Duchess of Sussex takes mother to Grenfell book launch as surprise guest

Duchess of Sussex takes mother to Grenfell book launch as surprise guest

Weve Got The Scoop On Meghan Markles New Cookbook — And Were Sharing A (Vegan!) Recipe

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“I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen; it is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry, and cook together,” she writes. “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.”

Shes also an activist, whos been vocal about her intent to use her new platform as a means of advocating for those with less amplified voices. "Both my parents came from little, so they made a choice to give a lot—buying turkeys for homeless shelters at Thanksgiving, delivering meals to patients in hospice care, donating any spare change in their pocket to those asking for it, and performing quiet acts of grace—be it a hug, a smile, or a pat on the back to show ones in need that they would be all right," she wrote on her now-defunct lifestyle website The Tig. "This is what I grew up seeing, so that is what I grew up being: a young adult with a social consciousness to do what I could, and to, at the very least, speak up when I knew something was wrong."

The book features recipes from women of Hubb Community Kitchen in the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Center in West London, where they share and prepare food after being displaced by last years tragic Grenfell fire. At todays launch, theyre joining the Duchess in preparing food for some local guests.

It should come as no surprise, then, that her first major public project post-wedding is Together: Our Community Cookbook, created in conjunction with the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen to benefit victims of Londons devastating Grenfall Tower fire.

"Together is a cookbook—but its also the story of a West London community who gathered in a kitchen and discovered the healing power of sharing food," Markle explains in the official video released by Kensington Palace. "In January 2018 as I was settling into my new home of London, I met a group of women whose community had been affected by the Grenfell Fire. They had decided to get together to cook fresh food for their families and their neighbors."

After the fire, the video explains, the community kitchen was a way to bring back food to the temporary hotel room homes fire victims were staying in, where there was no ability to cook. What began as a practical solution for a problem quickly became a source of comfort and respite for the women.

Together: Our Community Cookbook amazon.com $16.99 Shop Now Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Markle has been visiting Hubb (“love” in Arabic) Community Kitchen privately since January, the Palace revealed. She also penned the foreword to the cookbook.

"And so for two days every week these women were able to cook and share their delicious recipes together," Markle says in the video. Its called Hubb Community Kitchen because, in Arabic, hubb means "love."

"I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen. Like these women, Im passionate about food and cooking as a way of strengthening communities," Markle says.

Im Megs mum said Doria Ragland as she introduced herself to the women behind the #grenfell cookbook pic.twitter.com/Bz7WKDNZrD

The cookbook, which goes on sale on September 25, was Markles idea, after one of the women noted that they only had enough funding to stay open two days a week. The book features over 50 Middle Eastern, North African, European, and Eastern Mediterranean recipes from the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen, and a portion of the proceeds from sales will help fund the venture.

Video: Meghan Markle brings mom Doria Ragland to her Grenfell cookbook launch

Were sharing one of the healthiest recipes in the cookbook, a beautiful vegan eggplant masala developed by Gurmit Kaur, one of the Hubb Community members. "It was 1976 and our mother was teaching me and my teenage sisters to cook—passing on her recipes," she writes. "I was the best at making eggplant masala, so she allowed me to call it my signature dish—Ive made it ever since. Back home in Uganda, I run a restaurant where I serve this along with other local dishes. When Im in London helping my daughter Munira with my grandchildren, I make it for them and for the women at the Community Kitchen."

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