The Black Family Reunion Celebrations, organized by The National Council of Negro Women and held in seven cities across America every summer, celebrate and preserve the values, traditions, and strengths of the African-American family. Inspired by these festivals, The Black Family Reunion Cookbook contains more than 250 recipes from home kitchens across America, seasoned with warm memories and "homemade love."
Including personal reminiscences from celebrities such as Natalie Cole, Wilma Rudolph, Patti LaBelle, and Spetman College President Johnetta Cole, this unique collection reflects the local, national, and international heritage of the Black community. It offers dishes for every occasion and every taste, from African-inspired Mustard Greens with Peanut Sauce to down-home Family Famous Chicken and Dumplings, from a traditional gumbo to sophisticated Sweet Potato Smoked Turkey Bisque, and, in honor of the council's founder, Mary McLeod Bethune, her own recipe for her celebrated Sweet Potato Pie.
The National Council of Negro Women, located in Washington, D.C., was founded in 1935 and operates in 42 states, with vital programs addressing women's special concerns. This book was developed by Libby Clark, Food Editor of The Los Angeles Sentinel; Janet Cheatham Bell, President and owner of Sabayt Publications in Chicago, Illinois; and Jessica B. Harris, a professor at Queens College, New York, and the author of several cookbooks.
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