Kwanzaa Culinarians

Recipes and Food Stories from the African Diaspora

Umoja: Sarina’s Ochro Rice

Umoja/Unity: To strive for a principled and harmonious togetherness in family, community, nation, and world.” What is unity? Is it the sharing of a single purpose, a single outlook? Is … Continue reading

December 26, 2011

Emme Ribeiro of Food Samba Celebrates Umoja

Emme Ribeiro is a chef and blogger based in Seattle, Washington. She began her website, FoodSamba.com, with a mission to inspire people to take their ordinary recipes and turn them … Continue reading

December 26, 2011 · 1 Comment

Umoja: Building a Community of Inspiration

Communities come together for various reasons: a devastating event, to raise money and a call for change. My idea for KwanzaaCulinarians.com honestly started when learning about a popular food show … Continue reading

December 26, 2011 · 2 Comments

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Learn more about Kwanzaa

The word "Kwanzaa" comes from the phrase, "matunda ya kwanza" which means "first-fruits." Kwanzaa's extra "a" evolved as a result of a particular history of the Organization Us. It was clone as an expression of African values in order to inspire the creativity of our children. In the early days of Us, there were seven children who each wanted to represent a letter of Kwanzaa. Since kwanza (first) has only six letters, we added an extra "a" to make it seven, thus creating "Kwanzaa." To learn more about Kwanzaa, visit the Official Kwanzaa Website.