Let's bring people together and strengthen communities through cooking
In September 2018 Together was published, featuring over 50 recipes from women whose community was affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
About the Hubb Community Kitchen
Last summer, a group of women gathered in a communal kitchen at the Al Manaar community 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.
Thanks to the proceeds of Together, supported by The Royal Foundation and published by Penguin Random House companies, the Kitchen has been completely redesigned and re-fitted, with the women’s input, to capture the joyful spirit of the Hubb Community Kitchen as a place to bring the community together over food.
The new facilities provide a safe and professional space for the women to cook, gather and run activities within their community – a before and after image can be seen below.
Before Together, the kitchen was only able to open two days a week due to funding. The women are now able to use the kitchen seven days a week, and have been upskilled to gain food safety qualifications and empowered to start their own projects, which will help others in their community benefit from the kitchen.
Projects include a group offering a safe space for women affected by domestic violence, a scheme to deliver nutritious, freshly cooked meals for women on maternity wards, and a project creating healthy treats for children.
The women have a long-term vision for the Hubb Community Kitchen, and lots more ideas for how others in their community can benefit from it.
We have selected four new winter recipes from Together that we hope you will enjoy cooking during the festive season. If you like them please buy a copy of the cookbook and spread the word to help transform lives and communities through cooking.
Barley Porridge with Fruit and Nuts – Cherine Mallah
‘I love anything made with couscous, so this porridge fits the bill. And you don’t have to stand over a pan stirring on busy mornings’
Egyptian Lamb Fattah – Munira Mahmud
‘I learned how to make this dish from my husband’s mother. It’s traditional to serve it at Eid, the festival that marks the end of Ramadan’
Persian Chicken with Barberry Rice – Sanna Mirza
‘The jewelled rice gives this a sweet, mouth-watering taste. Although it takes a bit of time, it’s worth it because the end result is so spectacular’.
Rainbow Roasted Vegetables – Ahlam Saeid
‘To me the way the table looks is an important as how the food tastes. I make this dish often because it adds beautiful colour to any meal.’
Get Involved and #CookTogether
The inclusive ethos of Together has resonated all over the world, and inspired people not just to buy the book, but to cook, eat and gather in their own communities. From India to New Zealand, these women’s recipes and stories have reached kitchens around the world, and every meal cooked is helping to create connections and transform lives.
If, like us, you are passionate about how food can tell a story and bring people together, we would love to hear from you.
Profits from the sales of Together will go to The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (registered charity number: 1132048), or its wholly owned trading subsidiary, for the benefit of the Hubb Community Kitchen, helping widen its reach to others in the community, and enabling similar projects to continue transforming lives through the power of cooking.
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I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen; it is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together. 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… Through this charitable endeavour, the proceeds will allow the kitchen to thrive and keep the global spirit of community alive.
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