Monica Bhide | Recipes, Stories, Inspiration http://monicabhide.com Nourishing you with tales of food and culture Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:21:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.2 60711327 Does every dream need to come true? http://monicabhide.com/every-dream-need-come-true/ http://monicabhide.com/every-dream-need-come-true/#respond Fri, 06 Jan 2017 22:02:34 +0000 http://monicabhide.com/?p=9521 My reality and my longing tango again. The longing inside my heart, which I often describe as an ache, is strong, ever present. It won’t let me be. It isn’t a pain, it isn’t sadness, it isn’t melancholy, I don’t know how to describe it except that this ache is what keeps me alive, keeps […]

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My reality and my longing tango again. The longing inside my heart, which I often describe as an ache, is strong, ever present. It won’t let me be. It isn’t a pain, it isn’t sadness, it isn’t melancholy, I don’t know how to describe it except that this ache is what keeps me alive, keeps me going. It is this ache that wakes me up in the middle of the night to make furious notes in my bedside notebook. Nine out of ten times, the notes help me find the characters for my fiction, the topics for my essays, the themes for my spiritual writing. The ache makes me constantly long for an unseen dream, search toward an unknown destination. I am looking for something, not quite sure what it is, but something in the back of my mind keeps nagging, pushing, nudging me toward an undefined future.

I talk to a friend who suggests visualizing my longing, in hopes that it will settle the ache. After all, argues my friend, there have been studies proving that the subconscious brain cannot differentiate between reality and imagined reality—meaning that if you visualize yourself succeeding at something, you can trick your brain into thinking that you truly are succeeding.

I try for months: yoga, meditation, deep breathing. I try to visualize the ache—I see muted colors, I hear high winds, I see storms, I see waves, I see dark skies, it is all foggy, it is all so far away. It takes a while and then the fog begins to clear. My longing begins to take shape. I can see the vision that my heart has for me. It is clearly an impossible dream. It is big, it is wild, it is terrific and terrifying at the same time. It is the highest of the high, and yet as I see the truth of the longing in my heart, I am suddenly hit with a thought: If the crazy, impossible dream does materialize, then what? Will I have nothing to aspire to, nothing to look forward to? Do I even deserve to think I can do this? What makes me think that this longing can be my reality?

During the visualizations the ache disappears but then, just like that, as soon as I stop it is back.

The more I try to tame it, the stronger the ache grows. The tango between my reality and my longing is almost violent right now. They are both pushing to define me. It is a scary proposition for me no matter how I look at it. I am content where I am and yet I am totally dissatisfied. The dichotomy of the human mind—or am I just insane?

I begin to stop resisting the longing. I begin to see it as my friend instead of something I need to tame into a more practical reality. Perhaps my longing is a sign of hope, a sign that I need to keep doing what I am doing, and that I should not try to lose the ache. Perhaps the ache exists to remind me that I have a lot to be grateful for right now.

Perhaps not every dream, however defined or undefined, needs to come true to have value.

And for now as I keep going on my creative journey, that is just fine.

Your thoughts? Does every dream need to come true?

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SOLD OUT – The National Press Club celebrates Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken! http://monicabhide.com/sold-national-press-club-celebrates-karma-art-butter-chicken/ http://monicabhide.com/sold-national-press-club-celebrates-karma-art-butter-chicken/#respond Tue, 20 Dec 2016 17:03:48 +0000 http://monicabhide.com/?p=9502 I have no words! So here you go —  Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken at the National Press Club in DC!

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I have no words! So here you go —  Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken at the National Press Club in DC!

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Karma in the media! http://monicabhide.com/karma-in-the-media/ http://monicabhide.com/karma-in-the-media/#respond Wed, 14 Dec 2016 16:54:59 +0000 http://monicabhide.com/?p=9454 Thank you for all your support for my novel,  Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken! I am so delighted to report that the book has found a home in the heart of so many readers! If you enjoyed the book, a huge thank you to YOU for reading it! Very grateful! Here are some […]

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Thank you for all your support for my novel,  Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken! I am so delighted to report that the book has found a home in the heart of so many readers! If you enjoyed the book, a huge thank you to YOU for reading it! Very grateful!

Here are some quick reviews and interviews and then I have included some fun photos from all the events this year for  Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken ! More good stuff coming your way in 2017 including two new books!

  1. An interview in Washington City Paper with Laura Hayes 
  2. A Day in the life on a farm reviewed Karma 
  3. Spiceroots reviewed Karma and provides a great recipe for Insta Pot Butter Chicken!! 
  4. A really fun interview with Globavore! 
  5. I was featured in an Indian book titled Dare to Be. Here is a quick review 
  6. Whisk and Quill did a review of the book that warmed by heart!
  7. So happy to be on this list by the amazing Rebecca Katz
  8. Eat Your Books created this fantastic profile! 
  9. Here I am on Kojo talking about Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken! 
  10. Lisa wrote such an amazing review!!! 
  11. A sweet mention! 
  12. A lovely review by Salmon at Seven! 

 

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Holiday Gifts 2016 http://monicabhide.com/holiday-gifts-2016/ http://monicabhide.com/holiday-gifts-2016/#respond Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:55:17 +0000 http://monicabhide.com/?p=9418 I am sharing a few things I love –  books, foods, appliances, services etc! I hope you will find something useful here as well. Link on the image to go to the sales page   Gifts for the book lovers in your life Books – Cookbooks This book, by Ramin Ganeshram, releases in early Dec — […]

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I am sharing a few things I love –  books, foods, appliances, services etc! I hope you will find something useful here as well. Link on the image to go to the sales page

 

Gifts for the book lovers in your life

Books – Cookbooks

This book, by Ramin Ganeshram, releases in early Dec — I love the recipes!


Asha Gomez’s book has hit every bestseller list there is!

Jennifer Farley’s book is practical and stunning!

A beautiful book by the uber-talented Domenica Marchetti

Highly recommend this book as a staple in the kitchen. Pati is rocking it with her PBS show as well.

This gorgeous book by Kara Newman is getting rave reviews including one by the NYT

Nancie McDermott does it again with this beautiful book!

I love Dorie. That is all.

Amy Riolo has written many wonderful books but this one really helped me eat right!

Aviva Goldfarb shows you how to get your family to eat right and not scramble before dinner!

I am eagerly waiting for this one by Nancy Baggett

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The most unique and fantastic cookbook I have seem this year – Robin Ha rocks it


One of my fav authors and one of my fav books, Rebecca Katz rocks!


Books – Fiction

Diana Abu Jaber does it again! If you loved her last books, you will love this one!

Vaddey Ratner remains my most fav writer of all time.

Chitra Banerjee’s wonderful book just rocks!

Yamina Khadra is an amazing novelist. Gut-wrenching, gorgeous writing.

This is one of Mollie Cox Bryan’s best books. My first cosy mystery favorite!

I love Judith Fertig

 

Books — Writing

Chuck Wendig’s blog (terribleminds.com) and his books are just superb!

When I grow up, I want to be Joanna Penn! Amazing books on publishing and her podcasts rock!

Excellent advice for all writers

Gifts for the creatives in your life 

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Know a budding entrepreneur? Perfect book for her!

This wonderful book by Kathleen Flinn is a must for the food lover in your life!

An important read by Kat Kinsman


Gifts for the cook in your life

These items have made life in my kitchen easier and more fun!!

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My books!

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Upcoming events: Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken book tour continues http://monicabhide.com/upcoming-events-karma-art-butter-chicken-book-tour-continues/ http://monicabhide.com/upcoming-events-karma-art-butter-chicken-book-tour-continues/#respond Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:31:42 +0000 http://monicabhide.com/?p=9411 I am so excited to let you know about these fun upcoming events for my debut novel – Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken.  I hope to see some of you at these fun events!! Jura Salon — Nov 28th – Dinner and book signing.  Culinary Women in Words – Book signing  Dec 4th Fountain […]

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I am so excited to let you know about these fun upcoming events for my debut novel – Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken. 

I hope to see some of you at these fun events!!

  1. Jura Salon — Nov 28th – Dinner and book signing.
  2.  Culinary Women in Words – Book signing  Dec 4th
  3. Fountain Books – A lovely ticketed Indian dinner in Richmond! Dec 6th
  4. The National Press Club — Exclusive Indian dinner based on the novel and book signing, Dec 12th
  5. The Smithsonian Associates – A talk about Indian cuisine and book signing, Feb 9th 2017

And a HUGE thank you to BookWorks for picking Karma as their book of the week!!

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National Press Club hosts Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken Dinner!! http://monicabhide.com/national-press-club-hosts-karma-art-butter-chicken-dinner/ http://monicabhide.com/national-press-club-hosts-karma-art-butter-chicken-dinner/#respond Fri, 18 Nov 2016 20:16:51 +0000 http://monicabhide.com/?p=9407 I am so delighted to share that the National Press Club is hosting a special dinner for Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken. Chef Susan has designed a custom menu for the meal and, I have to say, it looks amazing! I would love to see all of you there!! REGISTER HERE  A friend […]

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I am so delighted to share that the National Press Club is hosting a special dinner for Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken. Chef Susan has designed a custom menu for the meal and, I have to say, it looks amazing! I would love to see all of you there!! REGISTER HERE 

A friend of mine was walking outside the National Press Club yesterday and spotted this

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I was in NYC this week for a book tour and before I share pictures of that, I have to tell you this!! I was on the train and found a lovely lady on the train who was reading my book! She had been to an event about ten days earlier and had purchased the book! What are the odds?! I took a picture of her and it warms my heart to share this with you

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Here are some photos from my NYC book tour! I spoke at Columbia School of Journalism. The book talk was sponsored and hosted by SAJA. I did a public signing at Awadh restaurant (they are amazing, you guys should try them out!!) and then a private book event at the home of a dear friend. I was delighted to meet my current readers and make new friends, and I hope, find some new readers!!

 

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Again – The National Press Club is hosting a special dinner for Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken. Chef Susan has designed a custom menu for the meal and, I have to say, it looks amazing! I would love to see all of you there!! REGISTER HERE 

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Calling all book clubs!! http://monicabhide.com/calling-book-clubs/ http://monicabhide.com/calling-book-clubs/#respond Fri, 11 Nov 2016 14:49:23 +0000 http://monicabhide.com/?p=9384 I have been making the rounds with books clubs reading my book, KARMA AND THE ART OF BUTTER CHICKEN, and I just tell you how wonderful it has been! To see the characters come alive and people talk about them…. I never imagined I would be so lucky!! So I thought I would create a […]

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I have been making the rounds with books clubs reading my book, KARMA AND THE ART OF BUTTER CHICKEN, and I just tell you how wonderful it has been! To see the characters come alive and people talk about them…. I never imagined I would be so lucky!!

So I thought I would create a little spiel on why you should invite me to your book club!! I have done in-person appearances, on the phone and via Skype (see pics below).

Here goes:

A storyteller, dreamer, Clooney-fan, Nutella-lover, wine-drinker, spice whisperer, nail-polish nerd, and geeky author is available for your next book club! She brings stories and gifts. Won’t you please consider her for your next book club?

If you have not ordered it yet, I would love for you to give it a try — KARMA AND THE ART OF BUTTER CHICKEN

I am so pleased to let you know that I am offering a free e-cookbook for anyone who has read the book or wants to read the book. We created this e-cookbook for bookclubs who are reading Karma! I received so many emails from book club readers asking for easy recipes they could prepare during book club meetings. You asked, I answered –>>>  FREE E-COOKBOOK (S) – Get two free ecookbooks – Monica’s Indian Express and the Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken BookClub Cookbook when you sign up for email updates.

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Jura Salon with Renowned Author Monica Bhide http://monicabhide.com/jura-salon-renowned-author-monica-bhide/ http://monicabhide.com/jura-salon-renowned-author-monica-bhide/#respond Sat, 05 Nov 2016 11:01:23 +0000 http://monicabhide.com/?p=9369 Friends – I am delighted to announce a very exclusive dinner for my book, Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken on Monday, November 28, 2016 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM (EST) in Herndon, VA Chef Philip Jura Marzelli invites you to his second DC Salon. A Parisian Salon is a gathering of people under the roof […]

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Friends – I am delighted to announce a very exclusive dinner for my book, Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken on Monday, November 28, 2016 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM (EST) in Herndon, VA

Chef Philip Jura Marzelli invites you to his second DC Salon. A Parisian Salon is a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of participants through conversation.

The Chef is honored to showcase his interpretation of recipes from Monica Bhide‘s latest novel, “Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken” during his five-course meal with wine pairings selected by Will Fink of Rose’s Luxury. Your ticket purchase includes a copy of Monica Bhide’s novel and she will be signing books that evening.

If you want the details to this exclusive event, please email me for the password – Exclusive event for Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken. 

 

Monica Bhide is an award winning writer, accomplished literary coach, gifted poet, storyteller, and educator with a lyrical voice and universal appeal. As a note international food writer, Bhide has built a diverse and solid audience through her books and articles in top-tier media such as: The New York Times, The Washington Post, Ladies Home Journal, AARP-the Magazine, Parents Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Bon Appétit, Town and Country Travel, Food and Wine, Cooking Light, Coastal Living Health, Better Nutrition, and many others.

Philip Marzelli is currently the Sous Chef at Garrison restaurant in Washington, D.C. In the six years that he has spent in D.C. since his graduation from the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Marzelli has made a name for himself through hard-work, dedication and passion for his field. He has spent considerable time forging relationships with farmers and sourcing local produce to use in the kitchen.

Will Fink is a bartender and the beer buyer at Rose’s Luxury in Washington, D.C.  He has made beverage and hospitality his passion in life and has been lucky enough to work under some humbling names in Chicago, Detroit, and now D.C.  Will has years of experience as both a Bar and Front of House Manager.  He believes that the best meals are enhanced by the right beverages, and that those beverages sing the most beautifully when they are paired with food.  Also a big proponent of small and sustainable businesses, he always looks to support natural wines, small-batch distilleries, and craft breweries in his endeavors.

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Karma book tour – NYC! http://monicabhide.com/karma-book-tour-nyc/ http://monicabhide.com/karma-book-tour-nyc/#respond Fri, 04 Nov 2016 08:39:19 +0000 http://monicabhide.com/?p=9363 My dear readers! I am so happy to let you know that the book tour for  Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken is on the road and we are heading to New York city! I have two events and both are free and open to the public! Please come by and bring friends! On Nov […]

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My dear readers!

I am so happy to let you know that the book tour for  Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken is on the road and we are heading to New York city!

I have two events and both are free and open to the public! Please come by and bring friends!

On Nov 14th, I will be doing a book talk with the South Asian Journalist Association. The talk will be hosted at Columbia University and is free! Please come by and bring friends!

Here is the sign up:  SIGN UP FOR MONICA BHIDE BOOK TALK

The second event is on Nov 15th at the beautiful Indian restaurant Awadh. It has been set up by my beautiful friend Paayal Sharma. We will have food and drink and plenty of books! Do come by and bring friends! The event is from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Here is the sign up:  SIGN UP FOR MONICA BHIDE BOOK SIGNING 

Oh, and local DC friends: It really warms my heart to let you know that Politics and Prose just informed me that they will carry my novel. I am just so grateful and so humbled!!

 

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Book Talk and Dinner at Pastry Xpo http://monicabhide.com/book-talk-dinner-pastry-xpo/ http://monicabhide.com/book-talk-dinner-pastry-xpo/#comments Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:27:06 +0000 http://monicabhide.com/?p=9346 I am so delighted to announce my first book event in northern Virginia! I hope you will come and help spread the word!       DATE/TIME:   Wedensday Nov 9th at 7pm PLACE:          Pastry Xpo at the Mosaic District, 8190 Strawberry Lane, Falls Church, VA DINNER:        Pastry […]

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I am so delighted to announce my first book event in northern Virginia! I hope you will come and help spread the word!

 

 

 

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DATE/TIME:   Wedensday Nov 9th at 7pm

PLACE:          Pastry Xpo at the Mosaic District, 8190 Strawberry Lane, Falls Church, VA

DINNER:        Pastry Xpo’s Signature Selection of Mediterranean Mezzas &

DESSERT:     Finale of Pastries, Cupcakes, and Cardamom Tea and Coffee

PRICE:           $35/person including a copy Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken

Please RSVP and reserve your ticket at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/monica-bhides-debut-novel-dinner-book-conversation-tickets-28922519033

On a different note, I was a judge at a cooking challenge last night hosted by the Foods of Chile and the Washington, D.C. Restaurant Association. Here are some fun pics of the event — the winners were Chef Victor of Del Campo and Mixologist Tim Russell of Kyirisan —

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