Merrily stewing away on my stove is a pot of Chicken Kédjénou, a West African (specifically, from Côte d'Ivoire) dish that's basically a chicken stew with red wine and a bouillon cube as the liquid. I got the idea to make it and the directions from . . . a graphic novel. To be fair, both of the Aya books have extensive cultural notes in the back -- in addition to Chicken Kédjénou, the second book also tells you how to bundle your baby onto your back, African style, and has a little essay about how Ivorian families care for a new mother. I guess I'll just have to see if the Chicken Kédjénou is really good enough to seduce a girl from Paris . . .