The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, formerly known as suits sweetheart, Rachel, has been secretly making visits to the kitchen of our favorite local masjid here in London, Al-Manar. In a touching video, the new royal illustrates how some women, mostly Muslim women, from the west London community, gathered together in the Kitchen of the mosque and found the “healing power of sharing food”.
Markle said, “Together is a cookbook but it is also a story of a west London community who gathered together in a mosque kitchen and discovered the healing power of sharing food. In January 2018 as I was settling into my new home in London I met a group of women whose community had been affected by the Grenfell fire, they had decided to come together to cook fresh food for their families and their neighbours at the mosque and their homes…so for two days every week these women were able to cook and share their delicious recipes together…I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen like these women, I’m passionate about food and cooking, as a way of strengthening communities…So I am proud to be supporting this cookbook together which features delicious recipes of the women of the Hubb community kitchen…The proceeds will allow the kitchen to stay open and to thrive so it can continue transforming lives and communities through cooking…We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.”
The community members reflect on the kitchen becoming a huge source of comfort as it became a facility to enable them to cook fresh food for their families. One community member shared, “we’ve called the kitchen the Hubb community kitchen because in Arabic Hubb means Love and we share love,” another reflected, “we are like one family now sharing food happiness sadness everything”. Others told 5 news, “We sit together eat together enjoy together…never where are you from, which colour you are, which language you talk.. which is something amazing.” Food became a central source of comfort for the families, as women were able o help heal through the power of cooking, “I think food can bring back memories, I think it can bring back childhood comfort”, whilst others enjoy the kinship and sisterhood it brought, “together is a celebration of the food, whereby we share we laugh we enjoy we eat, we definitely eat!”
Markle stated,“I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen; it is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together.”
What a fantastic and innovative way to help empower the community in west London to find sustenance for their families through a healing process of beautiful foods. The book will feature 50 recipes from women whose families were impacted by the fire.
The Duchess said in a powerful forward in the book, “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.”
Although the Duchess has given her public backing for the book which is set to launch and release today, available worldwide for £9.99. We cannot help but feel a tremendous feeling of warmth for the women of the west London community that have taken their loss and suffering and created hope and beauty through the most unifying language of food. To see the new member of the royal family acknowledge the Grenfell community and impact change is a welcomed step from the new royal. More than this, the cookbook “has shot to the top of the Amazon bestseller list, knocking JK Rowling and Jamie Oliver out of the running – amazingly before it has even been released.” Allah’s tremendous love and baraka for these women, has touched all corners of the earth reminding us of the hadith,
The Messenger of Allah, (ﷺ) said: “When Allah loves a slave, He calls Jibril (Gabriel) and says: ‘I love so-and-so; so love him.’ And then Jibril loves him. Then he (Jibril) announces in the heavens saying: Allah loves so-and-so; so love him; then the inhabitants of the heavens (the angels) also love him, and then people on earth love him.” (Muslim & Bukhari)
At Amaliah we can’t wait to have a read, and try out all the recipes. Tell us what you think of this wonderful cookbook!
Meghan Markle has been making secret visits to a Grenfell community kitchen since January – today, she’s supporting a cookbook to help raise money for it.
In a video filmed by Kensington Palace, the Duchess of Sussex is shown cooking meals alongside members of the community. pic.twitter.com/f0n5KoS1go
— Channel 5 News (@5_News) September 17, 2018
VIDEO of #MeghanMarkle the #DuchessofSussex working with women gathering in the kitchen at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre where they prepared fresh food in the aftermath of Grenfell Fire The women with The Duchess help created Together Our Community Cookbook pic.twitter.com/Oc0oOp3T7I
— Carolyn Durand (@CarolynDurand) September 17, 2018
Meghan Markle has helped to get a cookbook published which will raise money for a community kitchen feeding those who lost everything in the Grenfell Tower fire last year. https://t.co/DIUdehXqhk
— Twitter Moments UK & Ireland (@UKMoments) September 17, 2018
— Grenfell United (@GrenfellUnited) September 17, 2018
Preordered mine, looks amazing. Well done all! ????
— Celeste SPT (@Celeste_SPT) September 17, 2018
How much and where can I get? Not online though.
Would make great Christmas prezzies.
— Heed Lass (@heed_lass) September 18, 2018
Is the press invited to the Duchess Meghan’s launch of the Together Cookbook or is it a private event ? Because I want pics. ???? And I want to see the pride look on Harry’s face. ???????? #CookTogether #KensingtonPalace
— S. (@Perditamente) September 20, 2018
We've Got The Scoop On Meghan Markle's New Cookbook — And We're Sharing A (Vegan!) Recipe https://t.co/lmJAaXCc14
— Michelle Smith (@TeeMichelle57) September 20, 2018
The Duchess of Sussex, the former Meghan Markle, played a blinder with her cookbook. Who has ever launched a cookbook from a palace? Which other Royal has washed rice and ate with commoners away from an official function? Which cookbook has ever hit to best sellers list worldwide
— Stanga (@Pork_Nocker) September 20, 2018
Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, is Supporting the Release of a Charity Cookbook as Her First Royal Project. @KensingtonRoyal. @BlackHAIRSalons @BlackBarbershop https://t.co/6uq9mvXfpj pic.twitter.com/aTQgz8O2Y5
— black hair salons (@blackhairsalons) September 20, 2018
his warmed my heart today – the power of women and the joy of cooking; a perfect match ⚡️ “Meghan Markle's first solo charity project is a cookbook for Grenfell”https://t.co/YEzHgAMJjc
— Dinah Graham (@DinahGraham) September 20, 2018
Tomorrow, The Duchess of Sussex will host a celebratory event at Kensington Palace to mark the launch of Grenfell cookbook 'Together'. Prince Harry will join her. pic.twitter.com/00Cnvwa0RI
— Mad About Meghan (@MadAboutMeghan) September 19, 2018