Ella Risbridger, Elisa Cunningham
Winner of the Guild of Food Writers General Cookbook Award 2020
‘A manual for living and a declaration of hope’ Nigella Lawson
‘A moving testimonial to the redemptive power of cooking. Generous, honest and uplifting’ Diana Henry
There are lots of ways to start a story, but this one begins with a chicken…
When the world becomes overwhelming, Ella Risbridger focuses on the little things that bring her joy, like enjoying a glass of wine when cooking, FaceTiming with a friend whilst making bagels, and sharing recipes that are good for the soul. One night she 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 a cookbook. Or, at least, you’ll flick through these pages and find recipes so inviting that you will head straight for the kitchen: roast garlic and tomato soup, uplifting chilli-lemon spaghetti, charred leek lasagne, squash skillet pie, spicy fish finger sandwiches and burnt-butter brownies. It’s the kind of cooking you can do a little bit drunk, that is probably better if you’ve got a bottle of wine open and a hunk of bread to mop up the sauce. But if you settle down and read it with a cup of tea (or a glass of that wine), you’ll also discover that it’s an annotated list of things worth living for – a manifesto of moments worth living for. This is a cookbook to make you fall in love with the world again.
Featuring an entire chapter on storecupboard recipes.
‘Risbridger is the most talented British debut writer in a generation’ Sunday Times
‘A big old massive heart exploding love story’ The Times
A moving testimonial to the redemptive power of cooking. Risbridger knows that it offers not just solace but a map; cooking can save you. Generous, honest and uplifting. I wish I'd had this book when I was in my twenties -- Diana Henry One of the things that makes Midnight Chicken such a very good book is how hard it is to say exactly what it is. Yes, to be sure, it's a cookbook, but it is also a manual for living and a declaration of hope -- Nigella Lawson Her writing is beautiful, brave and moving. She shares wholeheartedly with her reader, not just of her experience, but also herself. This is a book for all seasons and states of mind and is as effective as a manual for life as it is as a kitchen companion -- Shamil Thakrar, co-founder of Dishoom * Caterer * A wholly unconventional cookbook * Guardian * A big old massive heart exploding love story... This is the first recipe book that should be made into a film * The 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 -- Bee Wilson * The Sunday Times * Risbridger is the most talented British debut writer in a generation * Sunday Times, Culture 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 * BBC Good Food 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 * The Sunday Times Magazine * The new Nigella * Good Housekeeping * Confessional, clever and readable -- Delicious magazine Heartfelt anecdotes and recipes will bolster your faith in the redemptive power of cooking -- Waitrose magazine Midnight Chicken is so much more than a cookery book. Which isn't to say that Midnight Chicken won't nourish both your tummy and your tastebuds, but it will also nourish your soul * Red * This is legit the warmest, friendliest, most forgiving cookbook I have ever come across -- Melissa Harrison, author of All Among the Barley 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 * Emerald Street * She cooks like a dream and writes like an angel * Sarah Phelps * Divine. Utterly totally perfect * Charly Cox * So full of loving kindness and so thoughtfully and poetically written * Josie Long * Risbridger's debut is also that rare thing: a cookbook in which every recipe works -- i paper Beautiful, life-affirming memoir with recipes * The Sunday Times magazine * A gentle how-to on cooking real food * Oldie *
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