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.
I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen; it is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together.
The Duchess of Sussex
The Duchess of Sussex first visited the kitchen in January 2018 and has continued to make regular private visits. 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.
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.
The Duchess of Sussex, on the Hubb Community Kitchen
The Royal Foundation is administering the transfer of funds from the sale of 'Together' to the Hubb Community Kitchen and related projects.
Profits from the sales of 'Together' will help keep the kitchen open for up to seven days a week and to widen its reach to others in the community.