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Summary

Bloomsbury presents Midnight Chicken by Ella Risbridger, read by Ella Risbridger.

Winner of the Guild of Food Writers General Cookbook Award 2020

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 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.

©2019 Ella Risbridger (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic reviews

"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)

"'Risbridger is the most talented British debut writer in a generation." (Sunday Times)

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  • 26-07-21

So good!

I've never bought a cookbook on audiobook before. I have Midnight Chicken in physical form and have adored it. When I heard it was not only coming out on Audible, but moreover read by Ella Risbridger, I preordered it immediately. It's my favorite cookbook, my favorite memoir, and right up there with my favorite books in general. It's one I come back to when I'm not even looking to cook, I just want to feel like I'm cozy in someone else's kitchen on a fall weekend day and we are doing the very important work of being alive. Being able to listen to it makes that feel even more possible and lovely.