Host of Bravo's Top Chef
In 2009, Lakshmi co-founded the Endometriosis Foundation of America alongside world-renowned Advanced Gynecological Surgeon Tamer Seckin, MD. After suffering from the disease for decades herself, she has been able to make amazing strides with the Foundation such as launching the first interdisciplinary research facility in the country for Gynopathology as a joint project between Harvard Medical School and MIT, where she gave the keynote address at the Center’s opening in December 2009.
In addition to these current projects, Lakshmi is a savvy businesswoman with two companies of her own. The first is her fine jewelry collection, The Padma Collection, sold at many fine retailers nationwide. Secondly, she has created Easy Exotic, a collection of culinary products including fine teas and teapots; high-quality natural spice blends, roasting rubs and sea salts; as well as hard goods.
Lakshmi established herself as a food expert early on in her career, having hosted two successful cooking shows and writing a best-selling cookbook Easy Exotic, for which she won the International Versailles Event for best cookbook by a first time writer. Lakshmi followed this success with the publication of her second cookbook, Tangy, Tart, Hot & Sweet, released by Weinstein Books which has over 150 recipes from around the world alongside intriguing personal memoirs. In addition to her food writing, she has contributed to such magazines as American Vogue, Gourmet and British and American Harper's Bazaar.
Eating The World
Padma Lakshmi shares her philosophy on eating: the world is getting bigger and smaller at the same time; the United States is a microcosm of this trend—a place where the palate has become more adventurous, and where we are all a little bit Chinese, a little bit Mexican, a little bit Indian. A brilliant chef in her own right, and the author of two best-selling cookbooks, Lakshmi is an arbiter of taste and style worldwide.
Tangy, Tart, Hot and Sweet: A World of Recipes for Every Day
As host of Bravo's popular Top Chef, Padma reaches millions of viewers each week and returns to the page with recipes for sophisticated international cuisine that are easy to prepare. Inspired by her travels to some of the most secluded corners of the planet, Padma shares with cooks the origins of her latest exotic recipes. But you'll never have to feel as though you've just traveled the world in order to prepare them. Padma makes it simple to impress your guests with more than two hundred elegant and savory dishes. Tangy Tart Hot & Sweet is the perfect book for anyone who wants cooking to be easy, elegant, and unforgettable.