Blogger Spotlight: A Life of Spice
July 20th, 2010
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Every weekday, we're highlighting a blogger we think you ought to know about. We can’t be everywhere at once, so we look to these passionate eaters, cooks and writers to keep us tapped into every facet of the food world. Consider this a way to get to know a blog’s taste buds, because, well, you should.

Meet today's featured blogger and blog:
Who: Monica Bhide, of A Life of Spice
Where: Virginia
Twitter: @mbhide

About six years ago, I gave up a six-figure job in corporate American (sorry, Mom!) to live a dream: to write about our lives through the lens of food and relationships. Today, I’m a former engineer turned food writer. Through my blog, A Life of Spice, I have been able to fulfill my dream.

To date, I have: discussed morels with the grand-old chef extraordinaire Imtiaz Querishi in Mumbai; sampled hamur on dhows in Dubai; sipped camel’s milk in Bahrain; followed a superstar food critic around Mumbai and an anonymous one in D.C.; presented at the French Embassy in D.C.; discussed the importance of Windex and basil in our lives; discovered the true elements in "The Pursuit of (real) Happiness" and gotten lost on the backstreets of Delhi searching for the perfect paratha; tapa-ed in D.C. with Chef José Andrés and sampled the amazing cuisine of Chef Ananda Solomon; taught cooking online (yes, it can be done) and in my private cooking classes; sampled flights of honey and hosted colorful henna parties each spring.

I love tradition but embody change, and the recipes on my blog reflect this new way of looking at things - whether it’s by creating tamarind margaritas or singing the praises of fried eggs cooked with onions and potato chips (yes, it tastes as great as it sounds.)

My friends often tease me and say they are never quite sure what will pop-up on my site: I have written about my insane aversion to celery, talked about my son’s reaction when he would not lose any teeth and of course, documented reasons why I love New York and Mumbai ... and why you should dance like no one is watching.

My writing reflects food and culture and its effect on our lives. I feel like my blog gives me the freedom to say what I want and be who I once only dreamt I could be: a writer.

Do you read a local or regional blog that you'd like to see featured? Send 'em our way for a chance in the spotlight.

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  1. Mary Swift

    It was extremely interesting for me to read the blog. Thanx for it. I like such topics and everything that is connected to them. I definitely want to read more soon.

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    January 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  2. Bhalchandra Bhide

    Monica's writnga are always delightful. I am sure her book will be immensely useful to those interested in Indian dishes and particularly singles living in US.

    July 26, 2010 at 2:43 am |

    I am so excited to find Monica's blog - I am really enjoying Modern Spice!

    July 24, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  4. Sigrid

    Can't say it any better than earlier commenters have. Monica's Life of Spice blog is worth reading both for her knowledge of food and insights into "life, love, and living" as Janet wrote. It's worth reading even if you don't like Indian food though I'm not such an individual. I love Indian food.

    July 22, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  5. Metrocurean

    Yay, Monica! Her cookbook Modern Spice is gorgeous.

    July 21, 2010 at 1:17 pm |
  6. Ramin

    Monica is definitely a rising star in food writing. Her recipes are accessible and her stories resonant to anyone. I'm thrilled to see her hear so more people can get a "taste" of her work.

    July 21, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  7. Stephanie

    Monica is such an amazing author. I have all of her cookbooks and love them dearly!

    July 20, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  8. Janet

    I applaud your choice of bloggers. Monica just has to be my favorite. She provides unique insights into life, love and living through her discussions about food, travel and her family. She is one of a kind and always worth reading.

    July 20, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  9. melaniemusings2

    I love Monica's recipes and writings.

    July 20, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  10. balancedeating

    Monica is an amazing writer. Her cook book Modern Spice is priceless for the recipes alone, but when you throw in the insightful and touching essays that give emotional connection to the food and the food culture–wow. Highly recommend her blog as well.

    July 20, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
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