Each Sunday, the FWF team selects the most inspiring, enlightening, and fascinating stories from the previous week. Spend your day of rest reading some exceptional food journalism.

Anthony Bourdain Talks Travel, Food, and War [via Blogs of War]

In over a decade of circling the globe, Anthony Bourdain “has seen the best and worst that humanity has to offer and he has seen it in more places than the vast majority of us could ever hope to visit,” writes John Little. Bourdain discusses how his time in Beirut (during the 2006 war) was a personal crossroads which led to his desire to tell more complicated stories about politics, religion, and conflict.—Erin Mosbaugh

How the Paleolithic Life Style Got Trendy [via The New Yorker]

Writer Elizabeth Kolbert puts her family on a Paleolithic diet for a week and talks to various Paleo enthusiasts. Their argument? The Paleo diet may look like a food fad, but it’s really just the reverse. One thing is certain: From an environmental standpoint, the meat-heavy Paleo diet is a disaster.—Erin Mosbaugh

Welcome to the World’s Most Elite Dining Club [via The Telegraph]

The personal chefs of the world’s most powerful politicians have their own secretive society that meets annually. The 21-member group gathered in London last weekend; it included the chefs for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Albert II of Monaco, as well as those who cook for the presidents of France, Austria, Italy, and Poland. Vladimir Putin’s personal chef was absent from proceedings (wonder why). Queen Elizabeth’s head chef Mark Flanagan recaps mid-event: “We had fish and chips today and we are also going to see how Stilton is made, and everyone is going to have a go at making Melton Mowbray pies.”—Erin Mosbaugh

Letters to a Young Bartender [via Yahoo Food]

At this year’s Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, bar director Jackson Cannon shared a letter he wrote to his younger self, filled with things he wishes he’d known when he first starting working behind the bar. Most of the advice is relevant to anyone, no matter what line of work you’re in.—Chris Schonberger

How the Weird Art of Food Photography Went Mainstream [via Wired]

Wired digs into a topic near and dear to our hearts: food porn. Brendan Koerner talks to Instagram power users like Adam Goldberg and Patrick Janelle to find out how pro photographers are stepping up their game at a time when anyone with an iPhone 5 in hand can snap a pretty slick burger photo.—Chris Schonberger

These people know what you’re going to want to eat before you do [via Vox]

David Sax explores the fascinating journey that food trends must take to go mainstream. The terrifying money quote: “Slowly but surely, the kale salad will make its way to TGI Friday’s menu, then McDonald’s, Kraft, and, eventually, as a Doritos flavor.”