By Padma Lakshmi
A shiny memoir of meals and relations, survival and triumph, Love, Loss, and What We Ate traces the arc of Padma Lakshmi’s not going course from an immigrant early life to a sophisticated lifestyles in entrance of the camera—a tantalizing combination of Ruth Reichl’s Tender on the Bone and Nora Ephron’s Heartburn
Long prior to Padma Lakshmi ever stepped onto a tv set, she realized that how we devour is an extension of the way we adore, how we convenience, how we forge a feeling of home—and how we flavor the realm as we navigate our means via it. Shuttling among continents as a toddler, she lived a lifetime of dislocation that might turn into behavior as an grownup, by no means particularly at domestic on the planet. And but, via all her travels, her favourite meals remained the easy rice she first ate sitting at the cool ground of her grandmother’s kitchen in South India.
Poignant and surprising, Love, Loss, and What We Ate is Lakshmi’s outstanding account of her trip from that humble kitchen, governed through ferocious and unforgettable ladies, to the judges’ desk of Top Chef and past. It chronicles the fierce devotion of the extraordinary those who formed her alongside the way in which, from her headstrong mom who flouted conservative Indian conference to make a existence in long island, to her Brahmin grandfather—a impressive engineer with an irrepressible candy tooth—to the guy probably unsuitable for her in each manner who proved to be her truest ally. A memoir wealthy with sensual prose and punctuated with evocative recipes, it really is alive with the scents, tastes, and textures of a existence that spans complicated geographies either inner and external.
Love, Loss, and What We Ate is an intimate and unforeseen tale of nutrition and family—both those we're born to and those we create—and their enduring legacies.