Kwanzaa: Using Food and Heritage to Make Meaning
Originally posted at: http://kwanzaaculinarians.com/2012/12/08/kwanzaa-food-heritage-meaning/ Be sure to visit the site often!!! http://kwanzaaculinarians.com/
Those of us who celebrate Kwanzaa face a lot of ribbing, good natured and otherwise, often questioning the authenticity and meaning of the holiday. As they say in Nigeria, “Let dem say!” We know that Kwanzaa is an amazing opportunity to get our community engaged and informed about our connections as people of African descent around the world. For African Americans, the resurgence in an interest in genealogy has put a spotlight on what that heritage means. This Kwanzaa I encourage you to use the table to encourage that dialogue.
As a culinary historian who focuses on the roots of African American cooking, I would love to recommend a feast based on the regions from which our ancestors came. The majority of enslaved Africans brought to this country came…
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