Miso Beyond Soup; Sietsema’s Ten Best East Village Restaurants

• Mark Bittman urges us not to limit miso to soup; thanks to its incredible umami qualities, it makes a great seasoning, butter, or mayo, he writes. [NYT]

• D. Landreth Seed Co., which has a long and storied history stretching back to the Constitutional Convention, is at risk of going under. So buy seeds! You listening, DIY types? [Salt/NPR]

• Choosing the ten best East Village restaurants is a tough job, but Sietsema thinks he’s got it: Back Forty, Dirt Candy, Ssam Bar, and newcomer Ramen Misoya all appear on his list. [Fork in the Road/VV]

• Here’s something scary: It may not just be calories making us fat, but rather all of the weird organic pollutants we consume via our food and water systems. [Atlantic]

• If you’re interested in wine, turn your eye to Spain, “one of the most fascinating wine-producing countries in Europe, if not the world,” according to this critic. [WSJ]

• After the owner of four Manhattan Domino’s Pizzas was sued by workers for wage violations, he’s now declared Chapter 11. Is anyone in the restaurant industry not getting sued? [Crain’s]