The Duchess of Sussex is supporting her first solo charity project as a Patron of The Royal Foundation: a new charity cookbook, ‘Together’, celebrating the power of cooking to bring communities together. Her Royal Highness has written the foreword for ‘Together’, which features the women’s own personal recipes from across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean.
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.
Together is a charity cookbook, celebrating the power of cooking to strengthen communities. Supported by The Royal Foundation and published by Penguin Random House companies, ‘Together: Our Community Cookbook’ showcases over 50 recipes from these women whose community was affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
In summer 2017, a group of women gathered in a communal kitchen at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre in West London, where they could prepare fresh food for their families, friends and neighbours. As they cooked together and shared recipes, as a community they began to connect, heal and look forward. Word spread and more women joined in – this was the start of the Hubb Community Kitchen. Soon there were women from different cultures cooking, swapping recipes, talking and laughing. As they cooked, they began to connect, heal and look forward, and they have continued to cook together twice a week. They named their group the Hubb Community Kitchen as Hubb means ‘love’ in Arabic. The women of the Hubb Community Kitchen describe it as a place of good food, love, support and friendship.
Profits from the sales of Together will support the Hubb Community Kitchen, helping to keep it open for up to seven days a week and to widen its reach to others in the community, so it can continue changing lives and bringing people together through cooking.