Celebrity Picks: Padma Lakshmi's Favorite Reads of 2016

PadmaWriter, producer, actress and all around Renaissance Woman, Padma Lakshmi, is probably best known for her long reign as the host of Bravo's Top Chef. This year she released an intimate memoir called Love, Loss, and What We Ate, which traces her humble beginnings in India to a successful career in television and beyond. It's also a lovely homage to the people who helped her along the way, and the foods that give this globe-trotting celebrity a sense of home.

See Padma's Lakshmi's picks below, and look here for more celebrity favorites. To learn more about the Amazon Books Editors' picks for the Best Books of the Year, click here.


 Padma Lakshmi's Favorite Reads of 2016

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The Alienist by Caleb Carr
While I am not normally someone who reads murder or suspense novels, I do love local history, especially about turn of the century New York. This thriller is gripping and historically accurate and I inhaled it in a weekend. I read it almost twenty years ago and it has stayed in my mind more vividly than most books I have read since.
 

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The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher
 I first read this anthology in college and nothing has shaped my writing in such a powerful way. Fisher is at once literary and culinary, elevating any subject she touches. WH Auden called her one of finest writers of his time.
 

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White Noise by Don DeLillo
This is book so current in its commentary on technology and our commercial culture it's hard to believe it was written thirty years ago. DeLillo's writing is so wry and exact in its sharpness, and such a pleasure to read. This is one of America most gifted writers at his finest.
 
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