We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time
From HarperCollins: "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
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
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. "
Listen to an interview with Chef Andrés on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross here.
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