A Kwanzaa Celebration: Festive Recipes and Homemade Gifts from an African-American Kitchen by Angela Shelf Medearis, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
A Kwanzaa Celebration: Festive Recipes and Homemade Gifts from an African-American Kitchen

A Kwanzaa Celebration: Festive Recipes and Homemade Gifts from an African-American Kitchen

by Angela Shelf Medearis
     
 
A delicious blend of food, culture, & African-American history to make your Kwanzaa celebration warm, welcoming, & meaningful. Medearis leads us through the season, focusing on rituals & history, traditions & lore, & dishes that connect todays African-Americans to the culinary traditions of Africa, the Caribbean, South America, & the American South. Includes: a

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A delicious blend of food, culture, & African-American history to make your Kwanzaa celebration warm, welcoming, & meaningful. Medearis leads us through the season, focusing on rituals & history, traditions & lore, & dishes that connect todays African-Americans to the culinary traditions of Africa, the Caribbean, South America, & the American South. Includes: a Cooking for Company section for preparing simple, delicious meals for holiday guests & community suppers; tips on hosting & preparing a Kwanzaa Karamu Feast; inspirational text to read aloud during family or community gatherings; easy gifts to make in the kitchen; & 100 festive recipes.

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Library Journal
Because Kwanzaa, the celebration of African American heritage and culture, was established as recently as 1966, it is still in some ways an evolving holiday, and these two books provide a variety of different ways of marking the weeklong (December 26-January 1) festivities. Harris, the well-known author of The Welcome Table (LJ 12/94), includes menus for each night of the holiday, along with texts to be read, biographies of honored ancestors, ideas for homemade gifts, and a special project for each night. For example, on the third night, with its theme of collective responsibility, the project is to help fight against hunger, and Harris proposes a potluck supper to which each guest can bring an extra dish for a homeless shelter or other beneficiary. Medearis (The African-American Kitchen, LJ 8/94) offers recipes organized by course, along with separate chapters on cooking for company and bringing gifts from the kitchen. She begins with a step-by-step guide to the holiday, and succeeding chapters describe the different nights of celebration. Quotations from important African Americans serve as headnotes for many of the recipes; it's a bit disconcerting, however, to see a statement about struggle by Frederick Douglass attached to Medearis's recipe for Cheese Steaks. With its readable, informative text and thoughtful menus, Harris's book [BOMC alternate; BOMC HomeStyle Bks. alternate] is the first choice but both titles are recommended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525940708
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/01/1995
Pages:
194
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.33(h) x 0.83(d)

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