A 2019 Book Of The Year:
The Sunday Times
Radio 4's The Food Programme
BBC Good Food Magazine
The Daily Mail
The Washington Post
"50 Things We Love 2019"
The Observer Food Monthly
(& Other Recipes Worth Living For)
There are lots of ways to start a story, but this one begins with a chicken.
There was a time when, for Ella Risbridger, the world had become overwhelming. Sounds were too loud, colours were too bright, everyone moved too fast. 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.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Part cookbook, part memoir, part self-help guide. Risbridger’s debut is also that rare thing: a cookbook in which every recipe works.”
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"A cookbook-cum-memoir with a love story at its heart […] written with humour, kindness and real relish, this is a recipe book about the moments of joy that can be found in cooking, and in living.”