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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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

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I always wanted to read Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir by Padma Lakshmi ever since I heard she was writing it. I haven't really been seeing much of her work, but I did see one of her travel shows a long time back, and then again saw her in the cooking show on television. And of course the fact that she was famously married to author Salman Rushdie was also a chief reason to read more about it.

Other than that, the fact that the book was also going to somehow revolve around food was quite intriguing. I mean, I would not have associated Padma Lakshmi as someone whose memoir would include food in a big way. So that was also quite the curiosity angle there.

And if you have not yet read about the book at all, let me tell you this - it is a delicious, tangy, spicy, sweet, sour, appetizing and really aromatic memoir - yes, I used the word 'aromatic' to describe a book, and there's ample reason to do so :) 



A Quick Look At What The Book Is About: The Book Cover


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 favourite food remained 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.

What I Think About The Book


When it comes to celebrities and people we see on screen, there is always that certain charm and glamour, the thought that they live a fairytale life, full of glamorous parties and extravagant lifestyles and luxuries that make no sense, and that are out of reach of most regular people. We also often tend to think of these celebrities as essentially happy, because they seem to have all the best things in life, all that money can buy and more. But once you read these stories, that peep into the innermost areas of their real lives, lives away from the screen, that is when you see that not all that glitters is gold, or diamond, or even silver!


If you are a foodie, or have even the basic interest in good food, then this book is something you’d love to read. Every page brings with it a fresh aroma, a new spicy taste that will take you back to some childhood memory that you associate with food – I can guarantee that. Not only that, if you are a female, her memoir will make you nod at so many points through the book. She tells you how, as a woman, even a celebrity at that, most of the decisions that she took in life were taken from her heart, and almost always revolved around those she loved, which most often than not turned out to be the wrong men in her life, who she loved in the right way.


I loved reading it, and the fact that it is only about 330 pages means that it is a real quick read. Perfect for your travel time, a beach getaway, or even those times when you don’t want anything heavy to read but still want something very interesting and nice.

Do I Recommend It?


Absolutely!!!


- Debolina Raja