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Salt: A World History From the Bestselling Author of Cod and The Basque History of the WorldIn 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 by Mark Kurlansky is a supremely entertaining, multi layered masterpieceMark Kurlansky is the author of many books including Cod, The Basque History of the World and The Big Oyster His newest book is Birdseye



10 thoughts on “Salt: A World History

  1. says:

    Chris Lavers started his review of this book for the Guardian with speculation on how an author can get released from publisher s contract The publisher receives priority by including a first refusal clause on a second book You merely present your publisher with stunningly unappealing material If they choose not to publish, then you are free t


  2. says:

    I read several chapters of this It was mind numbingly boring Lists, lists, lists of everything that has ever been done with salt What different countries, cultures and times have done with salt The word salt in many different languages That old thing about salary being the precious salt that the Romans paid their military in, right I was praying fo


  3. says:

    Let them eat salt Literally, let everyone do so, as we all need a moderate dose of it Such is one of the early discoveries in Mark Kurlansky s biography of salt and how it shaped the world Kurlansky uses his attention to detail and ability to entertain the curious reader in this book that explores much of how salt came to be found on most tables around


  4. says:

    This book changed my life I picked it up because fiction novels were all looking the same to me, and because it was thick enough to last the long train ride from Dusseldorf to Maastricht School textbooks were the only non fiction I d ever read, and they had not prepared me for the vibrant and engaging writing found in Salt Since reading this book I have beco


  5. says:

    This was the first so called commodity history that I ve read, and I m sorry to say it might have turned me completely off the damn things I m not entirely sure why this book is so popular and so widely read, since it strikes me as simply a series of stories by Mark Kurlansky that quickly settle into the same basic mantra, which is 1 Here is this culture 2 Like t


  6. says:

    What a disappointment this was Kurlansky clearly has searched complete encyclopaedias on the word salt and has poured it all down in this book, with no connecting narrative or analysis Facts, myths and stories are mixed almost randomly And okay, you do get the impression that salt has played a very important role throughout history, and even all around the world, but


  7. says:

    Well, I ll be pickled We say we ll take something with a grain of salt as if it s nothing, but much of the history of the world is tied up in the quest for salt It s not nothing We re fortunate to have it in such abundance that we can take it for granted and worry about getting too much of it in our diets For most of human existence that was not the case The material here


  8. says:

    I very much enjoyed this book on world history, roled like a ball of yarn around the role salt played in this history I think that different readers will enjoy different aspects of the book There is something for everyone I particularly enjoyed the sections on Chinese ancient history, on French salt production on Noirmoutier and Ile de R and also the perspective of how French s


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    Mark Kurlansky is a historical writer who does what one reviewer referred to as the little big style of writing, that is to say, he takes something little and often overlooked and from it he spins out larger truths about society and the world To say that he does this well would be an understatement.Salt A World History, his fascinating history of this overlooked cooking seasoning, m


  10. says:

    While certainly an interesting and often entertaining read, with many historic details I had never heard before, this book is seriously flawed in several ways.It has a bibliography, but no footnotes or endnotes Given that on those subjects that I had detailed pre knowledge, I found details that were misinterpreted, glossed over, or just plain wrong, I can only assume the same is true for


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