Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi (2020)

Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi (2020)

Host Padma Lakshmi takes audiences on a journey across America, exploring the rich and diverse food culture of various immigrant groups, seeking out the people who have so heavily shaped what American food is today.

Cast: Padma Lakshmi

10Season 1

Zen and the Art of Poke

June 18, 2020

Padma dives into Japanese culture, ubiquitous in Honolulu, to understand just how far their cultural footprint reaches. She slings fish and rolls sushi where a century and a half ago Japanese immigrants first docked on Hawaii's shores.

09Season 1

The Pad Thai Gamble

June 18, 2020

Las Vegas is home to one of the largest groups of Thai immigrants in the country, many of whom were women who came here after marrying American soldiers during the Vietnam War. Padma hears their stories over food.

08Season 1

Dancing In Little Lima

June 18, 2020

Peruvian cuisine hasn't quite had its moment on the American food scene, but Padma knows the power of a great bowl of ceviche; she visits Paterson, N.J.,, a Peruvian enclave, for a deeper look at this vibrant culture.

07Season 1

The Original Americans

June 18, 2020

What is the original American cuisine? Padma travels to Arizona to eat food that is indigenous to this land. She tries some dishes and explores how Native Americans seek to reestablish a connection to the past to protect their future.

06Season 1

Where the Kebob Is Hot

June 18, 2020

Padma tastes her way through Los Angeles, sampling one of her favorite cuisines: Persian food; the community opens up about the misconceptions some Americans have about Iranians, one kebab at a time.

05Season 1

What is Chop Suey Anyway?

June 18, 2020

Chinese food is one of the most popular cuisines in the USA, but the flavors have been simplified over time; in SF, Padma explores how Chinese immigrants and Chinese-Americans are broadening people's understanding of this cuisine.

04Season 1

The Gullah Way

June 18, 2020

The Gullah Geechee of South Carolina are fighting to preserve the traditions passed down from their ancestors, West Africans forced into slavery; Padma catches and cracks crab with friends, all working towards reclaiming their heritage.

03Season 1

Don't Mind if I Dosa

June 18, 2020

Padma asks family, friends and those she admires how they hold onto Indian culture and pass it down to the next generation; In NYC, she cooks the dishes that remind her of her original home and tastes Indian foods near her current home.

02Season 1

The All American Weiner

June 18, 2020

Hot dogs, hamburgers, pretzels...many think these foods are quintessentially American, but their original are actually German. In Milwaukee, Padma meets descendants of early German immigrants who hold onto their heritage.

01Season 1

Burritos at the Border

June 18, 2020

El Paso was once part of Mexico. Its border location defines the region's identity and the complexity of America's political landscape. Padma eats her way through the city while discovering the origins of America's most beloved cuisines.