Newest member of the royal family, Duchess of Sussex has begun her first solo project as a royal. In her first solo project, the Duchess of Sussex is supporting a new charity cookbook showcasing recipes from women whose community was affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, Kensington Palace said in a statement on Monday.
When Meghan Markle begun to settle into the royal house early this year in January, she would meet with a group of women who gathered to cook twice a week in a communal kitchen at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre.
“I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen; it is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together,” Markle, who has continued to make regular private visits to the kitchen, said in a statement.
The cookbook project is a way of ensuring that the kitchen can operate more regularly, and it is hoped that profits from the sales will help keep the kitchen open up to seven days a week.
The kitchen, a place originally designed for the women to cook fresh food for their families and neighbors, who were living out of hotel rooms after the fire, but now, a year later it has become a support network. The women refer to it as the Hubb Community Kitchen – in Arabic “hubb” meaning “love.”
“I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen; it is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together,” said the Duchess, who has written the foreword for the book.
Supported by The Royal Foundation, “Together: Our Community Cookbook” features over 50 recipes from across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean, and celebrates “the power of cooking to bring communities 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,” she said.
The Duchess, a foodie fan, would often share recipes from her kitchen on her lifestyle blog The Tig.
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