event organized by Watermark
author appearance arranged by Adventures by the Book™
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
951 Sandisk Way
Milipitas, CA 95035
Cost: (non-members) $49, includes book
About the EventBased in the Los Altos, CA, Watermark is the the largest women's organization in the Bay Area, with over 700 senior executives & entrepreneurs and emerging executives. This impressive community of women has made it their mission to increase the representation of women in leadership positions by empowering their members to make their mark in their companies, careers and communities. Throughout the year Watermark brings its members and the Bay Area community inspirational speakers, aiming to inspire and empower women.
About the Book and Author
Padma Lakshmi is the host of the Emmy Award-winning, top-rated Bravo series Top Chef, and the author of two cookbooks: the award-winning Easy Exotic and Tangy, Tart, Hot & Sweet. The first internationally successful Indian supermodel, she has appeared in numerous fashion spreads and has walked the runway for designers Ralph Lauren, Emmanuel Ungaro, and Alberta Ferretti, and starred in campaigns for Versus and Roberto Cavalli. Padma was nominated for the 2006 prime-time Emmy Award for Outstanding Host on a Reality-Competition, and Top Chef won the 2010 Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.
Love, Loss, and What We Ate is a vivid memoir of food & family, survival & triumph: the book traces the arc of Padma Lakshmi’s unlikely path from an immigrant childhood to a complicated life in front of the camera. Long before Padma 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.