Photography by Jenny Zarins
Photography by Jenny Zarins
Together is a cookbook that celebrates the power of cooking to connect us to one another.
With a foreword by HRH The Duchess of Sussex, Together showcases over 50 authentic and diverse recipes from women whose community was affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. These recipes tell the story of a group of women who gathered together in a community kitchen to cook fresh meals for their families and neighbours. Over the chatter and aromas of the kitchen, together they began to heal and look forward.
Thank you to everyone who has bought a copy of Together. Thanks to your support, 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.
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 hygiene 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. The more copies of Together that are sold, the more ambitious they can be in their plans for the future of the Kitchen.
Supported by The Duchess of Sussex and The Royal Foundation, all proceeds from the sale of this book will help the Hubb Community Kitchen to continue transforming and strengthening communities through cooking.*
We have selected four new winter recipes from Together that we hope you will enjoy cooking during the festive season. And if you like them please buy a copy of our cookbook and spread the word to help transform lives and communities through cooking.
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 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 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.
Together is their storybook, packed with delicious, simple Eastern Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and North African recipes, many of which have been handed-down through generations, honed and perfected over the years.
These are recipes that are both easily accessible for the home cook and mouth-wateringly delicious.
‘We have called this book Together not just because we have come together in our Kitchen, but because we want to spread the word that food made by a gathering of hearts is the most nourishing food of all.’ The Hubb Community Kitchen
‘Our dream is to open the kitchen seven days a week. And, as everyone who was affected by the fire settles into their new lives, we will continue to share the blessings of food made with love with everyone in the community who needs it’
The Hubb Community Kitchen
United by a shared passion for cooking as a way to bring people together, they have come together with The Duchess of Sussex to create a cookbook containing 55 family recipes that celebrate food, family and community. All proceeds from Together will help The Hubb Community Kitchen to stay open and to thrive, so it can continue transforming lives and communities through cooking.
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.
The Hubb Community Kitchen
'Thank you for your support, and happy cooking!' The Hubb Community Kitchen
*All profits from the sale of this book 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. By the end of 2018, over 130,000 copies of Together had been sold worldwide, meeting and exceeding the fundraising target of £250,000. Thanks to this, the kitchen has been renovated and furbished, so the women and local community can use the kitchen seven days a week, and have been able to start their own projects. The women have lots more exciting ideas for the kitchen and a long-term vision, so every book sold will continue to support the future of the Hubb Community Kitchen.