My dear friends and readers: I am so delighted to let you know that my debut novel, Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken (Bodes Well Publishing, 2016) is now up for pre-order!!

The photographer behind the stunning cover is none other than Simi Jois! I have an amazing and global team that worked hard on everything from editing to design to cover to marketing and I am very grateful to each and every one of them.

I hope you will order the book! It is currently for sale in the US and UK only but we are looking at Indian distribution at the moment and I hope to make an announcement shortly.

Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken


ADDED: Thanks to all your support, the novel hit #2 on Amazon’s HOT NEW Releases today, July 25th, 2016


A little about the book:

Described as “Slumdog Millionaire meets The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken follows orphaned Eshaan as he attempts to feed and nourish his nation’s hungry. Constantly thwarted as he works toward this monumental goal, Eshaan finds a sliver of hope in the form of a local TV cooking competition. Winning would offer the solution to all his problems: money for his mission and the chance to impress the girl he loves. But to win this competition, Eshaan has to first face a dark secret that has the potential to destroy his life and his dreams.

Can a young life that has been defined by a crisis ever really thrive? Or will Eshaan’s demons – and the handsome European who steals the love of his life – ultimately win?

Bhide dishes up a page-turning story of sacrifice and determination while leading readers through an honest exploration of the human spirit. Set in contemporary India and seasoned with gentle love, dramatic loss, enchanting verse, and exotic food, Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken escorts readers to a place where past and present keep uneasy yet delicious company.

“Monica Bhide has managed to blend her unique lyrical writing with an uplifting and powerful story of love and sacrifice. A beautiful book,” says Kathleen Flinn, author of the New York Times bestseller The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry

Engineer turned writer Monica Bhide is the author of three cookbooks, a short-story collection, and essay compilation.  Named by the Chicago Tribune as one of seven food writers to watch, her food writing has appeared in Food & Wine, Bon AppétitSaveur, The Washington Post, Health, The New York Times, Ladies Home Journal, and many other well-known publications. She is a frequent presence on NPR and a presenter for organizations that include Georgetown University, the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ), London Food Blogger Connect, and the Smithsonian.

Ebook – $4.99 (pre-order available! Releases Sept 15th 2016)

Print – $13.00 (releases Sept 16th, 2016 US – nationwide)


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  1. Congratulations!! Another feather in your cap. Happy for you.
    Angela Anand

  2. I’m so impressed with all you do, Monica! Congratulations on this awesome achievement!

    1. You are so kind. Thank you so so much!

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