Rich in lore and customs, as well as 150 delectable recipes, Entertaining Ideas from the African-American Kitchen is the first book to show home cooks and entertainers how to prepare joyous, bountiful feasts for all occasions honored in the African-American community. A veteran cookbook writer and descendent of a long line of great cooks, Angela Shelf Medearis covers a year's worth of holidays and special occasions, from Emancipation Day, Juneteenth, and Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. Here, too, are her suggestions for an Afrocentric baby shower, a Rites of Passage ceremony for teenagers, and a jumping the broom wedding feast, all rounded out with pertinent information about traditional rituals and modern adaptations. Medearis provides aspiring hosts with indispensable advice on such issues as when to send invitations, scheduling preparation work, how to set a table, creative decorating ideas, and getting guests to mingle, all in an accessible and hospitable voice that assures readers that they can manage a delightful celebration, large or small, with a minimum of stress. Both a treasury of history and an immensely sensible party-planning guide, Entertaining Ideas from the African-American Kitchen is a one-of-a-kind resource, sure to be enthusiastically welcomed by cooks everywhere.