Duchess of Sussex launches Grenfell charity cookbook

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"Our Community Cookbook" showcases more than 50 recipes from women affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

The Kensington Palace confirmed on Monday that the duchess, a well-known foodie, has been visiting the Hubb Community Kitchen since January - months before her May wedding to Prince Harry - and "was inspired by how the project empowers women at a grassroots level".

Meghan has written the foreword to the new book produced by cooks from the Hubb Community Kitchen, an initiative based near the site of the Grenfell tower in London.

Across the pond, Markle's good friend Serena Williams was more than enthused about the Duchess' new charitable project, taking to Instagram to encourage her.

In her foreword, she said that the Hubb brought cultures together under one roof and allowed people to enjoy "the universal need to connect, nurture, and commune through food, through crisis or joy".

The June 2017 fire in a 24-storey residential block killed 71 people and left many more living in temporary accommodation.

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Meghan helped put the group in touch with a publisher and her Royal Foundation provided assistance with legal and administrative issues.

The recipes from Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and beyond reflect the diversity of the local community.

Describing the atmosphere as "cozy and brightly lit", Markle writes, "The kitchen buzzes with women of all ages; women who have lived and seen life; laughing, chatting, sharing a cup of tea and a story, while children play on the floor or are rocked to sleep in their strollers".

The proceeds from the book will support the Hubb Community Kitchen.

Funds gotten from the sale of the cookbook will help support the community kitchen.

She championed the cookbook project as a way of ensuring the kitchen could operate more regularly, and it is hoped that profits from the sales will help keep the kitchen open up to seven days a week after 72 people were killed in the Grenfell Tower tragedy in June previous year. The royal will even be joined by Prince Harry.

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