Nila is a freelance journalist and Clinical Psychology Doctoral student…
Activist, model, author, host, and renowned chef, Padma Lakshmi is a trailblazer that never ceases to amaze us. Even in this pandemic, she has managed to change the world through what she knows best, food! From her cooking tips on Instagram to her travels on “Taste the Nation” she never stops working. And this time, Lakshmi is collaborating with Etsy to bring a little bit of her unique magic into our own kitchens!
Hand-picked by Lakshmi herself, she has curated a collection of elegant sculptural serving bowls, candy-colored glasses, and festive table linens that will add sophistication to any home. “When I’m entertaining, I want every piece on the table to be just as meaningful and impactful as the food, company, and conversation itself,” Lakshmi told Etsy Journal.
The best part? Lakshmi’s Etsy edit also supports independent entrepreneurs which makes this collection even more special!
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In case an Etsy shop wasn’t enough, Lakshmi is taking on new challenges with her brand. She recently joined forces with Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal to write a children’s book titled ‘Tomatoes For Neela.’ (What can I say, she loves me ;). The dust cover reads, “Neela loves cooking with her amma and writing down the recipes in her notebook. It makes her feel closer to her Paati who lives far away in India. On Saturdays, Neela and Amma go to the green market and today they are buying tomatoes to make Paati’s famous sauce. But first, Neela needs to learn about all the different kinds of tomatoes they can pick from. And as Neela and Amma cook together, they find a way for Paati to share in both the love and the flavors of the day.”
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With this book, Lakshmi takes young readers on an inter-generational journey full of delicious flavors and fun food facts that celebrates a family’s treasured recipes. Juana Martinez-Neal brings to life Lakshmi’s vision and a colorful ‘Tomatoes for Neela’ allows children to connect with not just their own culture but learn of new cultures through food. Expected to be available from August 31st, this book is a celebration of food and family.
We got a little peek of the book on the Etsy edit post as well and we will surely be waiting for this one!
Nila is a freelance journalist and Clinical Psychology Doctoral student who was born and raised in New York City. There is very little she loves more than Harry Potter marathons, pizza, 90s Bollywood, bagels, falooda, and her family. She hopes to use her powers for good by spreading mental health awareness and positivity in the South Asian community through her love of writing.