Padma Lakshmi tours the country in her new Hulu series “Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi” where she examines different cultures and its culinary influences on American or Americanized fare. Lakshmi opens each of the 10 episodes by reminding viewers that she immigrated to the United States from India as a child before talking about the individual episode’s cultural focus.
As the food-revering host savors different dishes she speaks with people from different cultures to share their immigration story or about how a dish connects them with their culture. Lakshmi experiences authentic (pre-Spanish colonization) Mexican food, Navajo dishes, Gullah cuisine and more as she tries to identify what American food actually consists of. Instead of finding a particular dish, Lakshmi shatters the idea that any one food is distinctly American as all of the recipes are rooted in other cultures.