Publish date: March 6th 2003
Edition language: English
, Food And Drink
, Book Club
, World History
, Food Writing
, Food History
This is an interesting "world history" from the perspective of salt. The book includes everything from the manufacture, trade, geo-politics, socio-economic, revolutions, wars, science, cultural and culinary impact of salt in Asia, Europe, North America. This book is not only about salt, but include...
Writing a world history organized by the way everything connects back to salt was a surprisingly brilliant idea. Because salt was a strategic concern in the organization of many countries and their wars, it’s possible to touch on many of the most interesting periods in history by talking about salt....
The history of salt is a history of humanity in crystal form, in a lot of ways. Some of it's horrifying, some of it's funny, and much of it is just silly (grey salt used to be shunned because it wasn't pure, and now it's fashionable and more expensive than white!). Exhaustively researched and unfail...
I liked this book a lot. It was fun to find out about the importance of salt in history as well as the history of production methods. Kurlansky is an engaging writer and the stories he tells are entertaining. As the primary use of salt for most of it's history was food related, there's plenty of ...
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 ...
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