Salt by Mark Kurlansky
A World History

75%

10 Critic Reviews

...stylishly written and wonderfully learned, covering a vast geographical and historical acreage.
-Guardian

Synopsis

 

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.




From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Mark Kurlansky

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Mark Kurlansky is an award-winning and bestselling author. His most recent book is 1968: The Year That Rocked the World.
 
Published January 28, 2003 by Penguin Books. 494 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Cooking, Science & Math, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Professional & Technical, Children's Books, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Salt
All: 10 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Excellent

Enlightening and delighting as he goes, Kurlansky is, like Jane Grigson before him, a peerless food historian.

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Guardian

Below average
on Feb 16 2002

The less culinarily inclined will probably find it a struggle...rather disjointed, jumping in place and time with the minimum of narrative signposting.

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Guardian

Good
on Jan 20 2002

...stylishly written and wonderfully learned, covering a vast geographical and historical acreage.

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Publishers Weekly

Good

A piquant blend of the historic, political, commercial, scientific and culinary, the book is sure to entertain as well as educate.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
on Jul 11 2005

...he has created a perfectly delightful treatise on this ordinary, totally essential white crystal.

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AV Club

Below average
on Mar 29 2002

...much of Salt's timeline-marking activity could have been collapsed into one lengthy chapter and spiked with more analysis. Kurlansky doesn't hit his stride until he gets closer to modern times...

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Entertainment Weekly

Above average
on Mar 01 2002

...The 484-page tome is crammed with so much undiluted information that the end result is denser than the Dead Sea.

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Suite 101

Excellent
on Aug 20 2009

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.

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Rolling Hills Consolidated Library

Above average
on Sep 26 2012

The book includes authentic recipes from many eras...

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Heart to Heart: The Barnes and Noble Romance Blog

Good
on Nov 26 2009

...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.

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