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Christine McKnight

Christine McKnight - Editor

Sugar Loaf, NY

I'm an experienced nonfiction editor and proofreader specializing in cookbooks and home/lifestyle topics.

Overview

I am an expert editor with more than a decade of experience developing and editing nonfiction content. I specialize in recipe editing and food and lifestyle books, and also have experience in subject areas including business, education, and religion and spirituality. After graduating from Connecticut College and the Columbia Publishing Course, I got my start in publishing in the cookbook department at John Wiley & Sons, where I worked for eight years before embarking on a freelance career. I have had the privilege of working with many award-winning authors and top brands over the years, and my work includes IACP award-winning and James Beard award-nominated books. I am passionate about guiding each of my clients toward the best possible version of his or her work, while at the same time helping each author's personal voice to shine through in every word.

Services
Non-Fiction
Business & Management Career Guides Christian (Non-Fiction) Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits DIY & Crafts Economics Education & Reference Health & wellbeing Home & Garden Parenting & Families Religion & Spirituality Weddings

Awards

  • IACP Award Winner, 2011, for Wedding Cake Art & Design by Toba Garrett
  • James Beard Award Finalist, 2012, for The Art of Beef Cutting by Kari Underly
  • IACP Award Finalist, 2012, for The Art of Beef Cutting by Kari Underly

Work experience

Freelance Editor and Proofreader

Christine McKnight is self-employed

December, 2012 – Present (about 4 years)

I offer a full range of editorial and writing services for publishing companies and individuals, including copyediting, proofreading, development editing, and book proposal development for nonfiction titles. I specialize in recipe editing and food and lifestyle books and have more than a decade of experience as a cookbook editor, and I also have editorial experience in subject areas ranging from education to business to religion and spirituality. I am committed to working collaboratively with my clients to achieve the highest level of quality on each and every project.

Associate Cookbook Editor

John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

November, 2008 – December, 2012 (about 4 years)

Acquired and edited food and lifestyle books on subjects including cooking, baking, beverages, food reference, and catering and events. Edited and published cookbooks in print and digital formats for trade, professional, and educational markets, and worked on development of enhanced e-books and mobile applications.

Assistant Editor, Culinary Department

John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

June, 2007 – November, 2008 (over 1 year)

Reported to two Senior Cookbook Editors working on a range of single-author titles and on branded books by The Culinary Institute of America, Mr. Boston, and Bon Appétit magazine. Edited manuscripts, transmitted books to production, reviewed page proofs, organized art programs, wrote copy for marketing and publicity materials, and managed author correspondence.

Editorial Program Coordinator, Culinary Department

John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

September, 2005 – June, 2007 (over 1 year)

Supported two Senior Cookbook Editors, including preparing manuscripts for transmittal to production, writing copy and preparing financial paperwork for new proposals, managing publication schedules, and handling correspondence with authors and agents.

Editorial Assistant, Culinary Department

John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

September, 2004 – September, 2005 (about 1 year)

Supported two Senior Cookbook Editors, including preparing new proposals, managing publication schedules, handling correspondence, and all general administrative duties.

Portfolio (22 selected works)

Payard Desserts

Francois Payard

In this visually stunning new book from legendary pastry chef François Payard, professional pastry chefs and serious home bakers will learn how to prepare pastry and other plated desserts that rival the best in the world. These recipes have been developed and perfected by Payard over twenty years, from his early days as a pastry chef in France to his current position as an American culinary ic... read more

In this visually stunning new book from legendary pastry chef François Payard, professional pastry chefs and serious home bakers will learn how to prepare pastry and other plated desserts that rival the best in the world. These recipes have been developed and perfected by Payard over twenty years, from his early days as a pastry chef in France to his current position as an American culinary ic... read more

Preserving: Putting Up the Season's Bounty

The Culinary Institute of America

Everything you need to know about home preserving, from The Culinary Institute of America Home canning and preserving is more popular than ever. It's economical, environmentally smart, and a great way to get the most out of your backyard garden. It's a healthier way to eat, without all the additives and preservatives that are found in most processed foods, and if that's not enough, canning and... read more

Everything you need to know about home preserving, from The Culinary Institute of America Home canning and preserving is more popular than ever. It's economical, environmentally smart, and a great way to get the most out of your backyard garden. It's a healthier way to eat, without all the additives and preservatives that are found in most processed foods, and if that's not enough, canning and... read more

Larousse on Cooking

Editions Larousse

A gorgeous guide to simple French-inspired cooking from the legendary Larousse kitchens The name Larousse has been synonymous with culinary excellence for nearly a century, and this new book brings the expertise of the Larousse team to home cooks with hundreds of straightforward, accessible recipes, illustrated throughout with tantalizing photography. Perfect for everyone from beginners to exp... read more

A gorgeous guide to simple French-inspired cooking from the legendary Larousse kitchens The name Larousse has been synonymous with culinary excellence for nearly a century, and this new book brings the expertise of the Larousse team to home cooks with hundreds of straightforward, accessible recipes, illustrated throughout with tantalizing photography. Perfect for everyone from beginners to exp... read more

Taste Buds and Molecules: The Art and Science of Food, Wine, and Flavor

Francois Chartier

"If Catalan superchef Ferran Adria is the leading missionary of molecular gastronomy, Mr. Chartier is his counterpart with a corkscrew."—Globe and Mail This award-winning book, now available for the first time in English in the U.S., presents a cutting-edge approach to food and wine pairing. Sommelier Francois Chartier has spent the better part of two decades collaborating with top scientists ... read more

"If Catalan superchef Ferran Adria is the leading missionary of molecular gastronomy, Mr. Chartier is his counterpart with a corkscrew."—Globe and Mail This award-winning book, now available for the first time in English in the U.S., presents a cutting-edge approach to food and wine pairing. Sommelier Francois Chartier has spent the better part of two decades collaborating with top scientists ... read more

Wedding Cake Art and Design: A Professional Approach

Toba M. Garrett

Book annotation not available for this title.Title: Wedding Cake Art and DesignAuthor: Garrett, Toba/ Schaeffer, Lucy (PHT)/ Mathews, Christine (ILT)Publisher: John Wiley & Sons IncPublication Date: 2010/04/05Number of Pages: 280Binding Type: HARDCOVERLibrary of Congress: 2009052124

Book annotation not available for this title.Title: Wedding Cake Art and DesignAuthor: Garrett, Toba/ Schaeffer, Lucy (PHT)/ Mathews, Christine (ILT)Publisher: John Wiley & Sons IncPublication Date: 2010/04/05Number of Pages: 280Binding Type: HARDCOVERLibrary of Congress: 2009052124

Master Class with Toba Garrett

Toba M. Garrett

Explore the newest techniques in cake decoration and design with Toba GarrettAs one of the premier experts in cake decoration, Toba Garrett has trained some of the world's top cake artists. Offering a perfect blend of technique and inspiration, Master Class with Toba Garrett covers the latest trends and step-by-step methods for aspiring cake decorators and professionals who want to remain at t... read more

Explore the newest techniques in cake decoration and design with Toba GarrettAs one of the premier experts in cake decoration, Toba Garrett has trained some of the world's top cake artists. Offering a perfect blend of technique and inspiration, Master Class with Toba Garrett covers the latest trends and step-by-step methods for aspiring cake decorators and professionals who want to remain at t... read more

The Art of the Chocolatier: From Classic Confections to Sensational Showpieces

Ewald Notter

A must-have guide to chocolate making and chocolate showpiece design, from renowned confectionery expert Ewald Notter. Covering the full spectrum of chocolate work--from the fundamentals of chocolate making to instruction on advanced showpiece design and assembly--The Art of the Chocolatier is the most complete and comprehensive guide to chocolate making on the market. The book covers basic in... read more

A must-have guide to chocolate making and chocolate showpiece design, from renowned confectionery expert Ewald Notter. Covering the full spectrum of chocolate work--from the fundamentals of chocolate making to instruction on advanced showpiece design and assembly--The Art of the Chocolatier is the most complete and comprehensive guide to chocolate making on the market. The book covers basic in... read more

The Art of the Confectioner: Sugarwork and Pastillage

Ewald Notter

A gorgeous professional-level guide to the most challenging form of the confectioner's art A showpiece created entirely from sugar is truly a work of art, and it takes an eye for design and strong pastry skills to work with this delicate medium. The Art of the Confectioner is the ultimate guide to working with sugar to create beautiful sugar and pastillage shapes, flowers, figurines, and breat... read more

A gorgeous professional-level guide to the most challenging form of the confectioner's art A showpiece created entirely from sugar is truly a work of art, and it takes an eye for design and strong pastry skills to work with this delicate medium. The Art of the Confectioner is the ultimate guide to working with sugar to create beautiful sugar and pastillage shapes, flowers, figurines, and breat... read more

The Culinarian: A Kitchen Desk Reference

Barbara Ann Kipfer

A culinary reference packed with thousands of straightforward definitions and fun tips and trivia Perfect for cooks, food lovers, and even trivia buffs, The Culinarian is a wide-ranging kitchen reference that no cupboard should be without. With plain-English definitions of everything from Absinthe to Zucchini, it includes fascinating culinary history, etymologies, and tips on selecting, storin... read more

A culinary reference packed with thousands of straightforward definitions and fun tips and trivia Perfect for cooks, food lovers, and even trivia buffs, The Culinarian is a wide-ranging kitchen reference that no cupboard should be without. With plain-English definitions of everything from Absinthe to Zucchini, it includes fascinating culinary history, etymologies, and tips on selecting, storin... read more

Events Exposed: Managing and Designing Special Events

Lena Malouf

From business essentials to design inspiration, the secrets to events industry success Author Lena Malouf is a renowned expert in the special events industry. She has won countless accolades for her work, including a recent Lifetime Achievement Award from The Special Event, and has served in major leadership positions in several industry organizations, including as International President of t... read more

From business essentials to design inspiration, the secrets to events industry success Author Lena Malouf is a renowned expert in the special events industry. She has won countless accolades for her work, including a recent Lifetime Achievement Award from The Special Event, and has served in major leadership positions in several industry organizations, including as International President of t... read more

Plating for Gold: A Decade of Dessert Recipes from the World and National Pastry Team Championships

Tish Boyle

Learn to create plated desserts like a master, with recipes from the World and National Pastry Team Championships Considered the Olympics of the pastry arts, the World and National Pastry Championships were founded by Michael Schneider in 1999. Since then, it has grown into the United States' most prestigious and popular pastry competition, aired annually on TLC. Now, in Plating for Gold , pas... read more

Learn to create plated desserts like a master, with recipes from the World and National Pastry Team Championships Considered the Olympics of the pastry arts, the World and National Pastry Championships were founded by Michael Schneider in 1999. Since then, it has grown into the United States' most prestigious and popular pastry competition, aired annually on TLC. Now, in Plating for Gold , pas... read more

How Baking Works: Exploring the Fundamentals of Baking Science

Paula I. Figoni

An up-to-date, comprehensive guide to understanding and applying food science to the bakeshop The essence of baking is chemistry, and anyone who wants to be a master pastry chef must understand the principles and science that make baking work. This book explains the whys and hows of every chemical reaction, essential ingredient, and technique, revealing the complex mysteries of bread loaves, p... read more

An up-to-date, comprehensive guide to understanding and applying food science to the bakeshop The essence of baking is chemistry, and anyone who wants to be a master pastry chef must understand the principles and science that make baking work. This book explains the whys and hows of every chemical reaction, essential ingredient, and technique, revealing the complex mysteries of bread loaves, p... read more

Professional Event Coordination

Julia Rutherford Silvers

A fully updated guide to the state-of-the-art guidelines, strategies, and new technologies in modern event planning A must-have resource for every event planner, manager, caterer, and student, this in-depth guide covers all aspects of the event planning process. Written by expert event manager Julia Rutherford Silvers, the book outlines the tools and strategies to effectively procure, organize... read more

A fully updated guide to the state-of-the-art guidelines, strategies, and new technologies in modern event planning A must-have resource for every event planner, manager, caterer, and student, this in-depth guide covers all aspects of the event planning process. Written by expert event manager Julia Rutherford Silvers, the book outlines the tools and strategies to effectively procure, organize... read more

Event Marketing: How to Successfully Promote Events, Festivals, Conventions, and Expositions

C. A. Preston

A modern, completely updated guide to effective event marketing As the events market becomes increasingly saturated, it is essential for a successful event professional to understand the use of strategic marketing plans. Events are everywhere--in the U.S. alone, there are more than 2,500 music festivals a year, for example, while the UK hosts over 70 different beer festivals each year. In such... read more

A modern, completely updated guide to effective event marketing As the events market becomes increasingly saturated, it is essential for a successful event professional to understand the use of strategic marketing plans. Events are everywhere--in the U.S. alone, there are more than 2,500 music festivals a year, for example, while the UK hosts over 70 different beer festivals each year. In such... read more

From the Depth of the Well: An Anthology of Jewish Mysticism

Ariel Mayse

From Abraham Isaac Kook to Zeitlin, Jewish spirituality has a rich mystical tradition. This volume gathers the most significant and treasured writings from the Jewish mystics as published in the Classics of Western Spirituality series. All new introductions have been written by the editor/compiler, emerging scholar Ariel Evan Mayse, with a foreword by prominent scholar on Jewish spirituality A... read more

From Abraham Isaac Kook to Zeitlin, Jewish spirituality has a rich mystical tradition. This volume gathers the most significant and treasured writings from the Jewish mystics as published in the Classics of Western Spirituality series. All new introductions have been written by the editor/compiler, emerging scholar Ariel Evan Mayse, with a foreword by prominent scholar on Jewish spirituality A... read more

Globalization and Multicultural Ministry: A Teilhardian Vision

David John Ayotte SJ

Behind simplified economic and political perceptions of the forces of globalization is a much more complex spiritual evolutionary process whereby the world and all creation is being drawn into being the presence of Christ a Christogenesis.

Behind simplified economic and political perceptions of the forces of globalization is a much more complex spiritual evolutionary process whereby the world and all creation is being drawn into being the presence of Christ a Christogenesis.

Mary in Scripture, Liturgy, and the Catholic Tradition

René Laurentin

This engaging book examines the invigorating presence of Mary in the mystery of the redemption that is as the heart of the life of the church. The author contemplates her presence in the course of Scripture, human and ecclesial history, the church fathers, the mystics, and others. He not only wants to transmit his love of the Virgin Mary, but the actualization of these words at the foot of the... read more

This engaging book examines the invigorating presence of Mary in the mystery of the redemption that is as the heart of the life of the church. The author contemplates her presence in the course of Scripture, human and ecclesial history, the church fathers, the mystics, and others. He not only wants to transmit his love of the Virgin Mary, but the actualization of these words at the foot of the... read more

Living the Days of Lent 2014

Sr. Ellen Dauwer SC, Sr. Mary E. Mc Cormick SC

Living the Days of Lent 2014 continues the Paulist tradition of the popular a-page-a-day format this series has seen for over 25 years. Each day contains a Lenten reflection usually on the Scripture readings of that day. A short introduction welcomes the reader to Lent. Each day contains reference to the Mass readings (chapter and verse) so the reader may continue their prayer with Scripture. ... read more

Living the Days of Lent 2014 continues the Paulist tradition of the popular a-page-a-day format this series has seen for over 25 years. Each day contains a Lenten reflection usually on the Scripture readings of that day. A short introduction welcomes the reader to Lent. Each day contains reference to the Mass readings (chapter and verse) so the reader may continue their prayer with Scripture. ... read more

Cuisine and Culture: A History of Food and People

Linda Civitello

An illuminating account of how history shapes our diets—now in a new revised and updated Third EditionWhy did the ancient Romans believe cinnamon grew in swamps guarded by giant killer bats? How did African cultures imported by slavery influence cooking in the American South? What does the 700-seat McDonald's in Beijing serve in the age of globalization? With the answers to these and many more... read more

An illuminating account of how history shapes our diets—now in a new revised and updated Third EditionWhy did the ancient Romans believe cinnamon grew in swamps guarded by giant killer bats? How did African cultures imported by slavery influence cooking in the American South? What does the 700-seat McDonald's in Beijing serve in the age of globalization? With the answers to these and many more... read more

Creating Your Culinary Career

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Ronald Hayes

A must-have resource for anyone crafting a career in theculinary arts Ronald Hayes, the Career Development Manager with The CulinaryInstitute of America, explores the broad scope of jobs available inthe culinary field. Building your culinary skills as a novice,discovering your specialization as a journeyman, and establishingyour interests as you master your career path, Creating YourCulinary C... read more

A must-have resource for anyone crafting a career in theculinary arts Ronald Hayes, the Career Development Manager with The CulinaryInstitute of America, explores the broad scope of jobs available inthe culinary field. Building your culinary skills as a novice,discovering your specialization as a journeyman, and establishingyour interests as you master your career path, Creating YourCulinary C... read more

Larousse on Pastry: 200 Recipes for Everyone, from Beginner to Expert

Editions Larousse

An illustrated guide to decadent French desserts from the legendary Larousse kitchens The name Larousse has been synonymous with culinary excellence for nearly a century, and this new book brings the expertise of the Larousse team to home bakers with hundreds of simple, straightforward dessert recipes. Ideal for experienced and novice bakers alike, it includes a "Pastry Workshop" chapter with ... read more

An illustrated guide to decadent French desserts from the legendary Larousse kitchens The name Larousse has been synonymous with culinary excellence for nearly a century, and this new book brings the expertise of the Larousse team to home bakers with hundreds of simple, straightforward dessert recipes. Ideal for experienced and novice bakers alike, it includes a "Pastry Workshop" chapter with ... read more

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