A Life of Spice

A LIFE OF SPICE
(2015)

In A Life of Spice celebrated writer Monica Bhide explores her romance with food. As in any romance, there are moments of great heartache and unbelievable happiness; betrayals and breakups; and, of course, intimacy. This collection of powerful and thought-provoking vignettes makes us examine our relationship with food deeply – and what food really means to us.

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Monica writes stories about food, but often they are really stories about searching. She looks for what the world will reveal if you ask questions of the things we usually keep silent. She’s a generous writer, seeking the finer, richer sides of us.

Francis Lam

Editor-at-Large, Clarkson Potter, and New York Times Magazine columnist

Monica Bhide is more than a food writer. She’s a chronicler of culture and family history. She is a romantic for the bond between parent and child. She is an essayist of her own heart and mind, fearlessly searching for the truth in both. She is endlessly fascinating to read.

Tim Carman

James Beard award-winning food writer for the Washington Post

Monica Bhide’s unbridled devotion to food, words, family, and history is crystal clear in this delicious collection. Whatever Monica’s subject — her father as a young boy, the connection between her family and their mouthwatering food, or the importance of saving recipes — she writes with warmth, a keen eye, and an open and abundant heart.

Elissa Altman

Author of Poor Man's Feast

Meet Monica

Monica Bhide

Hi, I’m Monica! I am a storyteller and I love to write tales about food, love, life and culture. I hope you will find something in my stories to inspire you.

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Join food and travel writer Monica Bhide as she leads you through the temples, mosques, and gurudwaras of India’s most prominent religions by way of their sacred foods. Entertainment by the Mudra Arts Center and[...]
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Meet Monica Bhide, author of Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken, which is “set in contemporary India and seasoned with gentle love, dramatic loss, enchanting poetic verse, and exotic food”. Books available for sale[...]

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