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Our favorite food stories from the week

The food stories we devoured this week are all over the map: We ogled over Parisian restaurants and Wylie Dufresne's home kitchen, took some history lessons on the rise of Chinese food in America and the invention of the microwave, and considered how media can impact the future of food.

Here are seven of our favorite reads from the week.

It's a rare restaurant review that evokes such powerful cravings that it compels one to search for flights to the restaurant's city. David Lebovitz's review of La Bourse et La Vie will have you searching for tickets to Paris in an instant.

If you need further motivation, the New York Times T Magazine's article, "The New Nouvelle Cuisine," will do the job for you. "The Parisian food world is finally starting to reflect the true spirit of the city as it's been for years: a place that is gloriously, unabashedly pluraliste."

Closer to home, Eater gets a look inside chef Wylie Dufresne's kitchen, which will inspire all kinds of envy.

NPR dives deep into the "Lo Mein Loophole" in "How U.S. Immigration Law Fueled a Chinese Restaurant Boom."

Popular Mechanics tells us about the accidental invention of the microwave. Lesson number one: "Never underestimate the power of snacks and serendipity."

And speaking of convenience culture, the New York Times T Magazine surveys the state of the midday meal for working Americans. Spoiler: "Some 62 percent of professionals say they typically eat lunch at their desks."

In Lucky Peach, Rachel Khong's interview with chef Edouardo Jordan tells the untold story of "Being Black in the Kitchen." After cooking for about 11 years, Jordan says he's worked with "about five black chefs."

Finally, Sam Sifton speaks with Edible Manhattan about the food media's role in the future of food. Sifton says, "Our responsibility is as always, in food journalism as in conflict journalism, to bear witness and to tell our readers what's actually happening in the world that we cover."