The Earth has a circumference of roughly 25,000 miles. And yet, my first three endeavors in cooking around the world kept me within 3,000 miles. So really, at this point, it’s more like cooking around southwest Asia and north Africa. Oh well. For the letter C, I drew Chad. Officially formed as a country in 1960, Chad is pretty much smack dab in the middle of northern Africa. Prior to gaining its independence, Chad was a French colony. Given my French ancestry, a large part of me hoped that a strong influence of French cooking would still be present in Chadian cuisine. I had no such luck.