A Kwanzaa Keepsake: Celebrating the Holiday
with New Traditions & Feasts: (Click Title to order)
Jessica B. Harris (Click author name for more titles)
Hardcover / Pub. Price: $22.00 AALBC Price: $15.40 -- You Save $6.60 (30%)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Trade Format: Hardcover Publication Date: August 1995
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Review by BookList
Harris presents another collection of ethnic dishes for celebrating Kwanzaa. The name of this African American celebration is rooted in the Swahili word "kwanza", which means "first." From its inception more than 30 years ago, African Americans have affirmed their ethnic dignity by participating in Kwanzaa. Harris begins by defining the heritage and importance of the celebration with focus on the "Nguzo Sabo" (seven principles): "Umoja" (unity), "Kujichagula" (self-determination), "Ujima" (collective work and responsibility), "Ujamaa" (cooperative economics), "Nia" (purpose), "Kuumba" (creativity), and "Imani" (faith). More than 50 recipes are included in menus that provide themes reflecting the principles of each day of the celebration; and for each day, ceremonies are discussed. This cookbook is indeed a keepsake, for space is provided to record family history, memories, and recipes for sharing old traditions and creating new ones.