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Author: José Andrés Narrator: José Andrés, Luis A. Miranda Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2018 ISBN: 9780062884039
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The true story of how a group of chefs fed hundreds of thousands of hungry Americans after Hurricane Maria and touched the hearts of many more.

Chef José Andrés arrived in Puerto Rico four days after Hurricane Maria ripped through the island. The economy was destroyed and for most people there was no clean water, no food, no power, no gas, and no way to communicate with the outside world.

Andrés addressed the humanitarian crisis the only way he knew how: by feeding people, one hot meal at a time. From serving sancocho with his friend José Enrique at Enrique’s ravaged restaurant in San Juan to eventually cooking 100,000 meals a day at more than a dozen kitchens across the island, Andrés and his team fed hundreds of thousands of people, including with massive paellas made to serve thousands of people alone.. At the same time, they also confronted a crisis with deep roots, as well as the broken and wasteful system that helps keep some of the biggest charities and NGOs in business.

Based on Andrés’s insider’s take as well as on meetings, messages, and conversations he had while in Puerto Rico, We Fed an Island movingly describes how a network of community kitchens activated real change and tells an extraordinary story of hope in the face of disasters both natural and man-made, offering suggestions for how to address a crisis like this in the future.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “José Andrés’ work to build a massive relief operation from the ground up after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico was nothing short of miraculous—and a powerful reminder that we all have a responsibility to do what we can to help one another in times of need.”

    President Bill Clinton

  • “In the days and weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, José Andrés seemed to always be in constant motion—cooking, cajoling, inspiring, doing whatever it took to feed as many people as possible. I saw the results of his, and his volunteers’, work firsthand, but it’s only in the pages of this book that the scale of their contribution becomes clear. What an amazing story!”

    Anderson Cooper

  • “This lovely, energizing story from Michelin-starred chef Andrés and his frequent cookbook coauthor Wolffe provides an antidote to passivity and cynicism…A powerful story of the impact a well-meaning group can have on the world.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “An earthshaking report on Hurricane Maria’s catastrophic aftermath and a hopeful and determined look toward preventing similar failures in the future.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A passionate and courageous story that should be required reading for anyone involved in disaster response.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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About the Author

José Andrés is the founder and chairman of World Central Kitchen, the NGO behind #ChefsForPuertoRico, and cofounder of ThinkFoodGroup, which has more than thirty restaurants around the world. Andrés is a Michelin-starred, James Beard Award–winning chef, and was twice named among Time’s “100 Most Influential People.” He is also the author of several cookbooks in English and Spanish.