- Best-selling author and 'Top Chef' host Padma Lakshmi is working on a children's picture book.
Top Chef host and best-selling author Padma Lakshmi is working on her next book. The book will be her first children’s picture book Tomatoes for Neela.
Viking Children’s Books announced Tuesday that the book is scheduled for fall 2021. According to the publisher, Tomatoes for Neela is an intergenerational story about a little girl who likes to cook and helps prepare her family’s savory tomato sauce.
“Cooking and the passing down of food knowledge is one of the most enriching ways I bonded with the women in my family,” said Lakshmi said in a statement. “And it’s how I bond today with my daughter, passing down skills and advice that I hope will give her a lifetime of healthy eating long after I am gone.”
The book is a collaboration with prize-winning illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal and will include a recipe by Lakshmi, whose previous works include Easy Exotic and Love, Loss, and What We Ate.
Lakshmi currently stars on the Hulu original show Taste the Nation where she travels across America, exploring the rich and diverse food culture of various immigrant groups, seeking out the people who have so heavily shaped what American food is today.