This book is featured in the Cookbook Potluck essay in our Winter 2023 newsletter.
One of the biggest books of the season is The World Central Kitchen Cookbook. Jocelyn read and reviewed José Andrés’s book We Fed an Island (2018) and couldn’t wait to try out this continuation of WCK’s story. Proceeds from sales of this collection of stories and recipes support Andrés’s nonprofit, which feeds communities impacted by natural disasters and humanitarian crises. This cookbook is filled with global recipes, scaled to serve 4–6 people or 100+, and includes Chicken Chili Verde, a dish made for local firefighters who battled the 2020 CZU Lightning Fire. Jocelyn made Firefighter Chili, described in the introduction as “a simple, forgiving dish,” and our staff (especially those who like spice) loved it!
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A captivating collection of stories and recipes from renowned chefs, local cooks, and celebrity friends of José Andrés’s beloved nonprofit World Central Kitchen (WCK), which feeds communities impacted by natural disasters and humanitarian crises; with a foreword from Stephen Colbert.
A BEST COOKBOOK OF THE YEAR: Food Network, The Boston Globe, NPR, Los Angeles Times, Epicurious, Wired
In their first cookbook, WCK shares recipes inspired by the many places they’ve cooked following disasters as well as inspiring narratives from the chefs and volunteers on the front lines. Photographs captured throughout the world highlight community and hope while stunning food photography showcases the mouthwatering recipes.
Each chapter reflects a value of the organization. “Urgency” focuses on food that can be eaten on the go, including the Lahmajoun Flatbread served after a devastating explosion rocked Beirut in 2020. In “Hope,” readers will find soups, stews, and comforting meals such as Ukrainian Borsch served to families living through an unthinkable invasion and Chicken Chili Verde prepared for California firefighters. Famous WCK supporters have shared recipes too, like Breakfast Tacos from Michelle Obama and a Lemon Olive Oil Cake from Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex. Other contributors include Marcus Samuelsson, Ayesha Curry, Reem Assil, Brooke Williamson, Emeril Lagasse, Tyler Florence, Guy Fieri, Sanjeev Kapoor, and Eric Adjepong.
The World Central Kitchen Cookbook: Feeding Humanity, Feeding Hope is a celebration of dignity and perseverance—and about building longer tables, not higher walls. All author proceeds from The World Central Kitchen Cookbook will be used to support World Central Kitchen’s emergency response efforts.
About the Author
World Central Kitchen, founded by Chef José Andrés, is a nonprofit which is first to the frontlines, providing meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises.