking tips, cook's choice, recipes from shows on in the last 14 days, Q&A's and more. Find them at http://www.foodtv. com/tvcychef.htm.

Table talk

FIRE UP: Contrary to conventional wisdom and the weather, the West is not outdoor cooking country. American Demographics magazine reports that 35.7 percent of households in Northeastern states own an outdoor grill. More than 31 percent of Midwesterners own a grill, followed by the South (25.5 percent) and, finally, the West (22.9 percent).

Does your group or business have special food or wine events of interest to people who like to eat, shop or cook in the Tampa Bay area? Please send news of coming events at least two weeks in advance of the publication date to Food File, the Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731.

Readers, if you have questions and comments about shopping, cooking and eating, write to the Taste Section at P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731, or call the Foodline at 892-2312. We will try to share them and our answers here in Food File.