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The Meaning of Food Memoir at Gower St

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“A good memoir is like comfort food itself”—Ruby Tandoh

Celebrating the release of her new book Midnight Chicken, Ella Risbridger will be joined by author of Longthroat Memoirs, Yemisi Aribisala, to discuss the particularities and pleasures of food memoir, chaired by Kate Young, author of literary-inspired The Little Library Cookbook.

Midnight Chicken contains recipes for “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, while Longthroat Memoirs presents a sumptuous menu of essays about Nigerian food – a series of love letters to the Nigerian palate. With The Little Library Cookbook, Kate brings to life meals from literature, reflecting on the impact each book has had on her cooking.

From their different perspectives, these three eminent food writers will discuss and share how personal food writing informs their cooking – and vice versa.

Join us for an evening of readings and conversation.

Tickets are £10/8 (students/Waterstones cardholders) and include a glass of wine or soft drink


Yemisi Aribisala is a Nigerian essayist, writer and food memoirist renowned for her work in documenting Nigerian food as an entry point to thinking and understanding the culture and society. Founding editor of the trailblazing Nigerian literary and culture publication Farafina Magazine, she was listed as one of the 100 inspiring women in Nigeria in 2017. Longthroat Memoirs won the John Avery Award (2017), and in 2018 was shortlisted for The Art of Eating Prize.

Ella Risbridger is a writer and poet living in South London. Her first book, Midnight Chicken, came out in January. It was described by The Guardian as a "wholly unconventional cookbook"; by The Times as "the first cookbook that should be made into a film"; and by Good Housekeeping as "the new Nigella". Apart from that, she has written for lots of places; was briefly the beauty columnist for The i; and eats a lot of toast.

Kate Young is an award-winning food writer and cook. The Little Library Cookbook, was shortlisted for the Fortnum & Mason's debut food book award and won a World Gourmand food writing award. The Little Library Cafe was named Blog of the Year in 2017 by the Guild of Food Writers. Kate writes about food and books for various UK publications. Originally from Australia, she now lives in the English countryside.

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