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.

José Andrés Explores Food in Japan [via NatGeo]

I was invited to Japan by my friend and chef Nobu Matsuhisa to film a television show with him,” writes Andrés. Complete baller. The Spanish chef shares tales of the Tsukiji Market tuna auction at dawn; eating very rare (and seasonal) shinko and ayu fish; and pulling sea urchin straight from Hokkaido Bay when he went fishing with Nobu. So jealous.—Erin Mosbaugh

Food Festivals Are Revolting [via Slate]

Here’s a look at the negative culture surrounding food festivals—from crowds, to food preparation and waste, to the obliteration of rituals surrounding meals, to overconsumption. Writer Andrew Simmons keenly observes that the food festival is a place where people stuff themselves silly, but leave feeling empty inside.—Liz Barclay

The Coffee Genome Has Been Sequenced. Here’s What That Means For You. [via iO9]

Sequencing the coffee plant genome sounds like the nerdiest thing ever, and it is. But what does it mean for the stuff you’ll actually drink? This piece digs into the opportunities for genetically engineered cups of joe. For example, it’s possible to breed “highly caffeinated super-coffee,” as well as strains that have been hypercharged for flavor and aroma. Get ready for a brave new world of lattes…—Chris Schonberger

In Search of the Perfect Taco [via NYT]

It turns out that when he’s not scavenging for ants in the Danish forest, food-world illuminati kingpin Rene Redzepi likes to obsess over very non-Nordic tacos. Jeff Gordinier rides shotgun as he travels around Mexico looking to unlock the secret of the country’s complex traditional cooking. There’s a requisite Danny Bowien cameo, some great photos from the road, and even a video of the art of tortilla-making.—Chris Schonberger