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Love, Loss, and What We Ate [PDF / Epub] ⚣ Love, Loss, and What We Ate ✈ Padma Lakshmi – 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 c A vivid memoir of food and What PDF ☆ and family survival and triumph Love Loss and What We Ate traces the arc of Padma Lakshmi’s unlikely path from an immigrant Love, Loss, PDF \ 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 HeartburnLong before Padma Lakshmi Loss, and What eBook ↠ 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 uite 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 IndiaPoignant 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 externalLove 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.

10 thoughts on “Love, Loss, and What We Ate

  1. Roxane Roxane says:

    This is an interesting memoir because it is so full of yearning and I always appreciate when a writer can lay their desires bare The narrative certainly meanders but that isn't a bad thing There is an interesting lack of structure in how Lakshmi shares her life from her childhood here in the United States and in India to her adulthood her modeling career marriage to Salman Rushdie hosting Top Chef and eventually becoming a mother The writing is particularly strong when she writes of her relationship with an older man named Teddy and of course when she writes about food She captures the wide eyed wonder of someone who loves learning and being around learned people someone who has lived a whirlwind life around the world and has the good sense to appreciate it I do wish editors would edit celebrity books rigorously because with a stronger edit this would have been not just a great book but an excellent one At times the prose just wanders too much and a bit formal structure would have gone a long way Still I enjoyed reading this one I recommend it

  2. Diane Yannick Diane Yannick says:

    I admired Padma Lakshmi from afar until I read her memoir It's hard not to be struck by her beauty and well spoken grace on television On Top Chef I liked the delicate yet discerning way she tasted the competitors' morsels I liked that she married Salman Rushdie a man of substance I know a whole lot after reading her words and I'll never look at her with such naive admiration againShe is just too full of herself She doesn't seem to appreciate or understand how privileged she is When her marriage to Rushdie ended she seemed most concerned about how this would affect her social and intellectual prominence In Rushdie's book he describes her as vain and socially ambitious; a moody narcissist irrational and vapid Some of his observations ring true for me She does not embrace her age but rather bemoans it Here's a typically overwritten uote Aging is hard enough on a superficial level Your features begin to wilt like cilantro left out too long Many times she pushes in these contrived food referencesHere's another example of her overworked writing All this sanctimonious pontificating does not at all by the way excuse or explain why I gave Krishna beef broth that day There were some interesting tidbits about Indian culture When Krishna was born there were some familial expectations that made me stop and ponder If you are interested in endometriosis there are some tidbits there that might be interesting Overall the narrative was disjointed often laborious and always superficialI felt like her editors gave her full reign and should have been much aggressivePadma seemed to be attracted to wealth and power She never seems to have enough of either She simultaneously dated a billionaire Teddy Forstmann and Adam Dell her baby Daddy Only a paternity test could determine his daddyhood Thanks to Teddy who is deceased her daughter will receive a trust fund that will most likely exceed one billion dollars which will make her own 20 million net worth seem pretty shabby I will give Rushdie the final words She was ambitious in a way that obliterated feeling

  3. Tara Scott Tara Scott says:

    Prior to reading this book the only experience I had of Padma was through Top Chef and on tv she seemed very pleasant and actually down to earth and uite likable Boy did my perspective change by the end of this work This is uite literally the only memoir I've ever read where I went into the book generally liking the person and by the end flat out hating them Somehow Padma wrote a memoir where she actually comes off as extremely unlikable I found her to be a narcissistic gold digging whiner with granddaddy issues She seems to do nothing but use people and complain throughout this book The parts about her child and India I found to be boring and over detailed enough about cumin already I felt bad for the long line of men she had crushed in her wake especially the poor father of her baby who battled her for custody I had about had enough of her 'woe is me I am a gorgeous former model who is wealthy and on tv dealing with men who just can't seem to fulfill me because I am so smart and worldly' BS She seems to be saying well I will just have to date men 30 40 yrs my senior so that I don't get bored with all those stupid people my age I am forced to engage with These men just happen to all be incredibly wealthy and powerful and somehow can advance my career Woops how did that happen? I felt just about done with this book halfway through then I got to the part where she ate her placenta and I wished I could just punch her in the face Do yourself a favor and don't read this book especially if you are a fan of Top Chef because it will just ruin it all for you

  4. Mary Mary says:

    I hate most autobiographies People tend to try to make their lives sound extraordinary while remaining humble and deserving They gloss over the juicy bits the stuff we really want to know and try really hard to justify their shitty behavior This book is exactly like thatI am not a hater I love Top Chef Padma has always struck me as a beautiful woman and an adeuate host A bit bland a bit whiny perhaps In this memoir Padma is just that Bland and whiny dare I say vapid and boring? Her struggles don't sound half bad to me Scarred in a terrible auto accident yet she went on to become an international model and actress She never felt like she belonged yet she went to good schools and travelled all over the world had an incredible social life and a strong supportive family Huh Apparently her lack of confidence in her own intellect was the driving force behind her affair and eventual marriage to the most amazing and creative man she could find Salman Rushdie Even though he was very married a father to a small child and way too old for her I am NOT judging her Everyone makes mistakes does stupid things behaves badly She spends an awful lot of time trying over and over to make us understand why I don't care why I had a hard time sympathizing with her poor me attitude any time life threw her a curveball OK I will sympathise with her struggle with endometriosis I'm sure it was painful and traumatic I skimmed past most of it Page after descriptive bloody page I don't want to read about thick oozing black menstrual blood thanks UghFor the most part Padma leads a charmed life She travels dates wealthy men lives the high life all the while bemoaning her sad state I wanted to get to know her even to like her She ended up annoying me than anything If I could I'd have given her the old Moonstruck slap and told her to snap the hell out of itThe writing is overdone almost to the point of being pretentious Her food references are overwrought she's constantly reminding us she's not just a home cook she's a Food Network STAR I stopped caring about anything she had to say less than halfway throughSkip the book watch Top Chef While my husband drools over Padma I'll have my eyes on Tom Collichcio ;PS Egg in a Hole is hardly a recipe

  5. Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach says:

    I really liked Padma from my years of watching Top Chef so when I saw that she wrote a memoir I totally wanted to read it I learned a lot of stuff about her I didn't know and she spilled enough tea to keep my inner gossip hound happy I really enjoyed her little tidbits about India and her Indian culture but her my life is so hard shtick definitely got old

  6. Jenny (Reading Envy) Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

    I've had this on my Kindle for years and I think I thought she'd be shallow or full of herself so I didn't crack it open Instead I found Padma Lakshmi to be refreshingly open honest and direct about her relationships health issues career and her love for food She starts in 2007 when she moves out of the home she shared with Salman Rushdie then goes back in time before catching us up to the almost present

  7. Jonna Rubin Jonna Rubin says:

    I enjoyed this Admittedly I walked into this with a fairly low opinion of Lakshmi I had assumed her to be vapid self absorbed and attracted to little than money and power And she is But I guess I was surprised to the degree that she owns it She doesn't come off well in all situations and she cops to a lot of it That's not easy She's kind of a jerk she thinks she's brilliant and beautiful than she likely is I'm guessing but who cares? She at least offers a portrait of a person who is dimensional than I anticipated and loves pretty deeply In the end I liked her than I expected to though she could certainly use a sense of humor which she seems to sorely lack

  8. Bharath Bharath says:

    This is a book about Padma Lakshmi's life and struggles which went with it It is very moving for the large part as she writes about the attitude of a few insensitive men she gets into relationships with These sections which deal with her personal trauma do make you feel for what she has been through dealing at the same time with endometriosis It is not easy making it as a model in the west when you are an expat but she persists and finally makes it The book is interspersed with a few recipes uite randomly This of course is to outline her interest in cooking she also hosted the Top Chef showAfter her troubled marriage and later relationship troubles it is refreshing to about her relationship with Teddy He is one who gives are the respect she deserves Yet as you read on you see that she has made her mistakes as well and it would have been worthwhile devoting a few pages to some introspection I found the book lose steam continuity and narrative in the middle Some of the cooking passages are also random and only slow the book down However to understand her life and struggles it is still a worthwhile read

  9. John Brucker John Brucker says:

    Sorry Boring Boring Poorly written Boring

  10. Robin Robin says:

    For someone who always seemed to convey a serene and low key spirit—at least while on TV—Padma has certainly led a life of high drama From her struggle to fit in and assimilate as a young immigrant from India to her tumultuous relationship and marriage with Salman Rushdie and everything that happened afterwards her life has definitely been a roller coaster ride But I also have to add that I’ve read many celebrity memoirs and it never fails to surprise me how fast they lose touch with reality and forget what it's like to be a person in the real workaday world For example as she is contemplating a divorce from Salman Rushdie she says “It was to confront the possibility that when we parted ways I might disappear back into the relative obscurity from which I came” To further illustrate my point as she struggles with her after baby weight she writes “Wondering what would happen to my career if I couldn’t lose the baby weight made me force myself to accept a reality I had not often considered My looks were an asset I had consciously or unconsciously benefited from all my life” Really? How could you not always know that? Nonetheless despite a wee bit of over overwriting and meandering prose this was a fairly well done and intimate memoir of Padma Now I have to find some Top Chef episodes to watch

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