In her first solo project as a member of the royal family, Meghan Markle has launched her support for Together: Our Community Cookbook, a cookbook supporting the Hubb Community Kitchen and local community members affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. The Duchess of Sussex penned a heartfelt foreword for the book, in which she praises the space for:
“… providing comfort in [its] simplest form, the universal need to connect, nurture, and commune through food, through crisis or joy.”
You can read the full foreword penned by Meghan (which reads incredibly closely to her work on the Tig, which was a delightful throwback) by, clicking here.
The cookbook was written by the community members who gather at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre in West London. The neighborhood was gravely affected last year by the tragic Grenfell Tower fire. In January 2018, Meghan Markle began making private visits to the community centre and its Hubb Community Kitchen to meet with the local women and hear their stories. During their meetings, Meghan asked why the communal kitchen, which Meghan was particularly fond of, was not open 7-days a week. The short answer – funding – inspired Meghan to propose the cookbook idea. The Duchess of Sussex connected the women with an agent and publisher. 50 women shared their family recipes, and a cookbook was born.
Proceeds from the cookbook will go directly to the Hubb Community Kitchen, allowing the space to be open 7-days a week. The cookbook needs to sell 50,000 copies to reach this goal, which is why the Duchess’ support is so important. This project, her first project as a royal, reflects Meghan Markle’s passion for diversity and culture within a community. Community kitchens are a long-standing passion and focus for Meghan in her charity work – she volunteered in an LA soup kitchen as a teenager and, more recently, offered her time while filming Suits to a Toronto soup kitchen.
Throughout the book, we see Meghan Markle on her many visits to the Hubb Community Kitchen. She could often be found, hair tied, sleeves rolled up, helping cook or prepare foods in the kitchen, and then sharing those meals with the women whose recipes comprise this cookbook. In the few photographs of the Duchess that are featured in the cookbook, we catch a rare glimpse of Meghan in her casual, comfortable, everyday style.
Casual favourites like jeans and her favorite shirts, which she owns in multiple colors. A delicate necklace. A cozy pullover sweater. We also see her fearlessness in the kitchen, as she mixes and stirs green and red dishes without fear of stains. These photographs seem like an intimate reflection of her true style – in the kitchen, comfortable and casual, just like any other woman in London. We loved seeing Meghan’s down-to-earth casual style, featuring easy button-down shirts, jeans, and her favorite simple pieces of jewelry. Here are all of the pieces Meghan wore throughout the cookbook:
If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of the cookbook, it is available for pre-order on Amazon (where it remains the #1 best-seller!). It will be released September 20th in the UK and on September 25th in the United States & Canada.