ARTS & CULTURE

This week we’re reading

ARTS & CULTURE

This week we’re reading

A philosophy book that will solve your midlife crisis, a heartwarming cookbook and the enchanting story of a girl getting magical powers in 14th century Russia

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A philosophy book that will solve your midlife crisis, a heartwarming cookbook and the enchanting story of a girl getting magical powers in 14th century Russia

  • Caroline O’Donoghue is reading (and eating)... Midnight Chicken & Other Recipes Worth Living For by Ella Risbridger

    I'm fortunate enough to have an entirely biased opinion of Ella Risbridger's debut cookbook, Midnight Chicken, in that I've eaten almost every recipe in the book while sitting at her kitchen table. The experience of reading and cooking from Midnight Chicken is a tiny bite of what it's like to be Ella's friend: messy, joyful, and full of cheese. It's bound to be a kitchen classic as well as the gift worried parents give their fretful daughters from now until the end of time. (Also, the chicken might be the big-ticket item of the book, but Ella is also a risotto expert, so make sure you pay close attention to those chapters too).

    • BUY Midnight Chicken & Other Recipes Worth Living For by Ella Risbridger on Amazon or pop in to your local bookshop.

  • Sam Baker is reading… The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

    If you’re a lover of fairytales and haven’t yet encountered the Winternight trilogy you are in for an absolute treat. I’ve waited a whole year for the third and final instalment of the tale of Vasya Petrovna, a girl growing into her magical powers at a time when burgeoning Christianity threatens to destroy superstition in Russia and witches are burnt at the stake. You could read this as a stand-alone, but it will be far more rewarding if you indulge yourself and go back to the beginning with The Bear and the Nightingale. Steeped in the folklore of Baba Yaga and the Winter King (cue inappropriate crush), it’s truly magical.

    • BUY The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden on Amazon or pop in to your local bookshop.

  • Hannah Banks-Walker is reading… Fox 8 by George Saunders

    I read Fox 8 by George Saunders. It took me about 15 minutes and I was utterly enthralled. It's as funny as it is heartbreaking, as charming as it is poignant. I absolutely loved it and want to read it again immediately. After this and Lincoln in the Bardo, I think Saunders is fast becoming one of the most interesting writers of the moment.

    • BUY Fox 8 by George Saunders on Amazon or pop in to your local bookshop.

  • Radhika Sanghani is reading… Midlife: A philosophical guide by Kieran Setiya

    When my friend bought me a book about how to use philosophy to solve your midlife crisis for Christmas, she prefaced it saying: 'I know you're only 28. But I feel like this is very you.' She's right. Reading this book feels like I'm having a tea and chat with Aristotle and Plato in my living room, and I'm obsessed.

    • BUY Midlife: A Philosophical Guide by Kieran Setiya on Amazon or pop in to your local bookshop.

  • Amy Jones is reading… Sushi For Beginners by Marian Keyes

    Everyone loves Marian Keyes, and quite rightly so, but I rarely hear people talking about this one. It's the first Keyes I read, and remains my favourite to this day. It follows the life of three women: magazine editor Lisa, who is going through a divorce and being forcibly relocated to Dublin from London; her waist-less assistant editor Ashling, aka Little-Miss-Fix-It; and Ashling's best friend Clodgah, who may have a handsome husband and two gorgeous kids but feels like her life is spiralling out of control. Sushi For Beginners is classic Keyes in that it's constantly surprising, gloriously entertaining, and has a dark underbite that makes it irresistible.

    • BUY Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes on Amazon or pop in to your local bookshop.

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