Duchess of Sussex set to show off culinary skills

Lawrence Kim
September 20, 2018

Meghan Markle hosted the lunch to mark the publication of "Together: Our Community Cookbook", which features a range of diverse recipes by women affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017.

Writing of her work with the Hubb Community Kitchen, which she first visited in January 2018, the Duchess said in the foreword of the book: "I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen; it is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together".

Of course, Meghan closed the blog when her relationship with Prince Harry became more serious, but she is still finding ways to channel her passions through charitable work as a member of the royal family.

"Your warmth and your kindness, and also to be in this city and see in this one small room how multicultural it was". That I believe is the ethos of Together, so to the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen, thank you so much for allowing me to be part of this adventure with you. Who knows, I wouldn't be surprised if you saw a Tig cookbook or travel collaboration down the road.

"I said in the foreword that this is more than a cookbook and what I mean by that is the power of food is more than just the meal itself".

"So, please, enjoy a lovely lunch and another round of an applause for the woman accompanying in the kitchen".

It turns out that the charity recipe book the Duchess of Sussex has thrown her support behind has rocketed to the top of Amazon's bestseller list on pre-orders alone.

Dishes featured in the book include coconut chicken curry, aubergine masala and caramelised plum cake.

Guests at the reception inside a tent in Kensington Palace's gardens enjoyed dishes made by the women, many of which have been handed down through generations.

Guests included members of the local community, staff from Ebury Press, which is publishing the book, members of the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, where the kitchen is based, and staff from the Royal Foundation. The Canadian label's peak-lapel coat costs $1,195 and was paired with a sleeveless black turtleneck by Tuxe and the $250 pleated Saturday Skirt designed by pal Misha Nonoo.

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