Midnight Chicken& Other Recipes Worth Living For


A book of recipes and reflections that reveal the life-changing happiness of cooking.

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, colors 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 chili-lemon spaghetti, charred leek lasagna, 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

Ella Risbridger is a writer and poet. She has written for the Guardian, Prospect, Grazia and Stylist, and she is the beauty columnist for the i. Midnight Chicken is her first book. She lives in London.

“In this uplifting cookbook debut, British writer Risbridger presents comfort food recipes that changed her life . . . Accompanied by cozy illustrations, this inviting work is one readers will turn to time and again.” –  Publishers Weekly

“A big old massive heart exploding love story . . . This is the first recipe book that should be made into a film.” –  The Times (UK)

“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

“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

“A wholly unconventional cookbook.” –  The Guardian

“The new Nigella.” –  Good Housekeeping