Village Books is pleased to partner with the Bellingham Public Library to bring bestselling author and host of Top Chef and Taste the Nation, Padma Lakshmi to the Virtual Readings Gallery! She'll be presenting her brand new picture book, Tomatoes for Neela. A beautiful celebration of food and family, TOMATOES FOR NEELA lovingly affirms how we can connect to other cultures, as well as to our own, through food. Padma Lakshmi is the creator and host of Hulu's Taste the Nation and host and executive producer of the Emmy-winning Bravo series Top Chef. She is the bestselling author of two cookbooks, the Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs, as well as her memoir Love, Loss, and What We Ate. Lakshmi is also cofounder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America, an artist ambassador for the ACLU, and a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations. She lives in New York City with her daughter. Her favorite kind of tomato is a San Marzano.