The Duchess of Sussex will soon be a published author.

Meghan Markle has written the introduction for the new charity cookbook “Together: Our Community Kitchen. The book is a collection of recipes from the Hubb Community Kitchen, a community of women that banded together after the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017.

“Together: Our Community Kitchen” features over 50 of the community kitchen’s most loved recipes from all over the world. Markle has said she was inspired by the women at the Hubb Community Kitchen when she first met them back in January and has been visiting the kitchen regularly since then. The book’s launch was hosted at the home of Prince Harry and the Duchess in Kensington Palace.

“I had just recently moved to London and I felt so immediately embraced by the women of the kitchen,” Markle said to her guests at the launch event. “Your warmth and your kindness, and also to be in this city and see in this one small room how multicultural it was. I felt, on a personal level, so proud to live in a city that can have so much diversity. That there are 12 countries represented in this one small room, is pretty outstanding.”

Along with her mother, Doria Ragland, and Prince Harry, the Duchess even helped cook at the event. The crew made green rice, coconut chicken curry, aubergine masala, chapatis and more.

 

The princess isn’t the only one who enjoyed the food at the event, the ITV news crew caught Prince Harry sneaking away after the official event photo shoot to grab some samosas!

The Hubb Community Kitchen is formed by a group of women that were affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in West London, United Kingdom. The tragic apartment building fire led to about 74 deaths and left 70 others injured. After the tragedy, the women affected gathered at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Center in West London using the communal kitchen to cook for their families, friends, and neighbors.

As these women of various ethnicities collaborated, they shared delicious recipes and through food, they all connected and healed. Through word of mouth, this little community of women grew and they developed the Hubb Community Kitchen. In Arabic, hubb means love, which is fitting as this was a project filled with love.

“We were instantly caught up by the extraordinary vision for this project with the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen,” said Baroness Gail Rebuck, Chair of Penguin Random House, the publisher of the book. “Every woman who has contributed a recipe to this book has also contributed a fragment of their lives and memories. Each dish tells a story of culture, family and a sense of home. But most of all Together is an homage to life and friendship and we hope it will act as a symbol to all communities and encourage cooking together for life and joy.”

The Royal Foundation also plays a large part in the project transferring funds from the sale to the community kitchen as well as other projects. Their goal is to support the kitchen so that it may stay open seven days a week and reach more members of the community.

The cookbook will hit shelves on September 25. You can order it here.

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