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All Quotes by author - Padma Lakshmi
" All chefs are like Jewish mothers. They want to feed you and feed you and impress you. It's an eagerness to please. "
" During the course of filming 'Top Chef,' I gain 15 lbs., so I'm used to needing two dress sizes. "
" Every city has a Donald Trump; ours is just the Trumpiest. "
" Every country I would go to, even if it was just on a modeling job, I would go to their markets. If I went to Morocco for 'Elle' magazine, I would be in the spice markets during my off time and just come back with a suitcase full of stuff that I really wanted to try. "
" Flowers die and wine gets consumed. Both are lovely. I appreciate both. Wine and roses. I actually had someone bring me a lobe of foie gras once. "
" For a long time, I didn't know what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was desperate to find something that fit me and I just decided that if I could organically make a professional living out of the things that interested me, then I would be a happy person. "
" For a while, I became an atheist; now that I'm grown up, though, I'm not hard-edged enough to be an atheist. Even though I live with a flaming atheist, I love going to temple. I love all the rituals. "
" From the simple stringing together of lemon garlands for the goddess Durga, to dividing the prasadam or blessed foods for the children first, I came to associate food not only with feminity, but also with purity and divinity. "
" I am as omnivorous as it's possible to be. I always say there's nothing I won't eat and nothing I won't wear. "
" I am a sufferer of endometriosis. I didn't want any young women to go through what I went through. I thought that people should know about it. "
" I don't have any stigma attached to my body. When I'm in my own private space, I have very little on. "
" If you like a wine that you drink, now with your phone, it's so easy. Just take a picture of the label. You learn about it. You learn where it comes from and what the soil is like and why you like it. And that'll lead you to another wine. "
" I grew up a vegetarian. Then, because I grew up in the states, I started slowly eating meat. First it was bologna sandwiches, or pepperoni on pizza. "
" I have great empathy for all the contestants that come on 'Top Chef,' whether they go home right away or they make it to the finish line. It's a very vulnerable position they put themselves in and I feel for them. "
" I know most people use their phones to tell time, but there's something very romantic and beautiful about a timepiece. "
" I like me better naked. I don't mean that in a vain way... When you put clothes on, you immediately put a character on. Clothes are adjectives, they are indicators. When you don't have any clothes on, it's just you, raw, and you can't hide. "
" I love clothes, but really I don't have that much to say about skirts. Before I was writing, I went to fashion shows only when the designer was a good friend and I was there to show support. "
" I love seafood. I'm not a vegetarian but I'm probably a pescetarian. "
" I love to use a lot of spices when I cook, so we actually cast a real peppercorn in gold and then just made a bead out of it for necklaces and earrings. "
" I'm an immigrant kid who came to America from India when I was very young and grew up in New York City with a single mom and really was influenced by all of those immigrant cultures bumping up against each other. "
" I'm not attached to things at all. I'm very lucky to have quite a few beautiful things, but if I look back at my life, I was often happiest when I had very little. "
" I'm not of the American ilk that, you know, your lover needs to be your best friend and know you inside out. I think he should know you well enough to please you. Otherwise, what secret will there be to tell him when you're ninety? "
" I'm not tough. I'm tenacious. "
" I'm the kind of girl who thinks about what she's gonna cook for dinner when she's finishing her lunch. "
" I never Tweet about my daughter. Never. I just want to be respectful of her privacy. My job as a mom is to know when to open my mouth and when not to. "
" In truth, I am a single mother. But I don't feel alone at all in parenting my daughter. Krishna has a whole other side of her family who loves her, too. And so Krishna is parented by me, but also by her grandmother and aunts and cousins and uncles and friends. "
" I really like to sometimes go into food detox and eat very simply. "
" It doesn't matter how precisely the onion is cut as long as the person chewing it is happy. "
" I tend to sleep in the nude... I'm a sensual-leaning woman. You have to use the word 'leaning' or it sounds like I'm boasting. "
" I think eating in itself is the act of great sensuality, so all you have to do is point the camera in the right direction. "
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