- File Size: 4880 KB
- Print Length: 494 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books (January 28, 2003)
- Publication Date: January 28, 2003
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BPDN33W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,142 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“Stylishly written and wonderfully learned … William Blake famously suggested that the world was to be seen in a grain of sand; Kurlansky has seen it in a grain of salt.” -- The Observer
"Mark Kurlansky’s almost 500-page opus on earth’s only edible rock is the stuff of which epics are born…." -- Zsuzsi Gartner, The Globe and Mail, Saturday, January 26, 2002
"In Salt, Mark Kurlansky, who charmed readers with an entertaining volume on the codfish, turns to a chemical that is essential to human life….darned interesting…. Kurlansky gives us entertainment…. At its best, this is a "wow!" book: roving, startling, engaging." -- Sidney W. Mintz, The Washington Post, Sunday, January 27, 2002
“Only Mark Kurlansky, winner of the James Beard Award for Excellence in Food Writing for Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World, could woo readers toward such an off-beat topic of Salt: A World History...Throughout his engaging, well-researched history, Kurlansky sprinkles witty asides and amusing anecdotes. A piquant blend of the historic, political, commercial, scientific and culinary, the book is sure to entertain as well as educate.” -- PW Daily, Friday, Nov. 16
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The modern world takes salt for granted. But for most of mankind's history, salt cultivation and transport was a massive enterprise across every civilization. This is a fascinating, illuminating read, very well written and generously illustrated. It's one of those books you never forget. Highly recommended.
If you like wide-ranging and well-written books such as those written by Jared Diamond, you'll love this book. I've enjoyed reading, especially history all my life, and this book is the reason why: I learned a lot I didn't know.
I certainly never realized that salt has been critical to human existence for thousands of years. From prehistoric times, the easily obtainable salt supply was far more limited than now, and salt sources were often the basis of human settlements word-wide throughout history until only recently.
The book is never tedious or boring. Reading the book showed me (once again) that a well-written history book can be a fascinating enjoyment.
This is an excellent story from a top flight writer.
Salt has long played a political role--being used to pay workers or soldiers (salary), provided. free to citizens, or taxed as a reliable source of government revenue (but where the temptation to abuse the taxing power may also. arise, leading to citizen uprisings).
Throughout the book recipes that use salt in one way or another, and taken from historical. sources, are reproduced. With the modern use of refrigerators and freezers salt is less used to preserve food, but continues to be an important raw material in many industries.
The impact of salt affects every aspect of human life and history. The book details production, trade wars, mining techniques, international conflicts and even recipes Just when the reader thinks he/she has learned all there is to know about salt, the next chapter reveals an additional avenue to explore.
Top international reviews
Nicely structured to allow one to dive in and out, without following an over arching complex story line.
Great travelling read, as landscapes and locations richly portrayed
I learned so many things from this book without realising it – surely the sign of a supremely well written slice of history – that I had a real sense of satisfaction when I had finished it, having not only had a curious insight into a seemingly ordinary cruet, but also a different perspective of so many historical facts and events.
Surely all history would benefit from being taught from slightly off beat but more memorable perspectives. Read and enjoy.