José Andrés is many things: an entrepreneur, a superchef, a humanitarian, and now he can add “author” to his long list of accomplishments.
Andrés has just released a book called We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time, which offers an up-close look at the efforts by the Spanish chef and his team to deliver food to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island. Andrés came to be known as the face of the hurricane’s disaster relief efforts.
Said the chef: “We want to tell the inside story of what we saw on the ground — the good and the bad — of the crisis, the response, and how a plate of food does more than just fill you up. It fills you with hope,” according to dc.eater.com.
Andrés landed in Puerto Rico just four days after the hurricane hit and went on to prepare an impressive 100,000 meals per day and more than 3 million meals during 3 months. This book tells how he and his team “overcame blocked roads and collapsed bridges, political opposition and bureaucratic red tape, supply bottlenecks and cash crunches. It was hot, sweaty, exhausting work… [but] it was also life-changing and inspiring, channeling our love to do something as simple as this: to feed the people,” according to eater.com.
A portion of book sales will go to his non-profit, World Central Kitchen, which provides food to people affected by natural disasters. The book was written together with Richard Wolffe, a political analyst.
Andrés, who hails from Spain, runs 27 restaurants around the world and received the distinct honor of being named Humanitarian of the Year by the James Beard Foundation.