Indian-American Padma Lakshmi is famous for being a lot of things: a highly-paid fashion model, the wife of British novelist and knight Salman Rushdie, and a judging host on the Bravo reality television culinary contest series Top Chef. Becoming a recognizable personality to millions of viewers for her stint on the show, her familiar face also graces her latest cookbook, which is set to be released this October. The gastronomic tome is titled Tangy, Tart, Hot and Sweet: A World of Recipes for Everyday, and it is said to detail the recipes for sophisticated and international fare which is likewise easy to prepare.
Some of the myriad tasty treats to be found within are Barbecue Korean Short Ribs, Roasted Citrus Chicken, and Honeycomb Ice Cream. More than 200 recipes are featured in the book, running the whole gamut of delicious dining and including appetizers, soups, main courses, and desserts. Lakshmi draws on her travels across the globe and her origins in ancestral India in order to devise her instructions for cooking, and she maintains that one must not only satisfy their guests with appetizing chow, but impress them as well by utilizing simple and easy cooking methods that anyone can learn.
The fashion model and television personality is no stranger to bringing the wonders of the kitchen to the written word, as proven with the release of her previous cookbook, Easy Exotic. That initial literary endeavor detailed recipes for helping maintain a healthy, low-fat diet, and was recognized with the Best First Book award during the 1999 World Cookbook Awards in Versailles, France. She has worked on other television series as a host and as an actress, appearing in shows such as The Ten Commandments, Melting Pot: Padma’s Passport, and Star Trek: Enterprise. She also had a role in the film The Mistress of Spices.