01:30 PM EDT 07/10/2016
Originally posted 03/08/2016 10:45AM
When Padma Lakshmi, a model and young cookbook author, met Salman Rushdie in 1999, she was dazzled by his brilliance.
Padma Lakshmi Opens Up About Childhood Sexual Abuse: 'If Women Like Me Don't Talk About It, Who Will?'
Originally posted 03/08/2016 09:30AM
In her new memoir Love, Loss And What We Ate, Padma Lakshmi reveals that she was molested as a young girl by a relative of her then-stepfather.
Originally posted 03/08/2016 09:40AM
As a woman with severe endometriosis, Padma Lakshmi was pretty much told by her doctor she would never conceive "the old fashioned way." So when she discovered she was pregnant in 2009, the news, she says, "sent a shock through my body."
Originally posted 03/06/2016 01:30PM
When Padma Lakshmi was a young model in Milan, Italy, in the early nineties, it was a time of experimentation, losing her inhibitions and indulging what she describes as her "curiosities and fantasies."
'I Just Wanted My Own Identity': Padma Lakshmi Reveals Her Blossoming Career Added Strain to Marriage to Salman Rushdie
Originally posted 03/06/2016 11:00AM
When Padma Lakshmi initially began writing her new memoir Love, Loss And What We Ate – which is excerpted in the upcoming issue of PEOPLE – she says, "I just started writing a book on health and healthy eating. And the book was supposed to use my own life as an example."
Originally posted 01/04/2016 06:20PM
Originally posted 10/19/2015 12:10PM
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Originally posted 08/14/2015 10:45AM
Padma Lakshmi knows how to find the positive in every situation, even unwanted weight gain.
Originally posted 04/16/2015 01:50AM
"She said, 'Oh Mommy, please don't try those on!' " the Top Chef star tells PEOPLE
Originally posted 04/14/2015 10:10AM
Sure, Walking Dead star Norman Reedus copped to licking the occasional person and/or zombie on Conan last month.
That doesn't mean the actor is going around putting his tongue on just anyone.
"The licking thing, that got way blown out of proportion, I'll be honest," he told PEOPLE on Monday at the Endometriosis Foundation of America's (EFA) 7th Annual Blossom Ball in New York City. "I do lick people from time to time, and they asked me to stop licking people, but I don't lick strangers – I lick people I know."
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