Portland author Joyce Kuto hosts a star-studded re-release of her bestseller, "Harambee Stories and Recipes from the African Family Circle Cookbook," Thursday, Aug. 14 at the Portland State University Smith Center Ballroom, third floor, starting at 5 p.m.
Hundreds of guests are expected for a banquet that includes special guest, The Honorable Peter N.R.O Ogego, Kenyan Ambassador to the United States.
Tickets are $30 per person, which includes a copy of the book as well as dinner, which includes dishes prepared from the new, updated cookbook.
Proceeds benefit Kuto's home community in Kenya, Chwele. Proceeds from the book's first edition built the Chwele Health Clinic, which serves an area of nearly 58,000 people with primary care and preventive services for malaria, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, family planning, respiratory and waterborne diseases. This second edition will fund an ambulance and Chwele community development.
Kuto, co-founder and vice president of Harambee Centre, Inc., was raised an orphan in western Kenya. She was the creator of the respected "Africa is Not a Country" school curriculum program.
"Harambee Stories and Recipes from the African Family Circle Cookbook" is revised in the spirit of Harambee (pronounced "har-AHM-bay") which symbolizes communities working together for global good.
In addition to capturing the life and the rich traditions of rural east Africa, Harambee brings alive the inspirational stories, including those of volunteers and recipients of how proceeds from the first edition built Chwele Health Clinic in the author's village in western Kenya.