Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir - Padma Lakshmi

Staff Pick

You don't have to watch Top Chef to enjoy this book by Indian-American cook Padma Lakshmi. From her early childhood in India while her single mother was working in the U.S., to her latchkey teenage years in California, Lakshmi writes openly about her life from the serious car accident that left her scarred, her modeling in Italy, her tumultuous relationship with Salman Rushdie, her painful and misunderstood endometriosis, and years later, her unexpected pregnancy and the question of who is the child's biological father.

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