Padma Lakshmi Eats Like a Queen and We’re Admittedly a Little Jealous

Cover. LOVE LOSS AND WHAT WE ATE. Padma Lakshmi

Diehard Top Chef fans know Padma Lakshmi as the kind and inscrutable host who has sent chef after chef packing with the now famous line, “Pack your knives and go.” When she’s not on TV, Lakshmi is a chef in her own right, an Emmy winner, and now the author of a deeply personal new memoir Love, Loss, and What We Ate, which is out now. Though she now lives in New York with her family, she grew up surrounded by family in India, between Chennai and and Kerala, absorbing all of the flavors of the region. In between book signings and readings, Lakshmi gave us a call to let us in on what it’s like to be like (and eat like) Padma.

What was the last thing you ate?
I’m actually taking this call from the middle of a fabulous Persian feast in San Diego, where I’m grabbing a bite before a stop on my book tour. I ordered a stew with lots of spinach, parsley, and pine nuts; another stew with pomegranates and walnuts; a salad of chopped cucumber, parsley, tomato, and onions; and broiled chicken soaked in turmeric and saffron. My favorite part is the Persian crispy rice: The crusty bottom is so beautiful. Persians are the only ones—other than Indians—who know how to cook rice properly.

What’s the weirdest thing in your fridge right now?
First, we have this Indian lime pickle that comes from a village in Kerala. Whenever I go, I smuggle it back in my suitcase—or we have relatives bring it with them. They’re these round bulbs that grow deep in the dirt that are then pickled with chopped lime leaf, dried chile salt, and tamarind; you use it as a pickle for rice and lentil dishes or in yogurt dishes. We …read more

Source:: Bon Appetit