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Max Sinsheimer

Max Sinsheimer - Editor

Manhattan

I am a tireless collaborator with 6 years of editorial experience at OUP, primarily in culinary history but with success across non-fiction.

Overview

I am an editor with seven years of experience working at Oxford University Press (OUP), the world's oldest press!

At OUP I oversee a list of well-regarded food and drink-related books, including The Oxford Companion to Beer, The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, The Oxford Companion to Cheese, The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails, Savoring Gotham: A Food Lover's Companion to New York City, and Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning). As the "food guy" at OUP I have worked with numerous prominent scholars and industry insiders, including Garrett Oliver, Darra Goldstein, David Wondrich, Andrew F. Smith, and Marion Nestle.

Beyond culinary history and cookery, I have published a wide range of popular anthologies, encyclopedias, atlases, and subject dictionaries, including The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (edited by Joyce Carol Oates), The Encyclopedia of Country Music (a collaboration with the Country Music Hall of Fame), Garner's Modern American Usage (by the grammarian and legal writer Bryan Garner), and Sharp's Dictionary of Power and Struggle (by the Nobel Peace Prize-nominated nonviolent activist Gene Sharp). My experience at OUP has exposed me to many book genres, and I have worked closely with authors from many backgrounds - from scholars and scientists to independent historians, food and beverage professionals, and literary fiction authors.

I am an experienced and tireless collaborator, and I look forward to helping you deliver a professional manuscript to publishers!


Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies Cultural & Ethnic Themes Historical Fiction Literature Short Story
Non-Fiction
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Education & Reference History Politics & Current Affairs Publishing

Awards

  • Gourmand Award: Best in the World in the Beer category (Oxford Companion to Beer)
  • Andre Simon Book Award: Drinks Category (Oxford Companion to Beer)
  • James Beard Award: Literature and Writing (Soda Politics)

Work experience

Editor

Oxford University Press

May, 2012 – Present (over 4 years)

Conceived, commissioned, and now editing four high profile food and drink-related encyclopedias: The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails, The Oxford Companion to Sweets, The Oxford Companion to Cheese, and Savoring Gotham, about the history of NYC food.

Collaborated with Joyce Carol Oates on The Oxford Book of American Short Stories, second edition, with stories by sixty well-known authors, living and deceased.

Oversaw several atlases, including the perennial holiday gift favorite Oxford Atlas of the World

U.S. editorial lead for OxfordReference.com, an online repository for print encyclopedias.

Lead editor on the project team responsible for the content and appearance of Encyclopedia of Social Work (socialwork.oxfordre.com), a website for social work practitioners and academics.

Shaped departmental publishing priorities as a member of the acquisitions editorial team deciding which online and print ventures to pursue.

Associate Editor

Oxford University Press

November, 2010 – April, 2012 (over 1 year)

Edited The Oxford Companion to Beer, with Garrett Oliver (Brewmaster, Brooklyn Brewery) and 165 authors. Oxford’s number one seller in 2011 worldwide.

Collaborated with the Country Music Hall of Fame on The Encyclopedia of Country Music.

Edited Sharp’s Dictionary of Power and Struggle, by the non-violence activist Gene Sharp.

Commissioning editor for Major Reference Works, an initiative to build online scholarly encyclopedias in numerous academic disciplines.

Editorial Assistant

Oxford University Press

October, 2009 – October, 2010 (about 1 year)

Managed Philosophy and International Relations modules in OxfordBibliographies.com, subject-specific collections of annotated bibliographies for students and scholars.

Oversaw young adult reference list, including bestselling textbook series A History of US.

Provided administrative and editorial support to the Executive Editor and to the department.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Garner's Modern English Usage

Bryan Garner

With more than a thousand new entries and more than 2,300 word-frequency ratios, the magisterial fourth edition of this book-now renamed Garner's Modern English Usage (GMEU)-reflects usage lexicography at its finest. Garner explains the nuances of grammar and vocabulary with thoroughness, finesse, and wit. He discourages whatever is slovenly, pretentious, or pedantic. GMEU is the liveliest and... read more

With more than a thousand new entries and more than 2,300 word-frequency ratios, the magisterial fourth edition of this book-now renamed Garner's Modern English Usage (GMEU)-reflects usage lexicography at its finest. Garner explains the nuances of grammar and vocabulary with thoroughness, finesse, and wit. He discourages whatever is slovenly, pretentious, or pedantic. GMEU is the liveliest and... read more

The Oxford Companion to Beer (Oxford Companion To...)

Garrett Oliver, Tom Colicchio

1st Place Winner of the 2012 Gourmand Award for Best in the World in the Beer category. For millennia, beer has been a favorite beverage in cultures across the globe. After water and tea, it is the most popular drink in the world, and it is at the center of a $450 billion industry. The first major reference work to investigate the history and vast scope of beer, The Oxford Companion to Beer fe... read more

1st Place Winner of the 2012 Gourmand Award for Best in the World in the Beer category. For millennia, beer has been a favorite beverage in cultures across the globe. After water and tea, it is the most popular drink in the world, and it is at the center of a $450 billion industry. The first major reference work to investigate the history and vast scope of beer, The Oxford Companion to Beer fe... read more

The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets (Oxford Companions)

A sweet tooth is a powerful thing. Babies everywhere seem to smile when tasting sweetness for the first time, a trait inherited, perhaps, from our ancestors who foraged for sweet foods that were generally safer to eat than their bitter counterparts. But the "science of sweet" is only the beginning of a fascinating story, because it is not basic human need or simple biological impulse that prom... read more

A sweet tooth is a powerful thing. Babies everywhere seem to smile when tasting sweetness for the first time, a trait inherited, perhaps, from our ancestors who foraged for sweet foods that were generally safer to eat than their bitter counterparts. But the "science of sweet" is only the beginning of a fascinating story, because it is not basic human need or simple biological impulse that prom... read more

Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning)

Dr. Marion Nestle

Sodas are astonishing products. Little more than flavored sugar-water, these drinks cost practically nothing to produce or buy, yet have turned their makers--principally Coca-Cola and PepsiCo--into a multibillion-dollar industry with global recognition, distribution, and political power. Billed as "refreshing," "tasty," "crisp," and "the real thing," sodas also happen to be so well established... read more

Sodas are astonishing products. Little more than flavored sugar-water, these drinks cost practically nothing to produce or buy, yet have turned their makers--principally Coca-Cola and PepsiCo--into a multibillion-dollar industry with global recognition, distribution, and political power. Billed as "refreshing," "tasty," "crisp," and "the real thing," sodas also happen to be so well established... read more

Savoring Gotham: A Food Lover's Companion to New York City

When it comes to food, there has never been another city quite like New York. The Big Apple--a telling nickname--is the city of 50,000 eateries, of fish wriggling in Chinatown baskets, huge pastrami sandwiches on rye, fizzy egg creams, and frosted black and whites. It is home to possibly the densest concentration of ethnic and regional food establishments in the world, from German and Jewish d... read more

When it comes to food, there has never been another city quite like New York. The Big Apple--a telling nickname--is the city of 50,000 eateries, of fish wriggling in Chinatown baskets, huge pastrami sandwiches on rye, fizzy egg creams, and frosted black and whites. It is home to possibly the densest concentration of ethnic and regional food establishments in the world, from German and Jewish d... read more

Garner's Dictionary of Legal Usage

Bryan Garner

This new edition of Garner's Dictionary of Legal Usage discusses and analyzes modern legal vocabulary and style more thoroughly than any other contemporary reference work. Since the first edition, Bryan A. Garner has drawn on his unrivaled experience as a legal editor to refine his position on legal usage. The new Third Edition remains indispensable: Garner has updated entries throughout, whil... read more

This new edition of Garner's Dictionary of Legal Usage discusses and analyzes modern legal vocabulary and style more thoroughly than any other contemporary reference work. Since the first edition, Bryan A. Garner has drawn on his unrivaled experience as a legal editor to refine his position on legal usage. The new Third Edition remains indispensable: Garner has updated entries throughout, whil... read more

The Encyclopedia of Country Music

Immediately upon publication in 1998, the Encyclopedia of Country Music became a much-loved reference source, prized for the wealth of information it contained on that most American of musical genres. Countless fans have used it as the source for answers to questions about everything from country's first commercially successful recording, to the genre's pioneering music videos, to what conjunt... read more

Immediately upon publication in 1998, the Encyclopedia of Country Music became a much-loved reference source, prized for the wealth of information it contained on that most American of musical genres. Countless fans have used it as the source for answers to questions about everything from country's first commercially successful recording, to the genre's pioneering music videos, to what conjunt... read more

Sharp's Dictionary of Power and Struggle: Language of Civil Resistance in Conflicts

Gene Sharp

From the 494 B.C. plebeians' march out of Rome to gain improved status, to Gandhi's nonviolent campaigns in India, to the liberation of Poland and the Baltic nations, and the revolutions in North Africa, nonviolent struggles have played pivotal roles in world events for centuries. Sharp's Dictionary of Power and Struggle is a groundbreaking reference work on this topic by the "godfather of non... read more

From the 494 B.C. plebeians' march out of Rome to gain improved status, to Gandhi's nonviolent campaigns in India, to the liberation of Poland and the Baltic nations, and the revolutions in North Africa, nonviolent struggles have played pivotal roles in world events for centuries. Sharp's Dictionary of Power and Struggle is a groundbreaking reference work on this topic by the "godfather of non... read more

The Winning Brief: 100 Tips for Persuasive Briefing in Trial and Appellate Courts

Bryan Garner

In its first two editions, The Winning Brief explained the art of effective writing in 100 concise, practical, and easy-to-use tips, proving that the key to writing well is to understand the judicial readership. This third edition of Bryan A. Garner's modern classic delivers the same invaluable guidelines with even more supporting evidence. Covering everything from the rules for planning and o... read more

In its first two editions, The Winning Brief explained the art of effective writing in 100 concise, practical, and easy-to-use tips, proving that the key to writing well is to understand the judicial readership. This third edition of Bryan A. Garner's modern classic delivers the same invaluable guidelines with even more supporting evidence. Covering everything from the rules for planning and o... read more

The Oxford Book of American Short Stories

In The Oxford Book of American Short Stories, Joyce Carol Oates offers a sweeping survey of American short fiction, in a collection of nearly sixty tales that combines classic works with many "different, unexpected" gems, and that invites readers to explore a wealth of important pieces by women and minority writers. Some selections simply can't be improved on, Oates admits, and she happily inc... read more

In The Oxford Book of American Short Stories, Joyce Carol Oates offers a sweeping survey of American short fiction, in a collection of nearly sixty tales that combines classic works with many "different, unexpected" gems, and that invites readers to explore a wealth of important pieces by women and minority writers. Some selections simply can't be improved on, Oates admits, and she happily inc... read more

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