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Just months after joining the royal family, Meghan Markle debuted her first solo project, and it’s special for a combining two of her passions: supporting women and cooking.
She teamed with the Hubb Community Kitchen to create a cookbook, aptly called “Together: Our Community Cookbook.” Proceeds from the cookbook will benefit the kitchen and support the comfort, food and sense of community that has brought London.
Hubb Community Kitchen was first formed after the Grenfell Tower, an apartment building in North Kensington, caught on fire on June 14, 2017. The blaze left 72 people dead and hundreds displaced from their homes. In the aftermath, Hubb Community Kitchen served as a place where women could commune to prepare fresh food for their families.
Since the fire, the kitchen, which is located at the Al-Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Center, has operated twice a week. But Markle is striving to make the community kitchen open seven days a week — and that’s how the cookbook was born.
“Together” will feature over 50 recipes from North Africa, the Middle East, the Eastern Mediterranean, and Europe, as well as a foreword written by Markle. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon, and goes on sale on Sept. 25, 2018.
Proceeds will benefit the Hubb Community Kitchen, and be administered by the Royal Foundation, which is run by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Find out more about the project in this video from The Royal Family’s official YouTube channel:
In a statement, Markle had this to say about the Hubb Community Kitchen, which is named after the Arabic word for “love”:
“I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen; it is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together. Melding cultural identities under a shared roof, it creates a space to feel a sense of normalcy — in its simplest form, the universal need to connect, nurture, and commune through food, through crisis or joy — something we can all relate to. … Through this charitable endeavor, the proceeds will allow the kitchen to thrive and keep the global spirit of community alive.”
The Duchess of Sussex is a devoted foodie and home cook, and she frequently shared recipes on a lifestyle blog she ran before becoming part of the royal family, called The Tig.
On the night she and Prince Harry got engaged, they were even roasting a chicken together.
“It was a cozy night,” Markle told the BBC. “We were roasting a chicken … it was just an amazing surprise. It was so sweet and natural and very romantic.”
Markle has also been an advocate for women’s rights since she was a little girl and raised awareness around a sexist commercial, which lead to the company changing the wording in its advertising campaign. Following her passion of supporting women, she later became the spokesperson for UN Women.
It’s no surprise that Markle’s first project is one that’s close to the heart.