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Holy ravioli, a bay leaf conspiracy (!), why kitchen work is always relevant work experience, and more stories from the week.

Photo by Bobbi Lin

5 of the best things we read this week:

  • Turns out almost everything on your local grocery store's shelves—from prebagged salads to packs of chicken breasts to bottled smoothies—was put there by the Army. (Sort of.) [Vice Munchies]
  • A new cookbook of recipes sourced from members of the Pontifical Swiss Guard tells the story of how the Vatican eats. [NPR's The Salt]
  • The way mushrooms are grown is pretty magical (whether or not the mushrooms are "magic"). [Lucky Peach]
Photo by Mark Weinberg
  • What do bay leaves even do? One writer smells a conspiracy. [The Awl]
  • Don't let anyone ever tell you a kitchen job isn't relevant work experience. It's some of the best work experience you can have. [NPR's The Salt]

Did you read (or see) anything worth sharing this week? Tell us in the comments below!

Every Sunday, we round up our favorite food reads (podcasts, and videos) from the week, so you can sit back with that cup of coffee and settle in to catch up on what's happening in the world of food.

Tags: Ephemera, Lists, Weekend Reading