Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, recently learned about a quiet but flavorful community kitchen in West London’s Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre. It was love at first sight! Meghan, who mostly follows a disciplined clean eating diet, has been very candid about her interest in all things culinary. She felt an instant connection to the community kitchen, which is run by women who were affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster in 2017.
“It is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together,” Meghan says.
Why Meghan loves this kitchen’s mission
The gathering place was renamed the Hubb Community Kitchen, a nod to the Arabic word for love. It only makes sense, because at Hubb, food is love! The women prepare treasured family recipes and serve food to a growing number of visitors, fostering a sense of belonging and comfort.
Meghan decided to make a series of regular visits to share her love for food and fellowship. She even put on an apron and rolled up her sleeves, working alongside the women who started Hubb Community Kitchen. The Duchess of Sussex chops, sautés and serves internationally inspired recipes with European, Middle Eastern, North African and Mediterranean influence!
(Shake up next week’s menu with a recipe inspired by Middle Eastern flavors—this slow-cooked Moroccan chicken is easy and delicious.)
What she hopes the cookbook will accomplish
When Meghan discovered that Hubb Community Kitchen could only afford to operate twice weekly due to funding, she suggested a charity cookbook. In her first solo project since becoming a royal, Meghan has willed that vision into reality!
On September 25th, Together: Our Community Cookbook will hit booksellers, complete with a heartfelt foreword from Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex; it’s filled with more than 50 recipes from the women who cook at Hubb Community Kitchen.
Reflecting on her experience with the people who inspired the book, Meghan writes in the foreword, “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.”
Proceeds raised from the book will be distributed by The Royal Foundation to expand operating hours to seven days a week, and to make the services of Hubb Community Kitchen more widely available. That makes us so happy—one more reason to love Meghan Markle!