The Duke of Cambridge writes foreword to The Passage’s 40th anniversary cookbook
To mark the 40th anniversary of homeless charity The Passage, The Duke of Cambridge has written the foreword to their upcoming cookbook: A Taste of Home. The book commemorates four decades of charitable work and all profits will go directly towards supporting people who are street homeless.
Established in 1980, The Passage is the UK’s largest resource centre for homeless and insecurely housed people and has helped over 130,000 people in crisis through its resource centre, homelessness prevention projects and two innovative accommodation services.
His Royal Highness has been Patron of The Passage since 2019 and first visited as a child in 1993 with his mother Diana, Princess of Wales.
In addition to recipes from over 100 well-known individuals, the book contains stories and recipes from people who have been helped by the charity’s services over the years, shining a light on the challenges that they have been able to overcome with the right guidance, opportunities and resources. A recipe for spaghetti bolognaise from chef Nour Dakoba that The Duke helped make during a visit to The Passage last year is also included.
The book has been compiled by Passage volunteer and former publisher Kyle Cathie and will be published on 15 October 2020. It can also be pre-ordered here.
Foreword to A Taste of Home by HRH The Duke of Cambridge, 2020
I am the first one to admit that I am not an excellent chef. The last time I was allowed into the kitchens at The Passage they very sensibly kept me in the role of sous-chef (aka carrot-chopper). On that occasion I ‘made’ a spaghetti bolognaise (recipe on page 101). The dish smelt amazing – probably because I didn’t cook it. But what struck me most was how sharing a hot meal in the canteen at The Passage makes people who are experiencing homelessness feel right at home.
Having a place to call home is precious. All of us will have felt the strain of staying in our homes during the Coronavirus lockdown. But for those without a place to call home, the pandemic has been even more frightening.
Thankfully The Passage made sure there was a route off the streets and into safety. Staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly on the frontline, looking after the most vulnerable in society. At the peak of the crisis, they established a mobile Food Hub, providing hot, nutritious meals every day for over 300 people.
One of the things I will remember from this difficult year is the amazing community spirit and care for the vulnerable shown by our nation. A Taste of Home is a celebration of that wonderful spirit. It also marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of The Passage, in a year which has turned out to be one of the most pivotal in their history.
I hope that every time you use this special book you are reminded of that spirit; exemplified in The Passage’s ongoing work helping those who are street homeless to find a home for good.
HRH The Duke of Cambridge, 2020
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Pre-order A Taste of Home here.