Pairings: Adapt

Tara Westover's book has sat atop recommended and bestseller lists for years. This memoir chronicles her early isolation from society by her survivalist parents and ultimate quest for higher education. She ends up traveling the globe and learning as much as she can from prestigious universities. This is a book about what it means to grow up and learn if you can ever go back home again.

A book about experiencing the world should be paired with a recipe with global flavors. If you want to go back home, however, there should be something reminiscent from your childhood. Comfort foods are a human phenomenon. Every culture has them. They usually involve heartiness and some sort of carb. This west african chicken stew brings the comforts of basic ingredients - rice, beans, chicken, and vegetables - and throws in a mix of spices and flavor. It's a bowl of comfort with a taste of travel.