Meghan Markle teams up with Spanish chef for 'captivating' new project alongside Michelle Obama

Meghan has been working on a new and exciting project

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Meghan Markle is one of a number of celebrities, including Michelle Obama, confirmed to be contributing to Spanish Chef Jose Andres' new charity project The World Central Kitchen Cookbook. 

Meghan Markle is among a number of celebrities, including Michelle Obama, confirmed to be contributing to the charity project, The World Central Kitchen Cookbook.

Meghan’s contribution to the book, which will be released on September 12, was confirmed in a post on her and Prince Harry's Archewell website. The post shared, "This weekend, longtime friend and partner of The Archewell Foundation, Chef Jose Andres announced the upcoming release of The World Central Kitchen Cookbook: Feeding Humanity, Feeding Hope."

"The cookbook is a captivating collection of stories and recipes from renowned chefs, local cooks, and friends of the global nonprofit, which feeds communities impacted by natural disasters and humanitarian crises."

All author proceeds will support WCK’s emergency response efforts, and Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex is said to be "proud to have contributed a recipe."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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The cookbook's author, Chef Jose Andres, and the Sussexes have collaborated on charity projects before, with the chef speaking highly of the couple who he says he considers his friends. Speaking to People previously, he shared, “I love them…. For me, it is a pleasure to call them friends. All my life I have been trying to learn what exactly we are missing because why is there still hunger? What are we missing?" 

"We have to make the most of the opportunities of goodness, and I believe that with people like Meghan and Harry, we can make it happen."

Meghan is said to have contributed a recipe for a delicious-sounding lemon olive oil cake, a treat she has shared with the world before but whose recipe has, until now, been kept under wraps. Meghan baked the cake as a thank-you to a group of female restaurateurs who partnered with World Central Kitchen to provide meals to their community during the pandemic. She is said to have used lemons from her own garden to give the cake a special touch, sending it to the group as a thoughtful gift.

This is not the first time Meghan has been involved with a cooking-related charity project and has previously described herself as "someone who not only loves but also appreciates the art and skill that goes into making good food," in a post on her now defunct lifestyle blog The Tig.

Previously, Meghan worked with The Hubb Community Kitchen on the charity cookbook, Together: Our Community Cookbook. The group was formed by women who lost their homes in the tragic Grenfell Tower fire back in 2017.  The Duchess did not share any recipes in the book, instead contributing a foreword for the collection of 50 recipes sourced from the west London community.

Meghan Markle

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The news of Meghan's current cookbook project has only worked to fuel the rumors that she is planning to revive her lifestyle blog. The theory was first sparked when the Duchess' team filed a patent earlier this year so she could keep the rights to her blog name The Tig. 

Meghan regularly shared recipes on The Tig before it was taken down in 2017 after her engagement to Prince Harry.

Charlie Elizabeth Culverhouse
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Charlie Elizabeth Culverhouse is royal news and entertainment writer. She began her freelance journalism career after graduating from Nottingham Trent University with an MA in Magazine Journalism, receiving an NCTJ diploma, and earning a First Class BA (Hons) in Journalism at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute. She has also worked with Good To, BBC Good Food and The Independent.