Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir

By Padma Lakshmi

A shiny memoir of foodstuff and relatives, survival and triumph, Love, Loss, and What We Ate traces the arc of Padma Lakshmi’s not going direction from an immigrant formative years to a classy existence in entrance of the camera—a tantalizing mix of Ruth Reichl’s Tender on the Bone and Nora Ephron’s Heartburn

Long sooner than Padma Lakshmi ever stepped onto a tv set, she discovered that how we devour is an extension of ways we adore, how we convenience, how we forge a feeling of home—and how we style the area as we navigate our manner via it. Shuttling among continents as a baby, she lived a lifetime of dislocation that might turn into behavior as an grownup, by no means rather at domestic on this planet. And but, via all her travels, her favourite foodstuff remained the straightforward 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 girls, to the judges’ desk of Top Chef and past. It chronicles the fierce devotion of the striking those that formed her alongside the best way, from her headstrong mom who flouted conservative Indian conference to make a lifestyles in long island, to her Brahmin grandfather—a incredible engineer with an irrepressible candy tooth—to the guy possible improper for her in each approach who proved to be her truest ally. A memoir wealthy with sensual prose and punctuated with evocative recipes, it's alive with the scents, tastes, and textures of a existence that spans advanced geographies either inner and external.

Love, Loss, and What We Ate is an intimate and unforeseen tale of nutrients and family—both those we're born to and those we create—and their enduring legacies.

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