Referring to almost 2-year-old Krishna she said, “One thing I’ll say, in truth – I am a single parent. But I don’t feel alone at all in parenting my daughter. I have a big family, who I am surrounded by, and friends. Krishna has a whole other side of her family who loves her, too. And so Krishna is parented by me, but also by her grandmother and aunts and cousins and uncles and friends. It’s a corny thing, but it does take a village. The more who encompass her, the more different-kinds of people who are in Krishna’s life, the better off she is.”
A regular user of Twitter, she mentions recipes and gives friendly responses but never mentions her daughter.
The Top Chef host said, “I never tweet about my daughter. Never. I just want to be respectful of her privacy. My job as a mom is to know when to open my mouth and when not to. It’s not my place to make those decisions for other members of my family. I try to be respectful of that.”
As a foodie, she makes sure Krishna eats healthy.
She shares, “My family has a really good diet. It’s mostly plant-based. She eats a lot of vegetables — kale and cauliflower. Lots of fruits. Lots of beans – every lentil on the planet she can get her hands on. She loves couscous.It’s not a lot of meat. I will introduce chicken and after, other meats, just because I want her to have a diverse diet so she can get along wherever she is and whoever she’s with.”
On getting her post-baby body back, she says it was “really hard.”
I have a really good metabolism, I’ve always been pretty thin and I’m 5’9”. But it was hard. I gained 45 pounds when I was pregnant and I was bedridden for six weeks after she was born. I didn’t have the luxury of going to the gym and I had to go right back to work. And my job is about eating every day – way more than you would ever want to. I wasn’t like those girls who give birth and are back on the runway. It took me probably six months to gain 45 pounds and I would say it took me double that time to lose it.”
Her advice on entertaining at home?
Lakshmi said, “I always suggest you make it clear if it’s an adult party or is it a child’s party. If it’s an event with children and you do have wine there, you want to be very responsible. You want to make sure there’s a lot of food. You want to be sure they are eating while they’re drinking and they’re not having more than one glass of wine or cocktail an hour, that they’re definitely not driving afterwards. And that there are enough people taking care of and keeping an eye on the children.”