September 7, 2021

EP. 229 — What Are You Cooking Up This Fall? with Padma Lakshmi

Need a palate cleanser? Have we got an episode for you. Padma Lakshmi joins Jonathan to discuss the key to a great grilled cheese, the ingredient that makes her chicken stock sublime, her new children’s book Tomatoes For Neela, and so much more.

Padma Lakshmi is the creator and host of Hulu’s Taste the Nation and host and executive producer of the Emmy-winning Bravo series Top Chef. She is the bestselling author of two cookbooks,  the  Encyclopedia  of  Spices  and  Herbs,  as  well  as  her  memoir Love, Loss, and What We Ate.

You can follow Padma on Instagram and Twitter @padmalakshmi. Tomatoes For Neela is out now.

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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness & Padma Lakshmi JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness and every week I sit down for a gorgeous conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. On today’s episode, I’m joined by Padma Lakshmi, where I ask her: What are you cooking up this fall? Welcome to Getting Curious, this is Jonathan Van Ness. I’m so excited to welcome our guest. She is a literal Emmy-nominated food expert, television host, producer, and New York Times best selling author. But she’s also someone who I’m lucky enough to get to call a friend. Welcome to Getting Curious, Padma Lakshmi. How are you? PADMA LAKSHMI [00:00:35] I’m good, Jonathan. How are you? JVN [00:00:38] Good! People can’t see, which is their loss, unless they follow the social media. So they might get to see a little video of us. But this center part that you’re serving us today. I was also try to do

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