Charmian Christie — The Messy Baker

My mother always knew when I’d been sneaking chocolate chips. The bag was still partially open, the cupboard was ajar and the corners of my mouth had tell-tale smears. Little did she know I’d turn a sweet tooth and messy habits culinary enthusiasm into a career.


Today I’m a cookbook author, recipe developer and culinary instructor. My fingers are in still in the cookie jar, but I can tell you how to bake them, store them and even take the flavour up a notch.


I specialize in approachable, inspiring, from-scratch cooking. 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. It features delicious, approachable recipes that will flake, spill and drip their way across your kitchen table.


My articles appear in a variety of national publications, both in print and online, including FoodNetwork Canada, 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. As a failed playwright and recovering journalist, 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 could go on, but you’ll have to excuse me. I think I smell something burning…


Sugar and spice and everything nice.

That’s what Messy Bakers make use of. 


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