As we start the fall season, Top Chef host and cookbook author Padma Lakshmi visited to share her tips for your next fall party, including a new cappucino recipe that you can enjoy at home and what you should look for when putting together the menu.

Padma (pictured above center during the finale of Top Chef: Texas) also talked about how her experience in the culinary world influences her when she's dining out, what her favorite restaurants are, and if she'll be writing a third cookbook. Her most recent, Tangy Tart Hot and Sweet, was released in 2007.

Check out the video interview with Padma below.

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