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ABOUT BHARTI KIRCHNER: Winner of the 2020 prestigious SALA Award in creative writing, Bharti is the prolific author of thirteen books -- nine novels and four cookbooks. Her latest is MURDER AT JAIPUR: A MAYA MALLICK MYSTERY (See Books for details).
AWARDS & HONORS - A SALA Award, a City Artist's Project Grant, two 4-Culture literature awards, two Seattle Arts Commission literature grants, two Artist Trust GAP grants, and a fellowship from VCCA (Virginia center for the Creative Arts). Goddess of Fire, a historical novel, was short-listed for the Nancy Pearl Award. Shiva Dancing was chosen by Seattle Weekly to be among the top 18 books by Seattle authors in the last 25 years. Pastries: A Novel of Desserts and Discoveries was selected for the Summer Washington Reads program. Bharti's work has been translated into German, Dutch, Spanish, Marathi, Thai and other languages.
COOKBOOKS - An award winning cook, Bharti is the author of four cookbooks. Her second, Indian Inspired (Lowell House), was selected among top ten cookbooks of 1993 by USA Today and one of the best cookbooks of 1993 by Chicago Tribune. Her first, The Healthy Cuisine of India (Lowell House), was an alternate selection of Better Homes and Gardens Book Club and named by Food Arts magazine as one of the best cookbooks of 1992. Her two most recent cookbooks are The Bold Vegetarian (HarperCollins) and Vegetarian Burgers (HarperCollins).
ARTICLES, ESSAYS, SHORT STORIES - Bharti's essay "Dreaming of the Black Tulip" will be published in Timberline Review, autumn 2023 and has been entered in the Kay Snow Award. Her short story "Promised Tulips" published in Seattle Noir was included in USA Noir and selected by Publisher's Weekly as one of the two best stories. She has written for Food & Wine, Eating Well, Vegetarian Times, The Writer, Writer's Digest, Fitness Plus, International Examiner, and Northwest Travel and has appeared in eleven anthologies. She is a former freelance book reviewer for The Seattle Times. She is also a popular speaker at writer's conferences, book festivals, and universities throughout the nation.
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND - Prior to becoming a writer, Bharti worked as a systems engineer for IBM and as a systems manager for Bank of America, San Francisco. She has also worked in Europe and other continents as a computer systems consultant.