Kwanzaa Culinarians

Recipes and Food Stories from the African Diaspora

Out of Our Past

“We begin with history” – Dr. Nikky Finney, Nation al Book Awards opening line from her 2011 Acceptance Speech In preparing for this year’s Kwanzaa Culinarians, I reread some of … Continue reading

December 29, 2014

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

An Ode to Carver and a Chance to Win a Prize from Peanut Butter and Co.

Written by┬áTherese Nelson is the Founder of Black Culinary History┬áBlackCulinaryHistory.com I have to admit that I have a huge historical crush on George Washington Carver. I love the spirit he … Continue reading

December 10, 2011 · 8 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.