A Plate of Hope : The Inspiring Story of Chef José Andrés and World Central Kitchen

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A moving picture book biography about chef José Andrés, who, along with his World Central Kitchen organization, is sure to inspire kids to help out in their own communities.

José Andrés’s love of cooking began as a young boy in Spain as he gathered the wood to make the fire that would cook the paella just right. José loved everything about it: the sizzling olive oil, the mounds of chopped vegetables, and the smell of saffron. When he left home, he realized he wanted to tell stories with food. And tell them he did, creating magic with the seeds of ripe tomatoes and pomegranates and cheese. His dreams grew until they were as big as the stars in the sky. He thought, No one should ever go hungry. I want to help feed the world-- and World Central Kitchen was born.

From the earthquake in Haiti to the war in Ukraine and the Covid pandemic, José and his team at World Central Kitchen have been at the frontlines, serving more than 200 million meals and counting, and bringing comfort and hope in the darkest times.

With a lyrical text and stunning illustrations, here is a picture book biography about a world-renowned humanitarian and chef that’s sure to inspire a new generation of community helpers.

Erin Frankel is a children’s book author. She loves telling stories of empathy and wonder. Her picture books include A Plate of HopeRemembering Barkley, and the Weird! series. Erin enjoys visiting schools to talk to students about stories and kindness. She lives with her family in Pittsburgh, where she writes, teaches, and hopes.

Paola Escobar grew up traveling from town to town in Bogota, Colombia. She is the illustrator of Digging for Words, an ALA Notable Book, and recipient of both the Americas Award and the International Latino Book Award, as well as Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré, an Indie Pick called "a must-have for all libraries" in a School Library Journal starred review. She lives with her husband and her dog, Flora.

 ★ "Lush illustrations and a captivating narrative make this biography shine." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Focusing on scenes of people and food, Escobar’s luscious digital images add visual savor via colorful spirals of enticing aromas." —Publishers Weekly

"Readers will be encouraged to think big and make connections between their dreams and the needs they encounter." —Booklist

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