An unlikely world history from the bestselling author of Cod and The Basque History of the World
In his fifth work of nonfiction, Mark Kurlansky turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history: salt. The only rock we eat, salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning, and its story is a glittering, often surprising part of the history of humankind. A substance so valuable it served as currency, salt has influenced the establishment of trade routes and cities, provoked and financed wars, secured empires, and inspired revolutions. Populated by colorful characters and filled with an unending series of fascinating details, Salt is a supremely entertaining, multi-layered masterpiece.
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...The 484-page tome is crammed with so much undiluted information that the end result is denser than the Dead Sea.Read Full Review of Salt: A World History
Engagingly written, painstakingly researched and with its own unique perspective on world history, Mark Kurlansky’s Salt a World History is a great read for anyone interested in social history.Read Full Review of Salt: A World History
The book includes authentic recipes from many eras...Read Full Review of Salt: A World History
...Kurlansky's book allows us to recognize...that what we dismiss as an inessential, simplistic and deadly seasoning is actually crucial and responsible for some of the most unique, bizarre, wonderful and diverse foods in the world.Read Full Review of Salt: A World History
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