Let's bring people together and strengthen communities through cooking
Together showcases over 50 delicious recipes from the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen, with a foreword by HRH The Duchess of Sussex.
Profits from the sales of Together will support the Hubb Community Kitchen, helping to keep it open for up to seven days a week and to widen its reach to others in the community, so it can continue changing lives and bringing people together through cooking. The Duchess is supporting the project in her role as Patron of The Royal Foundation.
About the Hubb Community Kitchen
The Hubb Community Kitchen is a group of women who have come together to prepare fresh food for their local community. After being displaced following the Grenfell tower fire, some of the local women needed a place to cook fresh food for their families. They began to use the kitchen at the Al-Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, where the women who worked there had been using the facilities to cook for the community. They all shared the kitchen for two days every week, preparing food and eating together. Word spread and more local women began to join in, embracing community and supporting their neighbours in their time of need.
Soon there were women from different cultures all cooking, swapping recipes, talking and laughing. As they cooked, they began to connect, heal and look forward, and have continued to cook together twice a week. This community of women became known as the Hubb Community Kitchen – Hubb means ‘love’ in Arabic. The women of the Hubb Community Kitchen describe it as a place of good food, love, support and friendship.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 bringing communities together, The Duchess was inspired by how the project empowers women at a grassroots level, and has championed the cookbook project as a way of ensuring the kitchen can continue transforming lives and communities through cooking.
The Hubb Community Kitchen is a group of women who came together after the Grenfell Tower fire to prepare fresh food for their local community.
After finding they had no kitchens to prepare food for their families, a number of local women began to cook fresh, home-cooked dishes in their friend’s kitchen. When the numbers grew, they approached the Al-Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre to ask if they could use the kitchen there, where the women who worked there had been using the facilities to cook for the community. They all shared the kitchen for two days every week, preparing food and eating together.
Word spread and more local women began to join in. Soon there were women from different cultures cooking, swapping recipes, talking and laughing. As they cooked, they began to connect, heal and look forward, and they have continued to cook together twice a week. They named their group the Hubb Community Kitchen as Hubb means ‘love’ in Arabic. The women of the Hubb Community Kitchen describe it as a place of good food, love, support and friendship.
If Together has inspired you, we’d love to hear about it.
Perhaps you already cook within your community, or cooking and sharing food has helped you or others through a time of adversity. Has swapping much-loved recipes has brought you closer to your neighbours and helped to celebrate diversity in your community? Or maybe you simply have a special memory of a particular dish, and what it means to you.
If, like us, you are passionate about how food can tell a story and bring people together, we would love to hear from you. Connect with us at: [email protected] #CookTogether
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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