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Ella Risbridger – The Year of Miracles

At: The Portobello Bookshop

On:15th June 2022, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Ella Risbridger – The Year of Miracles at The Portobello Bookshop

We are tremendously excited to be welcoming Ella Risbridger to the bookshop for an evening event in celebration of her new book, The Year of Miracles (Recipes About Love + Grief + Growing Things). From the award-winning author of Midnight Chicken (& Other Recipes Worth Living For) comes a new cookbook and the story of a year in the kitchen. We can't wait to hear all about it on the night! Ella will be in conversation with writer and critic, Caroline Eden.

We are planning for this event to take place in the bookshop with an in-person audience, as well as a livestream for attendees watching from home. On the night of the event, our team will be wearing masks.

Please note that vouchers can be used on any item in the bookshop and on our website – including books by featured authors. Please consider supporting the bookshop by purchasing a book or voucher.

About The Year of Miracles (Recipes About Love + Grief + Growing Things):

This is a cookbook. It’s also a story about a year of grief and hope and change; a year of fancy fish pie, cardamom-cinnamon chicken rice, chimichurri courgettes, quadruple carb soup, blackberry miso birthday cake, and sticky toffee Guinness brownie pudding.

A year of loss, and every kind of romance, and fried jam sandwiches.

A year of seedlings and pancakes. A year of falling in love. A year of recipes.

A year, in other words, of minor miracles.

Perhaps you’ve read and cooked from Midnight Chicken (& Other Recipes Worth Living For). Perhaps you haven’t. Either way, The Year of Miracles is the story of what happened next - and how even after the worst thing you can think of happens, you can still cook, and eat, and love.

Ella Risbridger is one of the UK’s rising cookery stars, and her first cookbook Midnight Chicken (& Other Recipes Worth Living For) won the Guild of Food Writers General Cookbook Award 2020. She has been described as ‘the most talented British debut writer in a generation’ (Sunday Times), and is championed by Nigella Lawson, Diana Henry and Nigel Slater, amongst others.

Caroline Eden is a writer and critic contributing to The Guardian, BBC and The Times Literary Supplement. Caroline’s books include SamarkandBlack Sea, and most recently, Red Sands, a ‘book of the year’ for the Financial Times, Sunday Times and The New Yorker.

Please note: Tickets for our events are non-refundable. Professional photography and videography may take place during this event. Thank you for your understanding.

The venue

The Portobello Bookshop

46 Portobello High Street
EH15 1DA

Telephone: 0131 629 6756


Wheelchair Access

We have a ramp at the front of the shop which has a ratio of 1:10 and loading capacity of 300kg, and so should be able to be used by most wheelchair users or those with mobility vehicles. The front doors are fully automated. Our shop interior is designed to allow access throughout for wheelchair users and prams, though please note there is only 700mm wide clearance to access the staff toilet.


We use a PA system to enhance the audio at our live events. We also have a hearing loop system installed, if you’d like to use our loop system during an event please let us know and we’ll make sure we have it setup and connected to the live audio feed during the event. If you wish to attend an event and require BSL interpretation, please give us a few weeks notice and we’ll do our best to arrange an interpreter.