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Described by The Times as "the most talented new cookbook writer of a generation", Ella Risbridger was born in London in 1992. Her debut, Midnight Chicken (& Other Recipes Worth Living For), was published by Bloomsbury in January 2019 and won praise from Nigella Lawson, Nigel Slater and Diana Henry. You can read more about it under the Food tab at the top of the page. 

Ella is also the editor of the anthology Set Me On Fire: A Poem For Every Feeling, published by Transworld in November 2019, which is a collection of poetry that is actually good. No, really. You can read more about it under the Poems tab at the top of the page. 

She's written for The Guardian, The Observer, Prospect, Grazia, and some other places too. For three years she had a column (about lipstick, cancer, poetry, hospitals, Starbucks and snacks) at the late lamented Pool (RIP). She also had a beauty column in The I, which she had to stop because it was clear she didn't know anything about beauty products. You can read more about all this other stuff under the Other Stuff tab at the top of the page. 

Yes, she was also the one who was engaged to your man who got cancer and was funny about it and then he died.

No, she doesn't want to talk about it on your podcast. 

Yes, she's doing really well these days, thank you very much for asking. 

All this makes her life sound much more exciting than it actually is. She lives in South London with a lot of soft furnishings, many teetering stacks of books and a very patient housemate. She can't now remember why she wrote this bio in the third person, but hey: it let her begin with a truly outrageous bit of boasting.