For her first philanthropic endeavor as a member of the royal family, the Duchess of Sussex’s mission was ambitious: Create a cookbook with the women of a small community kitchen in London, and sell enough to turn their twice-a-week project—providing food to the surrounding area and those affected by the devastating Grenfell Tower fire—into a full-time, permanent operation.
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Duchess Meghan and the women involved in the project had every reason to celebrate today. They achieved their goal and more, selling over 71,000 copies of Together: Our Community Kitchen since its September launch and raising vital funds for the organization.
“Meghan is delighted,” a Palace aide tells BAZAAR.com. “The book has been a huge success and its immediate impact is clear to see.”
Together: Our Community Cookbook
Just 10 months after first visiting the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen, who started cooking together last summer in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, Meghan was able to celebrate the news in person when she made a surprise appearance at the Al Manaar Cultural Heritage Center on Wednesday, November 21.
With UK sales of over 39,000 copies raising more than $260,000 and U.S. sales of 32,880 (and counting!) adding to the total, Meghan and the Hubb Kitchen team took less than seven weeks to beat their target of 50,000 copies—even picking up a New York Times bestseller accolade along the way.
Dressed in a Club Monaco coat and Givenchy ankle boots, the pregnant Duchess received the first of many warm embraces when she arrived in west London, hugging center co-coordinator Zaheera Sufyaan before they walked inside together.