Meghan Markle’s First Solo Royal Project is to Release Cookbook Made With Muslim Women
The Duchess of Sussex has chosen a charity cookbook helping families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire as her first solo project since joining the royal family.
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
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 17, 2018
The duchess, 37, is championing Together: Our Community Cookbook, showcasing more than 50 recipes from women from the Grenfell community to celebrate the power of cooking in bringing people together.
The Hubb Community Kitchen evolved after a group of women displaced by the fire gathered in the communal kitchen at Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre in west London last summer to prepare fresh food for their families, friends and neighbours.
Munira Mahmud, 34, who started using the kitchen after being placed in a hotel after the fire, wrote, “One day the Duchess of Sussex came to see us. She came into the kitchen, very relaxed, very friendly, down to earth. She wore an apron. I can’t believe I made her wash rice! After we said that we could only use the kitchen twice a week due to funding, she mentioned: ‘How about sharing your recipes with other people?’ And that’s how it happened.”
The Duchess wrote, “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 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.”
Tennis star and Markle’s close friend Serena Williams tweeted in support and appreciation of the Duchess’ project:
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I used to call you Meghan (and I still do) but dear Duchess of Sussex your first project “Together” a cookbook bringing women of all cultures together. I could not be more excited about it and proud of you.
It’s beautiful – diversity, inclusivity, coming together in grief or joy pic.twitter.com/RkB2O35qmG
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) September 17, 2018