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Author: Padma Lakshmi Narrator: Padma Lakshmi Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2016 ISBN: 9780062445254
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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 camera—a tantalizing blend of Ruth Reichl’s Tender at the Bone and Nora Ephron’s Heartburn

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 that would become habit as an adult, 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.

Poignant 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 external.

Love, 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] appealing new memoir…The savoring of meals and snacks can be described as evocatively as the preparation.”

    USA Today

  • “There is more to the memoir than Lakshmi’s turbulent personal life. She also writes lovingly of her mother and extended maternal family in India.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “[An] open, thoughtful memoir.”

    Seattle Times

  • “The work of someone seriously dedicated to multiple achievements…this is a true gem of a memoir for reading, tasting, sharing, and learning.”


  • “The host of Top Chef narrates her memoir as if she’s telling her story to a trusted friend. She sounds expressive and vulnerable—revealing mistakes with a tone of regret, letting her love shine through the voices she creates for beloved family members, and enthusing about her passion for food, fashion, and travel…This well-crafted memoir will have broad appeal to listeners interested in remarkable lives.”


  • Love, Loss, and What We Ate is the Padma we didn’t know—a frank, introspective look at a fascinating and unusual life. Surprisingly revealing and disarmingly bittersweet.”

    Anthony Bourdain

  • “Beautifully written and moving, this book is also a feast for the senses that will leave you hungry for more…In telling her own story with such grace and artistry, she has created something culturally important for us all.”

    Susan Sarandon

  • “This vivid, generous, finely written memoir reveals the smart, vulnerable, and resourceful person behind the beautifully dressed judge telling the chefs to pack their knives and go home. And the recipes are great!”

    Francine Prose

  • A New York Times Bestseller

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About the Author

Padma Lakshmi is an award-winning cookbook author, an internationally renowned actress and model, and the host of Bravo TV’s highly acclaimed Top Chef. She lives in New York.