The tale, spanning continents, includes cultural dislocation, illness, racism, sexual assault, love, heartbreak, marriage, death, divorce, single motherhood, custody battles, weight battles, a “Lean-in” class in brand-building. She didn’t set out to write a full memoir, Lakshmi says by phone from her New York City apartment.Her contract was for a healthy-eating book with personal stories illustrating her philosophy about food, a topic “entwined in everything that I touch,” she says. when Padma was two; Padma joined her two years later.And in the book, published in the US on Tuesday, the 45-year-old details a series of fiery relationships, including that with Sir Salman.Miss Lakshmi and Sir Salman married in 2004, dividing their time between London – where his two sons lived – and New York.
But in order to do that, it required that I wasn't everywhere that he needed me to be." Miss Lakshmi developed endometriosis, a painful condition affecting the lining of the womb, she writes that Sir Salman was unsympathetic.
The presenter and writer went on to become involved with Ted Forstmann, the billionaire chief executive of sports and artist management company IMG, who died in 2011 aged 71.
She has a six-year-old daughter, Krishna, with Adam Dell, the venture capitalist.
“The kids want to protest because they want to be able to read their books from home during rest periods at other times during the day.” The mini-bookworm and her kindergarten classmates haven’t yet staged the protest, and Krishna was bringing the sign to school in preparation for the exercise in political demonstration.
Krishna is the only daughter of Lakshmi and ex Adam Dell, a venture capitalist whose brother Michael founded computer manufacturer Dell Inc.
"It's strange, given that I've been married four times, but I actually don't think marriage is necessary," he said.