Promotional Partner: Crow Collection of Asian Art
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, 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. A vivid memoir of food and family, survival and triumph, that is punctuated with recipes, Love, Loss, and What We Ate traces Lakshmi’s extraordinary journey from that humble kitchen to the judges’ table of Top Chef and beyond. It’s a tantalizing blend of Ruth Reichl’s Tender at the Bone and Nora Ephron’s Heartburn.
Padma Lakshmi is the host of the Emmy Award–winning, top-rated Bravo series Top Chef and the author of two cookbooks: the award-winning Easy Exotic and Tangy, Tart, Hot & Sweet. She is the first internationally successful Indian supermodel and has walked the runway for designers Ralph Lauren, Emanuel Ungaro, and Roberto Cavalli.
VIP Experience includes a special dinner with Padma Lakshmi at 6:00 p.m. in the Founders Room inspired by her favorite recipes. Limited VIP tickets include a three-course dinner with wine, event ticket in reserved front section, and hardcover book with a book signing fast-track pass.