Kwanzaa Culinarians

Recipes and Food Stories from the African Diaspora

My First Time Celebrating Kwanzaa. An Umoja Experience.

A foodie colleague told me the other day she didn’t know “what the hell Kwanzaa is.” Admittedly, I was stunned. Not at the fact that this national and cultural holiday … Continue reading

December 15, 2011 · 2 Comments

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

A Gift of Tea for Kids

Many people look at the New Year as a time for reflection; I choose to do this in celebration of Kwanzaa. Time for me to take a look at Spiritual … Continue reading

December 8, 2011 · 3 Comments

Bryant Terry and An Inspirational Giveaway

There’s vegan soul food we pretend taste good. Then, there’s vegan soul food that actually does taste good, because it’s cooked with soul…from the earth… from the heart. That’s Bryant … Continue reading

December 6, 2011 · 10 Comments

Kujichagulia: Honoring Potlikker to Reclaim Traditional Foodways and Ourselves

Kujichagulia: Self-Determination, Speaking for yourself and making choices that benefit the community At the farmers market, it’s not unusual for a customer to pick up a vegetable and ask, “What … Continue reading

December 4, 2011 · 1 Comment

My First Kwanzaa

Written by Walker Tisdale III of HealthyBlackMen.org, the Number One Source for Healthy Black Men I recall my very first Kwanzaa celebration and ironically it was as an undergraduate student … Continue reading

December 2, 2011

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

Imani: Roasted Corn, Goat Cheese, Vegan Chorizo Empanadas

Imani: “Faith,” Believing that a better world can be created for communities now and in the future. I don’t believe in T.M.I. (too much information). Not when it comes to … Continue reading

January 1, 2011 · 1 Comment

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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.