About Charmian Christie – The Messy Baker

Where's Charmian

I’m Charmian Christie, aka The Messy Baker®*. I’m a food writer, recipe developer and cookbook author living just outside Ontario’s lush Greenbelt region. I specialize in approachable, inspiring, from-scratch cooking. Fresh, local ingredients — often from my garden — plenty of herbs and spices, and a bit of imagination are key. Oh, and some full-fat cream doesn’t hurt either. Although I’ve managed to turn my sweet tooth into a career move, I balance things out with healthy options such as soups and homemade salad dressing.

My book, The Messy Baker: More than 75 Recipes from a Real Kitchen, is published by HarperCollins in Canada and Rodale in the US and the rest of the English-speaking world. This cookbook features delicious, approachable recipes that will flake, spill and drip their way across your kitchen table.

The former baking columnist for Recipes.ca, my articles appear in a variety of national publications, including The Globe and Mail, More, Edible Toronto, Canadian Gardening, Relish and Natural Health. I’m also a contributor to several cookbook anthologies including Allergy-Friendly Food for Families by Kiwi and Share: Delicious Dishes from FoodShare and Friends. My book was the guest give-away on CBC’s Steven & Chris, and I showed Canada AM viewers how to salvage baking disasters on live TV.

But it’s not all ingredient lists and measuring cups. My personal essays have been broadcast on CBC Radio, published in The Globe and Mail’s popular Facts & Arguments section, and appear in a range of anthologies.

I’m always open to new clients, editors hungry for fresh voices, and recipe development opportunities. My extensive portfolio languishes on my website while my pitch policy outlines what I do best. If you’re interested in a custom-made recipe, need a story covered or want to line up a cooking demo, you can contact me via this super-simple form.

Of course, you can also follow me on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Facebook. I could go on, but you’ll have to excuse me. I think I smell something burning…

* THE MESSY BAKER  is a registered trademark of Charmian Christie.

17 Responses to About Charmian Christie – The Messy Baker

  1. Lisa MacColl October 2, 2009 at 1:15 pm #

    The new blog looks wonderful, Charmian! I like the layout and the new header.
    Well done.

  2. The Diva on a Diet October 2, 2009 at 2:11 pm #

    I’m down with the “absence of visceral organs” … but … beets?! Really?! Who knew?! LOL

  3. Charmian Christie October 2, 2009 at 2:27 pm #

    Lisa, thanks so much for the kind words. Glad you like the results. It was a lot of work, but worth it!

    Diva, yup, I’m anti-beet. I want to like them. I’ve tried to like them. Really. But I just can’t. Hope I haven’t disappointed you too much.

  4. The Diva on a Diet October 2, 2009 at 3:45 pm #

    Nah, that’s cool. If you promise not to tell anyone, I’ll admit … I don’t like cucumbers. Same deal … have tried many times, but no go. Sussssh! 😉

    • Charmian Christie October 3, 2009 at 8:22 am #

      Okay, Diva. Here’s the deal. I won’t tell anyone but you have to eat my beets and I’ll take the cucumbers off your hands.

  5. Christie Mac October 2, 2009 at 4:43 pm #

    Congrats on the new site, Charmian! Can’t wait to see what you cook up over here… Not sure what the big deal is about getting your name wrong – I’ve always liked the name Christie quite a lot 😉

    • Charmian Christie October 3, 2009 at 8:22 am #

      Christie, it was so confusing when we worked together. I never knew if people were referring to you or messing up my name again.

      Thanks for dropping by to comment on the new site. I’ve very excited and loving all the new WordPress features. Now I’m wondering what took me so long.

  6. Francesca October 2, 2009 at 10:06 pm #

    Congratulations on the new site. It looks fresh! I love it! I’ll have to change the link from S.P. of A now.

    • Charmian Christie October 3, 2009 at 8:14 am #

      Thanks Francesa. That’s so kind of you to do to that work. The redirect on this is so clunky (a combination of my lack of tech skills and Blogger limitations).

      Glad you like the fresh look. That’s what we were going for. I think Melissa did a stellar job.

  7. CJ at Food Stories May 3, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    I found your site on foodblogs.com and thought I’d stop by and check it out. I just subscribed to your feed and can’t wait to see what your next post will be!
    CJ at Food Stories recently posted…Spaghetti al LimoneMy Profile

    • Charmian Christie May 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

      Thanks, CJ. Now that the app is finally finished and launched I’ll have more time to blog.

  8. Soonim Lee October 13, 2014 at 12:55 am #

    I am very happy to reach to you, Charmian!
    I want to keep in touch each other by remembering our time in Australia.
    My daughter is studying in Montreaol, Canada.
    I really want to know your news during that time.
    At last I have found you on the website!
    It is amazing!
    I am looking forward to replying from you!


    • Charmian Christie October 15, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

      Lovely to hear from you. I’ll email you privately. Hope all’s well.

  9. Carol December 27, 2014 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi! I live in Pennsylvania and saw you on the Steven and Chris show. Really enjoyed the easy recipe you showed how to make. Going to order your book from Barnes and Noble tomorrow. CNt wait to get it!

    • Charmian Christie December 28, 2014 at 10:38 am #

      Steven and Chris airs in Pennsylvania? I had no idea.

      I’m so glad you liked the segment. Steven and Chris were a blast to work with. The recipe we demoed is easy and will be less messy without Chris “helping out”. I hope you like the book. FYI, we adapted the Boozy Whipped Cream for the segment, using raspberry liqueur instead of whisky.

      Thanks so much for watching, commenting and buying the book.

  10. Kimberlie Robert October 30, 2015 at 9:58 am #

    Hi Charmain, What a beautiful picture of you! So nice. You blog is inspiring also. I’m so glad to have met you last weekend. Really. I hope we keep in touch. I’ve already signed up for next year’s conference, but I hope it won’t be a whole year before we talk again. In the meantime, I’ll be following you on FB. Are you on Instagram? All the best to you. Kim http://www.thefinercookie.com

    • Charmian Christie October 31, 2015 at 2:05 pm #

      Hi Kim,

      Oh, it won’t be a whole year before we connect. I returned from the conference with laryngitis and am just now getting back on my feet. I’m on Instagram. I’ll tag you so you can find me.

      Great meeting you, too! I’m planning on attending next year as well. Toronto won’t know what hit it! Thanks for reaching out.

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