Analysis: Padma Lakshmi’s ‘Taste the Nation: Holiday Edition’ gets to the heart of immigrant communities

Analysis: Padma Lakshmi’s ‘Taste the Nation: Holiday Edition’ gets to the heart of immigrant communities


I, however, have not been following my own advice. Between the Halloween candy and “testing” out possible Thanksgiving recipes, my scale has turned on me lately.

And let’s not even talk about how fast Christmas is coming up (thanks, Mariah Carey) and all the gorging that entails.

‘Taste the Nation: Holiday Edition’

Award-winning host, executive producer, cookbook author and famous foodie Padma Lakshmi breaks bread with different communities as she explores the rich and diverse food cultures of various immigrant groups across America.

This delicious four-part holiday edition highlights unique traditions through the lens of immigrant cultures and communities, including Lunar New Year in Los Angeles’ Koreatown and a Cuban Christmas in Miami.

It’s currently streaming on Hulu.

‘The Electrical Life of Louis Wain’

(From left) Benedict Cumberbatch as Louis Wain and Claire Foy as Emily Richardson-Wain star in "The Electrical Life of Louis Wain."

If you need someone to play an eccentric character, who better to get than Benedict Cumberbatch?

He portrays British illustrator Louis Wain in his adventures from the late 1800s through the 1930s. Wain seeks to unlock the “electrical” mysteries of the world, all while producing his work built around cat and kittens.

It’s interesting, to be sure, and starts streaming on Amazon Prime Friday.

‘The Harder They Fall’

(From left) Regina King, Idris Elba and LaKeith Stanfield star in "The Harder They Fall."

Idris Elba stars as a man who is released from prison, only to be hunted by an enemy who rounds up a gang to exact revenge in this Western.

Oh, and did we mention that Elba’s character, Rufus Buck, also has his own gang, including characters played by Regina King and LaKeith Stanfield?

It’s streaming on Netflix.

Two things to listen to

(From left) ABBA members Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus are shown, circa 1975.

What’s a few decades between friends?

After 40 years, Swedish pop group ABBA is gifting us with a new album titled “Voyage.”

It has been quite the trip for Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, who became an iconic group after winning Eurovision in 1974.

They have now reunited for those of us who still sing the iconic past hits “Dancing Queen” and “Take a Chance on Me” at the top of our lungs.

The new album drops Friday.

Summer Walker performs onstage at the BET Experience Staples Center Concert in LA, June 20, 2019.

Being an R&B star can be difficult when you have social anxiety, but it hasn’t stopped Summer Walker from making incredible music.

Based on the track list for her latest, “Still Over It,” that she posted this week on social media, Walker has a few things to say about broken relationships.

And we are here for it.

“Still Over It” is out Friday.

One thing to talk about

Kristen Stewart attends the LA premiere of "Spencer" at the DGA Theater Complex on October 26.

By now, you should probably already know I am a major Anglophile.

I mean, I have rewatched “The Crown” and “The Tudors” a ridiculous amount of times, even with the full awareness that the shows take, shall we say, “liberties” with the historical accuracy.

So it should come as no surprise that I am beyond excited for the debut of the film “Spencer,” starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana.
Check out this episode of my show Pop Life Pop Off! about our fascination with the royals and why, even though there is already some Oscar buzz, Stewart will always be “the girl from ‘Twilight'” for me.

Something to sip on

Social media platforms are a great place to find a meme or two when you need a good laugh.
Memes have been helping us get through the pandemic, according to Popular Science.

The publication reported on a study that concluded Covid-19 memes actually helped people feel less stressed.

Now, I’m not endorsing said study, but I will say my meme game picked up during the pandemic and has definitely helped me get a sorely needed chuckle here and there. I’ve heard from others that my memes have also brightened their day here and there (including Dr. Sylvia K., who had me as a guest on her podcast recently).
Laughter is so good for the soul, and I implore you all to meme it up and share the joy. And if you’d like more tips to help manage stress, sign up for CNN’s new six-part guide, Stress, But Less.



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