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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’ 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 manmade, offering suggestions for how to address a crisis like this in the future. 

©2018 Jose Andres (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great story, difficult listen

I would caution anyone thinking about getting the audio version of the book to listen to the sample before purchasing. Chef Andres has a very heavy accent which can make the listen challenging. Even though I am the first native English speaker of my family and have been surrounded by heavy accents all my life, I found that I had to be a very active listener in order to understand what was being said.

That said, I thought it was a wonderful book and a very important story to tell about the recovery efforts on the island where I was born. My heart reaches out to all my fellow Puerto Ricans and thank Chef Andres and his team for all his efforts in the months after the hurricane.

This is a must read book...however, maybe not in this format. It’s a shame that it is so hard to listen to...you can tell how committed Chef Andre is to this cause, even if it is hard to understand what he is saying.

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must read

A true account on the ground
of what really happened after Maria. an eye opener!

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A truly inspirational story that we all need now.

Heartbreaking and inspirational what Chef Jose was able to accomplish in Puerto Rico.A true must listen book.