This week’s episode is guaranteed to inspire. My guest is the one and only Padma Lakshmi. I was lucky enough to record with her last week at Soho House in New York to celebrate her memoir “Love, Loss, and What We Ate.” In it she recalls her (sometimes fraught) childhood going back and forth between India and The United States, how her relationship with her body (and discovering she had endometriosis) shaped her life, and so much more. She also candidly reveals much about her relationships with Salman Rushdie and Teddy Forstmann. Now, add some of her secret family recipes to the book and you have the most delicious read imaginable. Ultimately, I got a sense that Padma is a fiercely independent (and damn amazing) woman whose forged her own path, turning the obstacles in her way into opportunities. I took so much away from this conversation and I hope you do too.
In person, Padma’s presence is undeniable; and her grace and beauty could be totally overwhelming were she not so warm and cheeky — you’ll hear how funny and witty she is in this interview from the get-go. Do let us know what you think of the show on Twitter and Instagram @litupshow. I’m sure this week’s show will bring up a lot for people and we’d love to hear how it affected you.
See you next week!
Photos courtesy Vincent Razzi Jr. for Soho House.
Emmy-nominated Padma Lakshmi is known internationally as an actress, food expert, model and award-winning author. Lakshmi recently wrapped her twelfth season as the host of Bravo’s Emmy award-winning Top Chef. she is also the author of the best-selling cookbook Easy Exotic, for which she won the International Versailles Event for best cookbook by a first time writer. Lakshmi followed this success with the publication of her second cookbook, Tangy, Tart, Hot & Sweet, released by Weinstein Books, which has over 150 recipes from around the world alongside intriguing personal memoirs.
In addition to these current projects, Lakshmi is a savvy businesswoman with multiple companies of her own. Her debut home décor line, The Padma Collection, hit floors in Bloomingdale’s stores nationwide with tabletop dishware, stemware and hand-blown glass décor pieces. She has also created Padma’s Easy Exotic, a collection of culinary products including frozen organic foods, fine teas, natural spice blends, as well as hard goods.
For The Food Network, Lakshmi hosted Padma’s Passport where she cooked diverse cuisine from around the world. Lakshmi has also hosted Planet Food, a documentary series broadcast on The Food Network and worldwide on the Discovery Channel where she journeyed to countries such as Spain and India. Lakshmi is Emmy nominated for her role as host and judge on Bravo’s Top Chef which has recently been awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Competition Show. Other television credits include co-hosting Rai Television’s Domenica In, Italy’s highest rated program.
Lakshmi is also an accomplished writer. In addition to her food writing, she has contributed to such magazines as Vogue, Gourmet and British and American Harper’s Bazaar as well as had a syndicated column on fashion and food for The New York Times.
Originally known as the first internationally successful Indian supermodel and often noted as a global style icon, Lakshmi has been featured as People magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful People and 25 Most Intriguing People, AOL’s Top 20 Style Influencers, Gotham magazine’s Best Dressed New Yorkers, and part of The Elle 25.