Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle has spearheaded a charity cookbook for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fires in London.
The project was born last summer, when the women of Grenfell began cooking together at a communal kitchen in West London to feed their families who were living in hotel rooms without kitchens.
Two days a week, the group of women would chop, dice and sauté, sharing recipes, tips, but also stories, memories and tears at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre.
Eventually, they would give themselves a name, the “Hubb Community Kitchen”. Hubb in Arabic means love.
Markle became a regular visitor to the kitchens after first meeting the women in January of this year. Together: Our Community Cookbook is Markle’s first project as a royal through The Royal Foundation, with profits going to the Hubb group and related projects. The book is due for release on Sept 20.
The book features 50 recipes from the women of the Hubb community. They include Middle Eastern, North African, European and Eastern Mediterranean recipes like green chilli and avocado dip, coconut chicken curry, Persian chicken and aubergine masala.
“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,” Markle writes in the forward.
“Through this charitable endeavour, the proceeds will allow the kitchen to thrive and keep the global spirit of community alive. 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.”
Markle was also drawn to the project, no doubt as an avid at-home cook, who cooked often for Harry during their courtship in Toronto.
The fire that ripped through Grenfell Tower in West London last summer killed 72 people and left hundreds of residents homeless. – AFP Relaxnews