A Collection of Recipes Inspired by True Heroism
This book is dedicated not only to one individual, but to all 343 firefighters who inspired me to give back to the brave men and women who we call firefighters.
On September 11, 2001, the U.S. Fire Service suffered the greatest loss in its history. The murderous attack on the World Trade Center claimed the lives of 343 ﬁreﬁghters from the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), along with thousands of innocent civilians. These 343 public servants perished doing their job and saving the lives of others.
Because of their efforts and sacrifice that day, thousands of lives were saved. Their true heroism and disregard for their own safety touched many people across the United States and throughout the world, including Robert Scambia.
Before 9/11, Robert did not have much affiliation with ﬁre service. However, after 9/11, Robert felt compelled to do something to show his appreciation for the men and women who serve in this demanding public safety profession.
As an aspiring gourmet chef, he would cook for them. Since he lived in Palm Beach County, Florida, he started there. After cooking for dozens of stations in South Florida, Robert moved to Central Florida, taking his crusade and culinary genius to ﬁre stations in Lake and Orange counties. He is a man on a mission, and a very worthy one.
Most people would think the generosity he has shown the ﬁre service by cooking for them would be enough – not so for Robert. Robert decided in order to truly show his appreciation for the ﬁreﬁghting profession, he would write a cookbook, publish it, and a percentage of the proceeds after expenses will go to benefit firefighters.