Kwanzaa Culinarians

Recipes and Food Stories from the African Diaspora

Zulu Curry Cabbage

By John Burton Jr of The Food Cravelogist Always one to fiddle around with new flavors and cuisines, I stumbled upon a mouth-watering cabbage recipe in a book entitled The African Kitchen.

December 31, 2014

Cooking Up a Heritage Connection: Me, Grandma and a Pot of Beans

By Shannon Mustipher Kuumba is one of my favorite Kwanzaa principles, because all of us have creative potential at our disposal to positively affect our situation and that of those … Continue reading

December 31, 2012 · 1 Comment

Kuumba-Inspired Roasted Sweet Potato Cake

As I begin to explore the principles of Kwanzaa as an inspiration for a recipe, I was most inspired by the principle of Kuumba. There are a few different translations, … Continue reading

December 22, 2012 · 6 Comments

Kuumba: Breakfast Candied Sweet Potatoes in Jars

The Kwanzaa Principle Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah) means Creativity. Celebration on December 31st seems quite fitting, because New Year’s Eve is when we think about what we did the past 365 days. … Continue reading

December 20, 2012 · 2 Comments

Guiding principles: Reflecting on Food, Identity and African-Diaspora Relations

Having been born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Kwanzaa is not a celebration I know much about. As I learn about the related principles and practices, I reflect on how … Continue reading

December 5, 2012 · 1 Comment

In Closing: Make Kwanzaa a Family Affair

The celebration of Kwanzaa has been an important tradition in my family for several years. In this article, I will discuss its historical development in my own family and why … Continue reading

January 1, 2012 · 1 Comment

Creative Giving for the Improving the Community

Celebrating Kwanzaa was not a ritual practiced by my family; in fact, I had no idea what Kwanzaa meant. While obtaining my degree in Africana Studies from NCSU, I learned … Continue reading

December 31, 2011

Eva Smith of Tech. Food. Life. Celebrates Kuumba

Kwanzaa is a very important celebration for our heritage. It’s an international non-religious and non-heroic holiday to bring unity into the community. Today’s Kwanzaa principle is  Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah), “Creativity.” Making the … Continue reading

December 31, 2011

Kuumba: Tips for Tastier Food & an Apple and Roasted Beet Salad

It seems creativity is an innate gift of the African diaspora. From hand made jewellery, intricate hairstyles to expressive art, and indeed food, we have been blessed with the talent … Continue reading

December 31, 2011

Kuumba Motivates Creator of “Tofu Delights”

When Washington, D.C. Chef Jawanza Zulu sees a recipe or watches a food show featuring chicken, beef, pork, duck or desserts, he imagines how the food, its flavors and textures, can … Continue reading

December 31, 2011 · 1 Comment

Kwanzaa Kuumba Bear Red and Black Velvet Cake

I feel traditions take stronger root when we are young… Twirling my hair, I envisioned a Kuumba Bear. On a checked cushion of red, black, and green, I dared to … Continue reading

December 31, 2011 · 1 Comment

Interpreting The Life In Food

Contributor Anthony Beal, is a fiction author turned food writer/blogger, and the creator of Flavorful World food and drink blog. If French cooking’s “mother sauces” and the “three sisters” of … Continue reading

December 25, 2011 · 2 Comments

What Does the Nguzo Saba Sound Like?

The seven principles of the Nguzo Saba are designed to help us reflect on community building and communal advancement. Unlike its holiday counterparts, Christmas and Hanukkah, there is no canon … Continue reading

December 22, 2011 · 4 Comments

The Gourmet Diva Shares a Sweet Potato Story

Confession: Being a Gourmet Diva, I mainly cook with fresh and whole foods these days, so don’t tell anyone I told you this. Would you ever believe there was a … Continue reading

December 19, 2011

Shop (Black) Handmade on Etsy

Written by Yetunde Taiwo Rodriguez of AfroMartha.com As we approach Christmas (and subsequently, Kwanzaa), it is easy to get lured by all the seemingly enticing deals being offered by the … Continue reading

December 5, 2011 · 4 Comments

Habari Gani?

This is the first year I’m personally honoring Kwanzaa in my household. In years past, I was invited to a friend or neighbor’s celebration. Our household’s first year of recognizing … Continue reading

November 29, 2011

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