We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time
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 ...more
That said: this is the most IMPORTANT book that I've read this year. It has the chance to change the "past is ...more
José Andrés is a chef, humanitarian, and founder of World Central Kitchen. He arrived within a week of Hurricane Maria devastating the island of Puerto Rico and set about trying to feed everyone he possibly could. Andrés rallies huge support from volunteers and organizes a network of kitchens around the island to provide chicken and rice as well as ham and cheese sandwiches to everyone struggling to live without food, clean water, electricity, ...more
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.We Fed an Islandis definitely one of my favorite books of 2018. It's written by chefJosé Andrés, and discusses how he and his nonprofit organization helped feed Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria.
I was involved in a lot of the events and even was present in some of the scenes that Jose depicted in his book. He named a lot of people from many different ...more
Nonetheless, Chef José Andrés spares no punches as he describes the conditions he found on the island when he arrived, the bureaucratic runaround he received from FEMA, his disgust at how the president of the United States handled the tragedy, and the ...more
There's lots of great data -- anecdotal and otherwise -- to support why it's more humane to feed those who are in the thick of crisis hearty food like sancocho, ...more
Why I started this book: Eager to read a good news story about Hurricane Maria.
Why I finished it: Inspiring and frustrating. This book is about the best and the worst of circumstances, reactions and the business of helping people. I enjoyed the insight into disaster recovery, ...more
On the whole, it's a very uplifting story, about how these chefs and their volunteers were able to bring food; ham and cheese sandwiches, paella and other meals to the people of San ...more
I was torn on the rating for this one. The story itself is pretty amazing, eye opening and inspirational. The actual writing is at times repetitive and a bit overdone.
However, it is ultimately a narrative that explains how a small group of determined people, with ambitious leadership, can multiply and overcome ...more
Chef/Owner of ThinkFoodGroup, star of the "Made In Spain" television series, and culinary creator and advocate.