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We Fed an Island
We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time | Jose Andres
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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. Beyond that, a portion of the proceeds from the book will be donated to the Chef Relief Network of World Central Kitchen for efforts in Puerto Rico and beyond.
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kgriffith
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Solid three ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Will revisit for some of the types of food, restaurants, and organizations mentioned throughout.

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The first time I listened to this song I didn‘t hear the coquí until the very end, the one that chirps into the silence after the music and singing concludes. I‘m tearing up just thinking about the gut punch of it. ??

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Susanita
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More from Books in Bloom: the chefs! Edward Lee, Kwame Onwuachi, and later José Andres.

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kgriffith
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Macabre humor in the midst of bananas details of trying to get food to the Puerto Rican people. Fucked up, indeed.

PatriciaU This is where I wish there was a 😡button on Litsy. What happened here was shameful. 3mo
kgriffith @PatriciaU Indeed. I‘m heading down in two weeks to work for a month, and just booked lodging for the four nights @brandybear22 is coming to visit while I‘m there. Definitely trying to do my part to boost the economy 😄 3mo
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kgriffith
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Returned to this one for some lunchtime #audiocooking 🇵🇷
“If you want to talk to Puerto Ricans, try sharing a meal with them. If you want to tell them you care, try cooking for them.”

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kgriffith
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“You should never feel guilty about feeling ambitious when you‘re trying to help other people. If you don‘t dream, then reality will never change.”

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kgriffith
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I lived in PR during the most devastating storm to hit PR on record before Maria, Hurricane Hugo in 1989. They worked to get the schools operational first so kids were able to eat regularly because even living on the navy base, which I now understand had more resources than anywhere else on the island, we didn‘t have water for weeks and electricity for longer. This is going to be an emotional but important listen/read before next month. #STEMinPR

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kgriffith
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A mini Puerto Rican feast for our last meeting of the semester. Next time we‘re together, we‘ll be on the island! 🌴 🇵🇷

readordierachel Yum! Arroz con gandules! 4mo
kgriffith @readordierachel it was so good! I‘ve already told @brandybear22 I need to try making this chicken for her, and I have almost a full jar of achiotes besides all of my penzeys to try coloring and seasoning the rice from scratch instead of using sazón ? 4mo
brandybear22 @kgriffith yes, please 4mo
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JenReadsAlot
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What an amazing man! Thanks to @MicheleinPhilly for bringing this book to my attention!

MicheleinPhilly 👍🏼 5mo
litenthusiast I'm currently listening to this on audio. It is such a good book! 5mo
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Christine
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Wow - I learned a lot of things from this. Mostly infuriating ones about the horrors of bureaucracy during disaster relief, but also uplifting stories about the strength and resilience of Puerto Ricans and the determination of some of those who came to help. Really enjoyed that the audiobook was narrated by Chef Andrés himself. (And thanks to @MicheleinPhilly for bumping this up to the top of my list!)

litenthusiast I had no idea this existed. Thank you! Plus now knowing he narrates his own book is even better!! 6mo
MicheleinPhilly YAY! So glad you enjoyed! 6mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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February wrap-up! 15 books completed and the tagged book was easily my favorite. Unfortunately there were a few clunkers in this group. I started 2 new series, read 4 books in the Bosch series, and abandoned another series (sorry Fiona Barton.) Also completed my winter selections for #Booked2019.

TrishB Notes not to start Fiona Barton. Great stats 👍🏻 6mo
DivineDiana 👏🏻📚👏🏻 6mo
Kalalalatja Great month! 6mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego You did great! 📖💖 6mo
LauraBeth That‘s a lot of reading! I primarily watched Grace and Frankie...😂 6mo
Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻 look at you 6mo
Megabooks Yeah, I‘m not a big Barton fan either. Great job! 5mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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I wish this book was more widely read. It is the absolutely beautiful story of what a passionate, creative, generous, industrious angel Chef José Andrés is. It is also the story of how totally inept government bureaucracy is. Chef José fed millions in Puerto Rico, Houston, Haiti, Napa Valley. His World Central Kitchen organization will get all of my disaster relief donations from this point forward. 5? ??

Cinfhen Sounds like an incredible read ~ thanks for sharing 💚 6mo
MicheleinPhilly @Cinfhen It is! And all of the chef‘s proceeds from the book‘s sale go to his organization. But it will make you cry your eyes out! 6mo
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farrahkohn I fee as though I heard an interview with him somewhere? NPR perhaps? He‘s inspirational! 6mo
MicheleinPhilly @farrahkohn I know he did several interviews with Anderson Cooper when this was going on. He is an absolute angel on Earth. 6mo
KristenDuck Wow this looks like a good one! 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Oooh thanks for your review! I snagged this book on a Daily Deal but haven‘t started it. I might use it for this prompt too! 🍲♥️📚👊🏻 6mo
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daniwithtea
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Current workday audiobook. The story is heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time.

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WanderingBookaneer
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Full quote:
“Here‘s @chefJoséandres sharing his plan to feed #Maria survivors across Puerto Rico with support from federal partners,” FEMA tweeted. After all the struggles and confused stares from FEMA officials and the big charities, it felt like vindication.

“Team, you can be proud!” I told my chefs. “FEMA has just announced that our plan is the plan to follow!”

Later on, I realized I was being naïve. They were just using my image...

Chrissyreadit I couldn‘t decide if today Hunger Games or Handmaids Tale was more relevant. 10mo
MicheleinPhilly I am reading this now and I can‘t imagine how it must have felt for you to relive it all over again. I keep having to take breaks because I am either fighting back tears or VIBRATING with rage. 7mo
WanderingBookaneer @MicheleinPhilly : I had to stop several times. I‘ve started to write how much his words affected me, but I still can‘t talk about the bureaucratic BS you had to go through to feed people in need. 7mo
MicheleinPhilly When that one FEMA official told him that food was not a priority...🤯🤬 7mo
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This book was written before the revised death toll.

The days—the months if I am honest—after Hurricane María were among the worst my compatriots and I have lived through. I want to say that I am scarred by them, but reading this book has made me realize that the wound is still open. There is no sign of s scab, much less a scar.

MicheleinPhilly 😔 10mo
Megabooks 😥 10mo
Linear 😔 10mo
SoniaC It‘s terrible how it was managed. There should have been and still needs to be so much more help. 10mo
Lcsmcat 😢 10mo
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Tjackson
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I am so glad I am reading this book.

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Tjackson
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Too many distractions yesterday, but today I plan to make great progress of reading this gem!!!!

MallenNC And he's already here in North Carolina helping with his team! 11mo
Leigh0906 @MallenNC He dropped off meals to the shelters in my hometown yesterday! Part of my mom‘s job is overseeing nursing staffing at the shelters, and she told me the workers and evacuees were so grateful for a hot meal! 11mo
Tjackson @MallenNC I saw him speak Friday night about the book and he shared what was already in@place in NC. It is a great book and proceeds go his World Central Kitchen 501c3 organization so they can continue to do this great work. 11mo
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Tjackson @Leigh0906 He understands the importance of food and the power of a hot meal. 11mo
MallenNC @Leigh0906 That's so great to hear. I am sure his food is such a respite from the storm. 11mo
MallenNC @Tjackson I am definitely going to get his book. What an amazing effort! 11mo
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Tjackson
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Today‘s agenda. I need some inspiration in my life right now. Jose is it!

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Today‘s agenda. I need some inspiration in my life right now. Jose is it!

Tamra I like his TV personality - the few times I‘ve seen him. 11mo
Tjackson @Tamra He is a very genuine, caring person. I ❤️❤️❤️ his World Central Kitchen organization and his humanitarian efforts around the world! 11mo
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Tjackson
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Getting ready to hear Jose Andres talk about this book and his work around the world. So excited!!!

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WanderingBookaneer
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I was fortunate enough to connect with José Andrés‘s nonprofit and deliver food to various communities in Vega Baja who were ravaged by #HurricaneMaria . If it were up to me, this book would become a bestseller to pay back this man who selflessly did so much for my island.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B079WVMBNT/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Susanita He fed folks in Guatemala too after the volcano eruption. ❤️ 14mo
WanderingBookaneer @Susanita : He‘s been doing it for years. He started after the Haiti earthquake, he‘s helped after California wildfires, after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, etc. 14mo
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