Love, Loss, and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi
A Memoir

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But the most vividly and endearingly portrayed characters we meet in Love, Loss are Laskshmi's relatives, from the nurturing, resilient mother who forged a new life in the USA to the grandfather who was steeped in conservative tradition but valued the well-being of his family, including the women, above all.
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A vivid memoir of food and family, survival and triumph, Love, Loss, and What We Ate traces the arc of Padma Lakshmi’s unlikely path from an immigrant childhood to a complicated life in front of the camera—a tantalizing blend of Ruth Reichl’s Tender at the Bone and Nora Ephron’s Heartburn

Long before Padma Lakshmi ever stepped onto a television set, she learned that how we eat is an extension of how we love, how we comfort, how we forge a sense of home—and how we taste the world as we navigate our way through it. Shuttling between continents as a child, she lived a life of dislocation that would become habit as an adult, never quite at home in the world. And yet, through all her travels, her favorite food remained the simple rice she first ate sitting on the cool floor of her grandmother’s kitchen in South India.

Poignant and surprising, Love, Loss, and What We Ate is Lakshmi’s extraordinary account of her journey from that humble kitchen, ruled by ferocious and unforgettable women, to the judges’ table of Top Chef and beyond. It chronicles the fierce devotion of the remarkable people who shaped her along the way, from her headstrong mother who flouted conservative Indian convention to make a life in New York, to her Brahmin grandfather—a brilliant engineer with an irrepressible sweet tooth—to the man seemingly wrong for her in every way who proved to be her truest ally. A memoir rich with sensual prose and punctuated with evocative recipes, it is alive with the scents, tastes, and textures of a life that spans complex geographies both internal and external.

Love, Loss, and What We Ate is an intimate and unexpected story of food and family—both the ones we are born to and the ones we create—and their enduring legacies.

 

About Padma Lakshmi

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Antonis Achilleos is a New York-based photographer. Padma Lakshmi is host of Top Chef. A former model and actress, she is the author of two cookbooks.
 
Published March 8, 2016 by Ecco. 341 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Cooking. Non-fiction
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on Mar 11 2016

In an absorbing memoir, Lakshmi...ocuses more on love and many wrenching losses than on glamour and glitter...An intimate, revealing portrait, far different from the woman blazoned in the tabloids.

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Reviewed by Elysa Gardner on Mar 02 2016

But the most vividly and endearingly portrayed characters we meet in Love, Loss are Laskshmi's relatives, from the nurturing, resilient mother who forged a new life in the USA to the grandfather who was steeped in conservative tradition but valued the well-being of his family, including the women, above all.

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