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Monica’s first collection of short stories published on Oct 15th 2014 and immediately hit the Amazon Best Seller list for Short Story collections. It has already received terrific advance praise.

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Monica’s first fiction short story is part of a terrific collection of dark stories about Singapore. The collection, Singapore Noir, is edited by the uber talented Cheryl Tan and published by Akashic Books. The book released in June 2014

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Monica’s collection of food essays hits the shelves in April. 2015. Order now!  The book includes award-winning previously published essays and brand new essays as well.

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Modern Spice: Inspired Indian Flavors for the Contemporary Kitchen – Simon & Schuster, 2009

A local approach to global flavors, Modern Spice captures the spirit of Indian cuisine while updating the genre to reflect modern tastes and lifestyles. Author Monica Bhide builds on longstanding traditions and techniques to create stylish and refined Indian fare that captures the vibrant flavors and colors of a new generation. With a compelling foreword written by Mark Bittman, the award-winning author and food writer, Modern Spice dispels myths about Indian cuisine being all about the curry, while introducing its audience to a new chapter in Indian food.

This book was purchased, updated and released in India by Random House India in 2010.


The Everything Indian Cookbook: 300 Tantalizing Recipes–From Sizzling Tandoori Chicken to Fiery Lamb Vindaloo – Adams Media, 2004

A country of more than 1 billion people, with over a dozen languages, 800 recognized dialects, and several religions, India is as diverse as it gets! India’s cuisine has been influenced greatly by the multitude of invaders throughout the country’s history; the Mughals, Turks, Europeans, and Portuguese all left their mark. By adding their own cooking styles and ingredients, they provided a rich diversity, resulting in a unique cuisine. What holds this diverse cuisine together are the aromatic and flavorful spices. The art of Indian cooking is in blending spices so they are in perfect harmony in each dish. Monica Bhide perfectly blends the cultures and flavors of this diverse country in The Everything Indian Cookbook.

The Spice is Right: Easy Indian Cooking for Today – Callawind Publications, 2001

The Spice is Right proves that simple Indian cooking is within every home cook’s reach. Home cook and food writer, Monica Bhide has written a down-to-earth cookbook featuring 150 simple, healthful versions of Indian classics and Western favorites with an Indian twist. Recipes are easy to follow, use readily available ingredients, and don’t require complicated cooking methods. Perfect for newcomers to Indian cooking, the book is organized into menus, which takes the guesswork out of planning an Indian meal. What’s more, Bhide infuses the margins of each page with colorful anecdotes and invaluable cooking tips.




Monica has published one inspirational book for writers:


In Conversation with Exceptional women: I am very excited to announce this new book. I have been very blessed to be surrounded by people who continually inspire me. The women selected for this book are exceptional not only for what they have been able to accomplish in their own life, but also for what they inspire in others. I think the second is harder to do.  To me, each of these women represents not only a success story, but a hero, a role model and most importantly a hope. If they can all do it – and they all have the same number of hours in the day, same responsibilities, same fears — why can’t we? This ebook has over 50 interviews.

Nook version is here.

If you live in India, you can buy it here.

You can buy it on Amazon or you can order a PDF here.

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