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Keynote speaker for MOSAIC


I was so delighted and honored to be a keynote speaker for an event sponsored by Friends of the Library, Montgomery County (FOLMC) – Mosaic: Celebrating Diversity Through Creative Writing contest. “FOLMC sponsor’s this contest in conjunction with the Montgomery County Public School System. Mosaic is for middle school students and is designed to get them thinking and writing about […]

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Kojo Show and Live Reading Event at Equinox


Friends — On Dec 18th, I will be live on The Kojo Nnamdi Show discussing my book The Devil in Us and also talking about my fav reads of this year. I hope you will call in! We are scheduled to be on from 1:00 – 2:00 on WAMU. I am so very honored, and still a […]

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Les Dames DC – Culinary Women in Words event


I was delighted and honored to participate in Les Dames d’Escoffier DC Chapter’s first annual book signing event. What made this really special is that they were kind enough to let me sign copies of  The Devil in Us! Also thrilled that my little book made this AMAZING Huffington Post List – Best Cookbook Gifts for the […]

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Sacred Foods of India event at the Smithsonian


On Dec 4th I conducted a special event at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. – I gave a lecture on how religions create food cultures in India. Here is a more formal description of the event, the food and, of course, some photos. I am pleased and humbled that the event sold out! India, one […]

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Mid-Atlantic Food Writers Symposium


Friends – I am so delighted to let you know that I have been invited to speak at the first Mid-Atlantic Food Writers Symposium. The organizers, including Patrick Evans Hylton, have invited some terrific speakers to share their knowledge of of the food world. I hope you will come and attend. I look forward to seeing […]

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Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival 2014


I was so delighted to be a part of the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival this year. I am grateful to be invited and honored that so many kids come to participate and spend time with me. A life changing experience! I would love to share that experience with you in pictures:   Customize your own […]

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Food Bloggers Connect 2014- London


I am so delighted and so honored to be speaking at the Food Bloggers Connect 2014 conference in London this year. Come join us! I will be conducting several food writing workshops. REGISTER NOW Here is a list of all the terrific speakers at the conference.  Here is a look at some of the workshops […]

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Where in the world is Monica?


Hello, friends!   I hope to see you all at one of these fun events!  Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival —  I am so delighted to let you know that I was invited by the government of UAE to come and present my love of spices and cooking to kids in Sharjah. I will be there […]