Kwanzaa Culinarians

Recipes and Food Stories from the African Diaspora

Sweet Potato and Mango Spice Cake

By Chrystal Baker of The Duo Dishes and Any and Everywhere. Chef Pierre Thiam’s new cookbook, Senegal, a detailed look into the culture and food of his homeland. The full title, … Continue reading

December 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

Kale-Aid AKA Kale Lemonade

By John Burton Jr of The Food Cravelogist When most people think about the holidays, aside from gathering with loved, food is usually what comes to mind next. Although, having the right delectable … Continue reading

December 23, 2014

Comfort Maple Rum Sweet Potato Cornbread by Grandbaby Cakes

By Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes Growing up, Umoja was the Kwanzaa principle that meant the most to me, probably because it was the one that was most widely praised or even mentioned. … Continue reading

December 19, 2014 · 2 Comments

Nia: Ready for the Call of Duty

By Ramin Ganeshram I’ve spent a lot of my adulthood trying to live a life of purpose by trying to keep close to my roots and honor the collective ancestry … Continue reading

December 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Nia: A Reflection on the Purpose Driven Life

As we prepare to enter 2013, Kwanzaa principles ask us to reflect on the past, honoring our ancestors and thanking them for their wisdom, strength, and courage. 2012 — the … Continue reading

December 30, 2012 · 2 Comments

Celebrating Nia: Past, Present, Future

Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness. Nia. Purpose. I have, for a … Continue reading

December 15, 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

Afro-Peruvians: Proud of their Roots

African people were brought to Peru as slaves by the Spanish conquistadors, and little did anyone know how strongly they were going to influence our country through the years. One … Continue reading

December 30, 2011 · 1 Comment

Kwanzaa Thoughts from Oldways

. Kwanzaa Culinarians thanks Oldways Program Manager Sarah Dwyer for this contribution. Join our Tweetchat with Oldways and The Duo Dishes on Tuesday, December 20th at 1:00 pm pst/4:00 pm … Continue reading

December 12, 2011 · 2 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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