A while ago, I conducted a series of interviews with exceptional women and posted them on my site (about twenty or so). The response was overwhelmingly positive. So I conducted another 35 or so and combined them into a short but fun book. I hope you will enjoy and learn from these interviews as much as I have.


Get Yourself Going Every Morning with “In Conversation with Exceptional Women

A must-have addition to your a.m. cup o’ joe this book is inspiring food for thought.

Powerful and insightful, “In Conversation with Exceptional Women” compiles reflections from over 50 influential women (writers, chefs, photographers, moms) on developing – and thriving – as a creative professional.

These real-life conversations are practical, thought-provoking and often humorous. You’ll find compelling personal revelations into what matters to many of today’s successful writers: how they got started; what inspires them; what advice they’d give to their former16-year-old selves; and how they stay motivated to keep on creating.

Renowned cookbook author and writer Monica Bhide has brought together this diverse group of fellow writers, chefs and assorted foodies to candidly discuss how they successfully balance their personal and professional lives.

A sampling from “In Conversation with Exceptional Women” includes:

  • Ruth Reichl, former Editor in Chief of Gourmet and former restaurant critic of The New York Times: “I wish I’d known that there is a huge hunger out there for good writing, and you can start at the top. Find a good story, write the hell out of it and send it to the best outlets you can think of.”
  • Susan Orlean, New Yorker writer and book author on her road to success: “Luck, perseverance, and conviction. I knew what I wanted, and that guided me along.”
  • Dorie Greenspan, best-selling cookbook author and winner of several James Beard Foundation awards: “Be open to change. Things rarely go according to plans or wishes, and so often the twists and turns that pop up along the way bring something wonderful –be ready to follow them.”
  • Lynne Rosetto Kasper, host of American Public Radio’s “Splendid Table”: “Everyone has tough days, and when there is a lot going on, the best thing you can do is to take a break. Turn off the switch in your head – go for a walk, go to the museum, distract yourself any way you can. When you come back you will feel refreshed and ready to take on your problems.”
  • Kim Severson, The New York Times, food writer and Bureau chief Atlanta:“Imagine if the story you have in mind would be something you would want to tell someone else about. If it holds your interest, it will probably interest a reader.”

Also included are: Celebrity Chef Carla Hall (The Chew), Food 52’s Amanda Hesser, Top Chef Host and cookbook authorPadma Lakshmi, award-winning novelist Diana Abu-Jaber, Editor-in-chief of Food & Wine Dana Cowin, award-winning blogger Jaden Hair (Steamy Kitchen), pioneering blogger Elise Bauer (Simply Recipes) and many, many more.

This motivating e-book is a perfect guide for anyone embarking on life’s larger path.

Book is available on Amazon and B&N. Priced at $4.99. The BN and Sony stores will carry the book in a month or so.

If you do not have an ereader and want to read the book, I can provide you a PDF. Click here to order a pdf now..

Who is featured in the book? Here is a complete list:

Aarti Sequeira, Food Network star   ** Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times best-selling novelist **  Amanda Hesser, co-creator of the revolutionary site Food  ** Joan Nathan, best-selling cookbook author ** Corinne Trang, award-winning cookbook author ** Andrea King Collier, award-winning author and essayist ** Andrea Nguyen, best-selling cookbook author ** Carla Hall, co-host, ABC’s The Chew  ** Camille Noe Pagán, debut novelist and longtime professional writer              **  Clotilde Dusoulier, best-selling cookbook author and blogger            **  Heidi Swanson, best-selling cookbook author and blogger ** Daisy Martinez, Food Network star  **Dana Cowin, editor-in-chief, Food & Wine magazine ** Dorie Greenspan, legendary cookbook author  ** Elise Bauer, pioneering, super-successful blogger            **  Elissa Altman, award-winning writer and author              ** Frances Largeman-Roth, best-selling author            **  Grace Young, best-selling cookbook author ** Bethanne Patrick, editor and best-selling author            **   Paula Wolfert, legendary cookbook author ** Lisa Rogak, New York Times best-selling author **  Kat Kinsman, managing editor for CNN’s food blog ** Jaden Hair, best-selling cookbook author and blogger **  Jen Singer, best-selling author **  Karma Wilson, award-winning children’s book author            **Kim Severson, best-selling author and New York Times journalist  **Lisa Armstrong, award-winning journalist             **  Lynne Rossetto Kasper, award-winning radio show host and author  ** Meagan Francis, blogger and best-selling author            **   Melissa Clark, best-selling cookbook author  **  Nathalie Dupree, TV show host, best-selling cookbook author            **   Nycci Nellis, TV and radio show star            **   Padma Lakshmi, Top Chef host and cookbook author  **  Ramin Ganeshram, award-winning journalist and author  **  Ruth Reichl, former editor-in-chief of Gourmet, all-around superstar            **   Sarita Mandanna, debut novelist  **  Virginia Willis, best-selling cookbook author  **   Susan Orlean, superstar author  **  Tracey Jackson, best-selling novelist            **   Vivian Schiller, chief digital officer, NBC news            **   Chiki Sarkar, publisher, Penguin India  **  Rebecca Brooks, brilliant PR strategist            **   Dianne Jacob, award-winning writer and author            **   Diana Abu-Jaber, award-winning novelist  **   Mollie Cox Bryan, cookbook author and novelist             **   Sydny Miner, vice president, executive editor of Crown Archetype  **   Bee Yinn Low, blogger and best-selling cookbook author            **   Molly Wizenberg, best-selling cookbook author            **   Deborah Madison, award-winning cookbook author            **   Aviva Goldfarb, best-selling author and owner of Six O’Clock Scramble            **   Rebecca Katz, best-selling cookbook author  ** Sara Moulton, TV show host and best-selling author **    T. Susan Chang, award-winning writer and author  **   Pam Krauss, vice president, publishing director of Rodale  **  Saira Mohan, super model and author  **   Ritu Dalmia, chef, TV show host and best-selling author

Photos from the launch event for the book: featuring Aviva Goldfarb, Vivian Schiller, Nycci Nellis, Joan Nathan and Carla Hall

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  1. Congratulations on shipping.

    Go go go!

    1. Oh, you made my day!!!! I adore your writings and you have inspired me a great deal. THANK YOU!

  2. Awesome!!! I read part of it last night. Thank you so much. I posted on Facebook and I bought it on Amazon!
    You have done a great job!
    Personal email is on my TO DEUX list.xxoxoxoxox T

  3. Monica, this is such an exceptional e-book! Congratulations! Any ideas how one can buy this & give it as a holiday gift? Can we purchase the e-book and then e-mail it ? Would love to give this as a gift to friends!

  4. Awesome, Monica. The book sounds intriguing. Congrats!

  5. Call me old-fashioned, but I’d love to be able to buy this as a “real” book made of paper, to carry around with me to read in traffic, at lunch, at the park, etc. Will this be available as a bound book? It looks fabulous and I know, from reading many of your interviews of exceptional women, that it would appeal to a wide range of readers.

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