Meghan Markle privately visits a struggling community to support a very good cause
Duchess Meghan is now working on a solo Royal project. She’s working to release a cookbook called "Together: Our Community Cookbook."
This is her first solo project since marrying Prince Harry in May. The book focuses around the Hubb Community Kitchen.
The Hubb Community Kitchen is a group of displaced Londoners who have been meeting to cook for their families since their homes burned down in last year’s Grenfell Tower fire. The cookbook will include more than 50 recipes.
The recipes will range from coconut chicken curry to spiced mint tea and more. Duchess Meghan was responsible for writing the foreword.
Last summer, a group of women gathered in a communal kitchen at the Al Manaar Centre in West London, where they could prepare fresh food for their families, friends and neighbours #CookTogether pic.twitter.com/BqIyry3efv— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) September 17, 2018
For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. Meghan was responsible for the idea of the book according to The Guardian.
The Duchess met the women when she visited the kitchen at the Al-Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre in January. There she spent time cooking with some of them.
One of the women happened to mentioned that they had money issues that forced them to only use the communal area twice a week. Meghan then suggested that they stage a fundraiser.
“She saw the lovely food cooked by these women. So she goes: ‘Why not do a cookbook?’” a woman named Zahira Ghaswala said.
The Duchess of Sussex is supporting a new charity cookbook, 'Together: Our Community Cookbook', which celebrates the power of cooking to bring communities together. #CookTogether pic.twitter.com/XEclxgQjR4— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) September 17, 2018
At the time it seemed like an offhanded comment until now. The women hope to sell at least 50,000 copies of the cookbook and raise around $330,000.
The funds would allow them to keep the kitchen open seven days a week.
Profits from the sales of 'Together' will support the Hubb Community Kitchen, helping to keep it open for up to seven days a week and widening its reach to others in the community. #CookTogether pic.twitter.com/Ifhl2Gbb4e— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) September 18, 2018
With regards to the book, Meghan had this to say:
"So, I am proud to be supporting this cookbook, Together, which features delicious recipes from the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen. The proceeds will allow the kitchen to stay open and to thrive so it can continue transforming lives and communities through cooking. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do."
Profits from the sales of 'Together' will support the Hubb Community Kitchen, helping to keep it open for up to seven days a week and to widen its reach to others in the community #CookTogether: https://t.co/PfmFOfei8w pic.twitter.com/qt0vD25H3U— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) September 17, 2018
The book was supported by The Royal Foundation and published by Penguin Random House companies. Its recipes are from the Eastern Mediterranean, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa which can be bought here.
This is wonderful to see HRH the Duchess of Sussex merge her culinary and charitable interests to bring support to this community.— Jaslean La Taillade (@DrJazzyJas) September 17, 2018
Since her first visit, Meghan has made regular private appearances to the kitchen. On Monday, Kensington place posted images of the Duchess with the women at the venue.
To celebrate its launch, the Duchess will host a celebratory event with Prince Harry. It will be held on September 20 at Kensington Palace.
This isn’t the first charity work that Meghan has been involved in since becoming a Royal. On August 29, she and her husband attended a special performance of Hamilton on London’s West End.
They went to the Victoria Palace Theatre to help raise money for Harry’s Sentebale charity, which he co-founded in 2006 with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho which raises funds to support the mental health and well-being of children affected by HIV and AIDS in Botswana and Lesotho.