Salt: A World History

Salt: A World History

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By (author) Mark Kurlansky

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 498 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 196mm x 25mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 28 January 2003
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0142001619
  • ISBN 13: 9780142001615
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: b/w ill.
  • Sales rank: 36,033

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The bestselling author of Cod and The Basque History turns his attention to salt, a common household item with a long and intriguing history. In this multilayered masterpiece, Kurlansky explains how salt provoked and financed wars, secured empires, and inspired revolutions.

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From the Bestselling Author of Cod and The Basque History of the World In Salt, Mark Kurlansky's fifth work of nonfiction, he turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history. 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 masterpiece. "The fascinating, indispensible history of an indispensible ingredient...a must have for any serious cook or foodie." -Anthony Bourdain "An immensely entertaining read." -Los Angeles Times Mark Kurlansky is the author of many books including Cod, The Basque History of the World, 1968, and The Big Oyster. His newest book is Birdseye.

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"Kurlansky finds the world in a grain of salt...fascination and surprise regularly erupt from the detail." --The New York Times Book Review This is terrific food writing; like fleur de sel, something scarce and to be savored." --San Francisco Chronicle "Kurlansky continues to prove himself remarkably adept at taking a most unlikely candidate and telling its tale with epic grandeur. " --Los Angeles Times Book Review "If you are drawn to history and curious about the origins of foods, allow Mark Kurlansky to take you on an incredible journey through the centuries by way of salt." --The Baltimore Sun "Kurlansky does a masterful job of expanding the reader's horizons....This book of minutely researched data and history can literally make the mouth water." --The Boston Globe