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Midnight Chicken
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Midnight Chicken
& Other Recipes Worth Living For
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Winner of the Guild of Food Writers General Cookbook Award 2020

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'A manual for living and a declaration of hope' – Nigella Lawson

'Beautiful, life-affirming memoir with recipes ... The most talented British debut writer in a generation'
- Sunday Times

'Brave and moving ... as effective as a manual for life as it is as a kitchen companion' - Shamil Thakrar, co-founder of Dishoom
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There are lots of ways to start a story, but this one begins with a chicken.
Because one night, Ella found herself lying on her kitchen floor, wondering if she would ever get up – and it was the thought of a chicken, of roasting it, and of eating it, that got her to her feet and made her want to be alive.
Midnight Chicken is the story of Ella's life in a Tiny Flat, and the food she cooked there. From roast garlic and tomato soup to charred leek lasagne or burnt­butter brownies, she shares recipes that are about people, about love, about the things that matter every day. This is a cookbook-of-stories to make you fall in love with the world again.
With a new afterword about life after The Tiny Flat.
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'An utter treat' - Dolly Alderton
'Divine. Utterly totally perfect' - Charly Cox
'Generous, honest and uplifting' - Diana Henry
'So thoughtfully and poetically written' - Josie Long
'She cooks like a dream and writes like an angel' - Sarah Phelps
'She has found a way to write not just about food itself but, more importantly, about the darkness for which cooking can be a partial remedy' - Bee Wilson
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Winner of the Guild of Food Writers General Cookbook Award 2020

_________________

'A manual for living and a declaration of hope' – Nigella Lawson

'Beautiful, life-affirming memoir with recipes ... The most talented British debut writer in a generation'
- Sunday Times

'Brave and moving ... as effective as a manual for life as it is as a kitchen companion' - Shamil Thakrar, co-founder of Dishoom
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There are lots of ways to start a story, but this one begins with a chicken.
Because one night, Ella found herself lying on her kitchen floor, wondering if she would ever get up – and it was the thought of a chicken, of roasting it, and of eating it, that got her to her feet and made her want to be alive.
Midnight Chicken is the story of Ella's life in a Tiny Flat, and the food she cooked there. From roast garlic and tomato soup to charred leek lasagne or burnt­butter brownies, she shares recipes that are about people, about love, about the things that matter every day. This is a cookbook-of-stories to make you fall in love with the world again.
With a new afterword about life after The Tiny Flat.
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'An utter treat' - Dolly Alderton
'Divine. Utterly totally perfect' - Charly Cox
'Generous, honest and uplifting' - Diana Henry
'So thoughtfully and poetically written' - Josie Long
'She cooks like a dream and writes like an angel' - Sarah Phelps
'She has found a way to write not just about food itself but, more importantly, about the darkness for which cooking can be a partial remedy' - Bee Wilson
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About the Author-
  • Ella Risbridger is a writer, editor and anthologiser. In a former life she was a beauty columnist for the i, a cancer columnist for the Pool, a sometime journalist for lots of places (Guardian, Observer, Prospect, Grazia, Stylist), a poet and a carer. She now lives and works in south-east London, where she has too many books and thinks a lot about getting a cat.

    Ella's website is seldom updated and her Twitter is mostly abandoned, but she is often on Instagram. @ellarisbridger / ellarisbridger.com
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 15, 2019
    In this uplifting cookbook debut, British writer Risbridger presents comfort food recipes that changed her life. After struggling with mental illness and attempting suicide, she found stability by cooking recipes that helped her fall back “in love with the world.” Risbridger opens each recipe with an anecdote that explains its origin: before teaching readers how to make burrata salad, she writes, “I first made this in Rome where I had gone... to meet a stranger off the internet.” The recipes themselves are written in a casual tone, as if Risbridger were alongside the reader in the kitchen providing friendly instruction— for the roast tomato and garlic soup, for instance, she writes, “Take your tomatoes and slice them into quarters or eights if you can be bothered; I rarely can.” She provides several comfort classics with fun twists, most notably salted caramel brown butter brownies (which, while baking, reminds her that “things do indeed get better”), butternut squash soup with the addition of amaretto, a kale salad with pomegranate molasses and lime, and the eponymous roasted “midnight chicken” with a garlic-lemon-ginger seasoning (it’s about comfort and “wanting to be alive”). Accompanied by cozy illustrations, this inviting work is one readers will turn to time and again.

  • The Sunday Times She has found a way to write not just about food itself but, more importantly, about the darkness for which cooking can be a partial remedy
  • Sunday Times, Culture magazine Risbridger is the most talented British debut writer in a generation
  • BBC Good Food Magazine This is so much more than a cookbook... Beautifully written and restorative with comforting recipes and ways to find joy, you'll want to read this yourself before you give it as a gift ­ maybe buy two
  • The Sunday Times Magazine I couldn't have loved Ella Risbridger's Midnight Chicken more. It's a narrative with recipes and the narrative is about love, grief and healing, and the redemptive power of stirring something at the stove, glass in hand
  • Good Housekeeping The new Nigella
  • Emerald Street To call this a cookbook is to do it an injustice. It's a love letter to food, a manual on how to appreciate every meal, and a book of memories
  • Sarah Phelps She cooks like a dream and writes like an angel
  • The Sunday Times magazine Beautiful, life-affirming memoir with recipes
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