Meghan Markle to Release Cookbook in Support of Fire Victims

The recipes focus on community and bringing people together.

By Ethan L. Johns
September 18, 2018

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Meghan Markle: former actress, current Royal and now cookbook curator.

For her first charitable undertaking as a member of the British royal family, it was announced on Monday that Markle is supporting the release of a new community cookbook, which features recipes from victims of the Grenfell Tower Fire.

Entitled Together: Our Community Cookbook, the cookbook is the culmination of a series of public and private visits by the Duchess of Sussex to the communal kitchen at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre in West London.

The kitchen became a gathering place and community center for the families affected by the blaze. It was eventually given the name “Hubb Community Kitchen” (hubb means “love” in Arabic).

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Markle’s participation includes the support of the Royal Foundation, as well as the name recognition that comes with her face on the cover. She wrote the book’s forward.

“I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen; it is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together,” said the Duchess of Sussex in a statement. “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 endeavour, the proceeds will allow the kitchen to thrive and keep the global spirit of community alive.”

It remains to be seen, however, whether the American duchess was forced to spell “endeavour” with the British “ou,” or whether she did it out of her own volition.

Proceeds from the sale of the book, which can be pre-ordered now through Amazon, will go to the Hubb Community Kitchen so that it can stay open seven days each week.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns