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"Cooked: Survival by Zip Code indicts a series of unfortunate, human-made events behind that disastrous Chicago summer of '95... it's full of good interview subjects, guided by reasonable but barely hidden disgust and contempt for the magnitude, and racial implications of the '95 heat wave and the estimated 739 lives lost."

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

"[Helfand] makes a persuasive argument that it’s time to broaden the definition of disaster — to include the vast and ongoing economic and community inequities."

- Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune

"A much-needed slap in the face to the American people... It’s time that those of us with privilege do something to help those who don’t."

- Lorry Kikta, Film Threat