#55 — Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir

Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir by Padma Lakshmi
Rating: 2/5
  • The counterpoint to Salman Rushdie’s memoir, Joseph Anton. She was a lot more generous with him than he was with her, and managed to come out looking much better. It was a very smart and calculated move if it was one — my cynical self says yes, since it’s clear she’s not stupid. On the other hand, the baby daddy drama in the last half of the book wasn’t very flattering for her image
  • The book read easily, though some parts ran a little long — the food descriptions of her childhood were interesting at first, but without pictures or a deep knowledge of Indian food, it’s easy to get lost. The second half of her book, which was largely about her love life post-Rushdie was an agonizingly boring read
  • You get the sense through her writing that she is a very serious person or wants to be thought of as such. Earlier in the book she says Rushdie is an egocentric who cannot laugh at himself — it appears they share some similarities as there is zero humor in the book