After rumors surrounding the relaunch of her lifestyle blog, The Tig, news has surfaced that the Duchess of Sussex has contributed her famous lemon olive oil cake recipe to a new cookbook from renowned chef José Andrés.
Earlier this week, Penguin Random House announced that the Spanish chef together with his nonprofit World Central Kitchen is set to release its first-ever cookbook. The volume will feature recipes from famous faces including Michelle Obama, Ayesha Curry, and of course Meghan Markle. ‘The World Central Kitchen Cookbook: Feeding Humanity, Feeding Hope‘ will be released in September 2023, and all sale proceeds will be contributed towards disaster relief efforts.
In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth, WCK worked with Archewell, the non-profit created by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, to provide meals & share a message of appreciation & support in Chicago. Dessert was a lemon olive oil cake baked by The Duchess—with lemons 🍋 from her garden! pic.twitter.com/vnyXV9sOnh
— World Central Kitchen (@WCKitchen) March 26, 2021
The Duchess first shared this recipe with the public in March 2021 when The Archwell Foundation – run by her and Prince Harry – collaborated with World Central Kitchen and a group of female restaurateurs in Chicago to provide meals during the pandemic. At the time the Duchess had used lemons from her own backyard to bake the citrus treat. The Archwell Foundation in a post celebrating the inclusion of this recipe in Andrés’ book also released part of a letter that Markle had included with her cakes: “Sometimes we overlook how much it matters to express thanks and show appreciation. Perhaps we realize now more than ever that fundamental human moments, like enjoying a meal together, fill us up with more than just food (even if that food is delicious!). To that point, we hope you enjoy the offering we baked for you—a small token of thanks, from our home to yours. Our hope with this effort is to show that, when we all participate, even the smallest actions can have a ripple effect. Even individual actions can impact the whole of us.”
Although many are taking the release of this recipe as a sign that the Duchess is really going to return to her role as a lifestyle influencer, it is imperative to remember that both Markle and Prince Harry regularly contribute towards charitable causes. According to an impact report released earlier this year by The Archwell Foundation, the charity has donated three million dollars to causes such as vaccine equity, aiding refugees from Ukraine and Afghanistan, and food insecurity.
A quote from José Andérs in the impact report highlights this charitable spirit “in a world where everyone has an opinion about people they don’t know, the Duke and Duchess have compassion for the people they don’t know. They don’t just opine. They run toward the struggle.”