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From Ideas for Entertaining From the African-American Kitchen.

At the home of Austin author Angela Shelf Medearis, the Christmas gifts have barely been put away when yet another celebration begins: the African American holiday of Kwanzaa.

Created in 1966 to honor harvest-feast traditions, Kwanzaa lasts seven days and brings families and friends together for a dinner on December 31. Medearis’ chicken-and-vegetable couscous—one of nearly 150 easy recipes in the new, paperback edition of her popular cookbook, Ideas for Entertaining From the African-American Kitchen —brims with savory aromas and flavors. “The spices are West African,” she says, “though it has some northern ingredients too—and the best thing is that it looks great on a buffet table.”

Try this recipe for West African Couscous from Ideas for Entertaining From the African-American Kitchen .

From Ideas for Entertaining From the African-American Kitchen , by Angela Shelf Medearis. Copyright © by Angela Shelf Medearis 1997. Published by Dutton Plume, a division of Penguin Putnam, Inc.

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