Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi Season 1

Season 1

Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi Season 1

First Air Date: June 19, 2020

First Aired on    :   2020
Episodes    :   10 episodes



Episodes

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1x10 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.


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1x09 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 delicious food - Pad Thai is just the start.


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1x08 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, New Jersey, a Peruvian enclave, for a deeper look at this vibrant culture.


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1x07 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 surprising dishes and explores how Native Americans seek to reestablish a connection to the past in order to protect their future.


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1x06 Where the Kabob 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 kabob at a time.


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1x05 What Is Chop Suey Anyway? (June 18, 2020)


Chinese food is one of the most popular cuisines in the U.S. but the flavors of a vast country have been simplified over time. In San Francisco, Padma explores how Chinese immigrants and Chinese-Americans are broadening our understanding of this cuisine


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1x04 The Gullah Way (June 18, 2020)


The Gullah Geechee people 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 new friends and old, all working towards reclaiming their heritage.


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1x03 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 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.


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1x02 The All American Weiner (June 18, 2020)


Hot dogs, hamburgers, pretzels… Many think these foods are quintessentially American, but their origins are actually German. In Milwaukee, Padma meets descendants of early German immigrants who hold onto their heritage by celebrating and reclaiming it.


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1x01 Burritos at the Border (June 19, 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 this border city while discovering the origins of one of America’s most beloved cuisines.




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