Meghan’s Grenfell charity cookbook raises £370,000 in just two months

Meghan’s Grenfell charity cookbook raises £370,000 in just two months to help those affected by the blaze

  • £9.99 recipe book has sold 38,811 copies since it was published two months ago
  • Sales of Together: Our Community Cookbook contains 50 kitchen favourites  
  • Meghan picked recipes created by women from the Grenfell community

The Duchess of Sussex’s Grenfell charity cookbook is well on its way to becoming a Christmas best-seller.

The £9.99 collection of recipes has sold 38,811 copies since it was published two months ago.

Sales of Together: Our Community Cookbook, which contains 50 kitchen favourites from women from the Grenfell community, total £372,374, according to figures obtained by data analyst Nielsen.

Meghan at The Hubb Community Kitchen earlier this week, where cooks cater for families made homeless by the Grenfell fire

It is Meghan’s first solo project since joining the Royal Family.

The duchess, 37, came up with the idea for a book in aid of those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy, which killed 72 people, after secretly visiting the Al Manaar Muslim cultural heritage centre. She made a series of trips to meet survivors of the inferno joined by a protection officer and another aide, but without Prince Harry.

Her private missions echo those of Princess Diana, who would leave Kensington Palace at night to speak to the homeless and visit shelters.

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Meghan met women from The Hubb Community Kitchen who were using recipes passed down through generations to cater for families made homeless by the fire. It was this which gave her the inspiration for the book.

She talked to a number of projects but is understood to have developed a particular bond with the women as she felt she could do something tangible to help.

Meghan ‘got stuck in straight away’, working at the community kitchen and helping create the book, which is supported by The Royal Foundation and published by Penguin Random House.

Meghan, whose first baby with Prince Harry is due in the spring, holds her bump today as she talks to the chefs

Of her first visit, she said: ‘An apron was quickly wrapped around me, I pushed up my sleeves, and I found myself washing the rice for lunch.’ In the foreword to the book, she wrote: ‘I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen; it is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together.’

Sales of the cookbook, which reached number one on the Amazon chart within hours of its publication, have been so impressive that they have dwarfed television chef Gino D’Acampo’s latest publication, Gino’s Italian Adriatic Escape, which has shifted 6,235 copies since its release in October.

The money from the community cookbook has helped transform the facility, which is based in north Kensington, with a redesigned and refitted kitchen. It now opens seven days a week instead of only two as previously.

Meghan, who is expecting her first child with Prince Harry, has continued to visit the kitchen and earlier this week helped the women prepare fresh meals.

Pictures showed her chatting and laughing with the women, who now cook 200 meals a day to deliver to places such as homeless shelters and women’s refuges.

They are also planning outreach projects from the kitchen. 

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