Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

The Duchess of Sussex launches cookbook to support Grenfell families

The Duchess of Sussex launches cookbook to support Grenfell families

The former Suits star is sure to ace this next royal milestone, having seamlessly undertaken her first solo project as a member of the Royal Foundation, a attractive charity cookbook, plus her first solo outing with the Queen and her first overseas trip to Dublin.

The Duchess of Sussex wrote: "I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen; it is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together".

In January 2018, Meghan Markle visited the community kitchen known as the Hubb Community Kitchen and that was when she chose to put together a book with recipes of these women.

Meghan Markle has written the foreword to the new book produced by cooks from the Hubb Community Kitchen, an initiative based near the site of Grenfell Tower in West London. When one of them mentioned that money issues meant they could only use the communal spot twice a week, she suggested they stage a fundraiser using their knowledge of Middle Eastern, North African and Eastern Mediterranean cuisine. The idea is to help the kitchen stay open and thrive, to widen its reach and "keep the global spirit of community alive", Meghan said in her foreword.

Meghan has always loved immersing herself in other cultures, something she covered extensively on her now-shuttered blog The Tig.

The women chose to gather in the Al Manaar Centre in West London, and prepare fresh food for their families and neighbours, as a way of helping the community to connect, heal and look forward, and to convene through food.

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Munira Mahmud, who started the project after escaping from the fire, said: "Last summer, we were placed in a hotel and I had no kitchen to cook for my family".

They gathered together some favourite recipes in the book, with the proceeds helping to continue the work of the Hubb in supporting Grenfell families and others in the community.

Meghan will be releasing a cookbook to raise funds for the families affected by the Grenfell fire.

Meghan will help prepare and serve the food at the book's launch party.

The book - published by Penguin Random House - showcases more 50 recipes created by women affected by the tragedy, which saw 72 people lose their lives in the tower block blaze previous year.

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