Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Meghan Markle supports Grenfell community cookbook

Meghan Markle supports Grenfell community cookbook

Anyone else suddenly in the mood for coconut chicken curry?

Meghan is scheduled to be all-in, helping to prepare and serve the food. "United by their passion for cooking as a way of strengthening communities, The Duchess was inspired by how the project empowers women at a grassroots level, and championed the cookbook project as a way of ensuring the kitchen can continue transforming lives and communities through cooking". "The Duchess will view exhibits from regions including New Zealand, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and Australia, which she and The Duke of Sussex will visit in October", the palace tweeted of the appearance.

A cookbook is an apt charity project for Meghan: food and cooking are mostly non-controversial topics for royals, and Meghan is a known lover of both, judging from her social media activity prior to marrying Harry in May.

This will be Meghan Markle's first solo project as the Duchess of Sussex as she now helps the women of the families affected by the fire to put together a cookbook called Together: Our Community Cookbook.

The Duchess of Sussex was hands-on in a community kitchen in West London, located near the Grenfell Tower fire that killed 72 people - Britain's deadliest fire since World War II. 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.

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The kitchen originally provided a place for the women to cook fresh food for their families and neighbours, who were living out of hotel rooms after the fire, but more than a year later it has also become a support network.

So during the month of January when Markle was settling in her new house, she made regular private visits to the kitchens and felt united by the passion for cooking as a way of strengthening communities. The initiative not only shows just how much good the community kitchen provides but it also showcases Meghan embracing the diversity of the women, their food and their cultures.

The duchess wrote that the community kitchen "is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together" and "creates a space to feel a sense of normalcy".

The community will need to sell about 50,000 copies of the cookbook to keep the kitchen open seven days a week.

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