The World Central Kitchen Cookbook Review

The World Central Kitchen Cookbook Review
By The Cooking World, Editorial Staff
September 25, 2023

The World Central Kitchen Cookbook: Feeding Humanity, Feeding Hope

In this week's cookbook review, we'll write about a fantastic cookbook, The World Central Kitchen Cookbook, and one of the most inspiring humanitarian causes of all time.

In their first cookbook, World Central Kitchen (WCK) shares recipes inspired by the many places they've cooked following disasters and inspiring narratives from the chefs and volunteers on the front lines. Photographs captured worldwide highlight community and hope, while stunning food photography showcases mouthwatering recipes.

The World Central Kitchen Cookbook celebrates dignity and perseverance—and is about building longer tables, not higher walls.

The World Central Kitchen Cookbook

A Humanitarian Mission

When it comes to cookbooks, The World Central Kitchen Cookbook by José Andrés is nothing short of extraordinary. This outstanding cookbook combines the art of cooking with a profound humanitarian mission, making it one of the most exciting cookbooks released this year.

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.

In total, you'll have eight chapters to explore, each one of them offering something different from the previous one.

Famous WCK supporters have shared recipes, like Breakfast Tacos from Michelle Obama and a Lemon Olive Oil Cake from MeghanThe 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
Yazzie's Sage Agave Braised Bison. Photography by Kristin Keig (p. 57)

Create Change Through Food

Besides the inspiring stories you'll find in The World Central Kitchen Cookbook, one of the standout features of this cookbook is its diversity. Featuring recipes from renowned chefs, local cooks, and celebrity friends of José Andrés, it offers a global journey of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds.

From comforting classics to innovative dishes, each recipe tells a unique story and invites you to explore the world through your palate.

What truly makes this book unique is its connection to the World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit organization known for its humanitarian efforts. Through this cookbook, you not only you'll discover delightful recipes but also become a part of a broader mission to feed humanity and spread hope.

The World Central Kitchen Cookbook is more than just a collection of recipes; it's an inspiration. It encourages you to share meals with loved ones, build stronger communities, and make a positive impact in the world. With its beautiful storytelling, stunning visuals, and mouthwatering recipes, this book is a testament to the power of food to bring people together and create change.

The World Central Kitchen Cookbook
Marcus's Spiced Catfish Sandwiches. Photography by Kristin Keig (p. 90)

Final Thoughts

If you're looking for a cookbook that not only elevates your culinary skills but also warms your heart, The World Central Kitchen Cookbook is a must-read. Get ready to embark on a flavorful journey and be part of something bigger than yourself.


The World Central Kitchen Cookbook is a heartwarming culinary journey, blending inspiring humanitarian stories with delectable recipes and providing a unique perspective on the power of food in bringing communities together.









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