'Rice and Rocks' Uses Dinnertime Tradition to Celebrate Culture

When Sandra L. Richards was growing up, Sunday’s usually meant a dinner of stew chicken or curried goat, plantains and rice and peas in her Jamaican-American household.

Besides yearly visits to the island, Richards says music, storytelling and of course food were the ways in which her parents kept her and her six siblings connected to their heritage.

“It was important to me because I saw how important it was to my mom and dad that we understood where we came from and we didn’t lose it,” Richards told NBCBLK.

Years later, those family food traditions are being celebrated in “Rice and Rocks”, Richards debut children’s book. However, the first-time author says it isn’t just the traditions that inspired the story, but the uncanny response her nephew Giovanni had to one of them.

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