About Monica




Author Bio:

“Monica has a marvellous ability to translate seemingly exotic concepts into comforting, clear prose. Her detailed style provides a great balance between the personal and the objective, and readers are always meant to feel included in her culinary adventures. Her writing is versatile, informative and full of the positive energy that she communicates so well.”                                     Jon Bonne, MSNBCi

Monica Bhide is an internationally renowned writer known for sharing food, culture, mystery, love, and life with a lyrical voice. Having roots and experience in many places, Monica is now based in the Washington, DC area. She has built a diverse and solid audience through the publication of three cookbooks, a book of essays, a collection of interviews with exceptional women in food and one of short stories, her website, MonicaBhide.com, and articles in top-tier media including Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, Saveur, The Washington Post, Health, the New York Times, Ladies Home Journal, AARP The Magazine, Parents, among others. Her books have been published by Simon & Schuster and Random House(India). Monica released her debut short story collection, The Devil in Us, in October 2014. Her sixth book, A Life of Spice, a collection of food essays, was released on April 27, 2015.

An engaging story teller, informed educator, and popular lecturer, Monica has taught writing and social media workshops around the world, at Food Bloggers Connect (London), Association of Food Journalists (Salt Lake City), Eat Write Retreat (DC and Philadelphia), Food and Wine Conference (Orlando), Georgetown University (as a guest speaker), Yale University (as a guest speaker), and many others. She frequently teaches writing classes for Smithsonian Associates in Washington, DC. Monica is also a frequent presence on NPR.

Monica has given keynote speeches at various organizations for the past several years. Her topics have included finding your creative self and renewing your creative strength in an ever-changing world.

Monica’s food writing has garnered numerous accolades and been included in four Best Food Writing anthologies (2005, 2009, 2010, 2014). The Chicago Tribune named her one of seven food writers to watch in 2012. In April 2012, Mashable.com picked her as one of the top ten food writers on Twitter. Monica has a growing audience of thousands of engaged followers on Twitter, Facebook and MonicaBhide.com.

Monica has served on judging panels for scholarships to the Greenbrier Symposium for Professional Food Writers, James Beard Foundation awards, and many other food and writing competitions.

Monica’s cosmopolitan background puts her in the unique position to relate to American, British, European, Middle Eastern, and Eastern cultures. She has lived and worked in India, Bahrain, and the United States.

Monica has received the following writing honors:

  • Recipient of the Susan B. Langhorne Scholarship for Food Writers at the Greenbrier Symposium for Professional Food Writers in 2004, and runner-up for the 2005 award. She won a full Greenbrier scholarship in 2011
  • Essays included in Best Food Writing 2005, Best Food Writing 2009,, Best Food Writing 2010, and Best Food Writing 2014
  • Runner-up for the David Leite Scholarship offered by the Greenbrier Symposium for Professional Food Writers in 2008
  • Finalist for IACP’s Bert Greene Award, 2008
  • Modern Spice was picked by Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi as one of the “Best Books Ever” for Newsweek in 2009.


Monica is a graduate of The George Washington University, Washington, DC. She holds a master’s degree from Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA and a bachelor’s degree from Bangalore University, Bangalore, India. She feels fortunate for her rich education and enjoys giving back to the global community by serving on committees and volunteering for Les Dames d’ Escoffier, the International Association of Culinary Professionals, and other organizations.








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