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Padma Lakshmi—Love, Loss and What We Ate

Asia Society and the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC)
Padma Lakshmi, Credit Inez and Vinoodh, Cover, Love, Loss and What We Ate, Courtesy HarperCollins.

NEW YORK, March 10, 2016 — Cookbook author, actress, model, television host, and producer Padma Lakshmi discusses her new book, "Love, Loss, and What We Ate," a memoir that traces her path from an immigrant childhood to a complicated life in front of the camera. After a short reading from her book, Lakshmi was interviewed on stage by producer, curator, and educator DJ Rekha. (1 hr., 17 min)


Please note later start time of 7:30 pm.

Asia Society and the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) present Love, Loss and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi.

Cookbook author, actress, model, television host and producer Padma Lakshmi discusses her new book, Love, Loss, and What We Ate, a vivid memoir of food and family, survival and triumph which traces Lakshmi's unlikely path from an immigrant childhood to a complicated life in front of the camera. In conversation with producer, curator and educator DJ Rekha.

Followed by a reception, book sale and signing.

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"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

Padma Lakshmi is the Emmy-nominated host of the highly rated and critically acclaimed, Emmy-winning Bravo series "Top Chef," and the author of two cook-books: Tangy, Tart, Hot & Sweet and the award-winning Easy Exotic. In addition to her culinary achievements, Lakshmi has contributed to such magazines as Vogue, Gourmet, and Harper’s Bazaar (UK and US), and has penned a syndicated column on fashion and food for the New York Times. Her television-hosting credits include "Planet Food" and "Padma’s Passport," as well as other programs in the United States and abroad. A global style icon and the first internationally successful Indian supermodel, Lakshmi is also at the helm of her own companies such as the Padma Collection and Easy Exotic.

Lakshmi is a cofounder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America. Since 2009, the organization has advocated for early diagnosis, promoted research, and raised awareness in the medical community and the greater public about this devastating chronic disease which affects over 190 million women worldwide.

DJ Rekha is a producer, curator and educator based in New York City. She is the founder of the Basement Bhangra™, Bollywood Disco and co-founder of Mutiny Club nights. Rekha was the sound designer for the TONY award-winning Broadway Show, "Bridge and Tunnel", received a Drama Desk Award nomination for her work on the play "Rafta Rafta"and is the associate producer for the NPR Radio Documentary, "A Feet in Two Worlds." Her debut album, DJ Rekha presents Basement Bhangra was released in 2007. In 2009, DJ Rekha was inducted into the New York City's Peoples’ Hall of Fame. She has curated events for Celebrate Brooklyn, Central Park Summerstage and has performed internationally. DJ Rekha was a Grand Marshall of the 9th Annual NYC Dance Parade in 2015. She has taught at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. You can see her perform live the first Thursdays at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City and hear her weekly podcast "Bhangra and Beyond."

Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC). 



Event Details

Thu 10 Mar 2016
7:30pm - 9:00pm

725 Park Avenue at 70th Street

Online ticketing is currently closed for tonight's program but tickets are still available for purchase at the front desk. Members (IAAC & Asia Society) $8, Seniors/Students:$10, Non-members: $12