I founded Sinsheimer Literary in the Fall of 2016 after spending seven years as an editor at Oxford University Press. I treasured the close editor-author relationships I formed, but wanted to represent my authors’ interests more completely. As an agent, I can!
I represent a range of adult nonfiction, with a particular interest in food and culture. I've sold numerous food studies and policy books including Marion Nestle's Unsavory Truth (Basic Books), Michael Jacobson's Salt Wars (MIT Press), and Catherine Donnelly's Ending the War on Artisan Cheese (Chelsea Green). I've represented health-conscious cookbooks, such as Super Foods, Super Latin (Skyhorse), Feeding Your Family the Anti-Inflammatory Way (Adams Media), and Mediterranean Every Day (Harvard Common Press). And I'm on the lookout for more great place-specific food narratives, having represented Porto (Agate Surrey), with stories from the multigenerational vendors in Europe's oldest open-air food market, and Rice, Water, Earth (Tuttle), a sake travelogue.
There's more on my plate (pun!) than just food and drink, though. In fact, you could say that I represented the opposite of food and drink with a book about the new science of fasting called Fast ( Abrams Press). I'd love to take on more accessible science journalism. I'm also keen to represent environmental and social issues books, having worked on Disposable City (Nation Books), about Miami's existential sea level rise crisis, If I Don't Make It, I Love You (Skyhorse), an anthology of narratives from school shooting survivors, and Shooting War (Glitterati Editions), profiling eighteen war photographers and the traumas they have endured.
Prior to founding my agency I managed Oxford University Press's influential Companion series, multi-authored, subject-defining works that included The Oxford Companion to Beer (2011), The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets (2015), Savoring Gotham (2015), The Oxford Companion to Cheese (2016), and The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails (forthcoming). The series has won or been nominated for James Beard, IACP, Gourmand, and other food writing awards. In addition to the Companion series, I acquired titles that don't fit as neatly into a category box. Prominent among them was Soda Politics, by Marion Nestle (2015), which has had considerable impact on public debate about, and policy action regarding, the taxation and regulation of sweetened beverages. It won both a James Beard award and an IACP award.
I have a BA in English lit from Middlebury College and an MA in liberal studies from Duke University. I live in Washington, D.C., and travel back and forth to NYC often to meet with editors and visit family.