Salt: A World History

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Penguin, Jan 28, 2003 - History - 498 pages

An unlikely world history 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.

 

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Parts of this book were great, and other parts were so dense it took me months to get through them. I loved parts of it, and couldn't stand other chapters — so all in all, more or less average. The depth of research is remarkable, density aside. Read full review

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Well, I learned a little about this history of salt. Salt is very important; and I thought this book was very boring. I had hoped to learn about plastic contamination in salt, and why sugar is added to Morton table Salt; I didn't. Read full review

Contents

The INTRODUCTION Rock
CHAPTER TWO Fish Fowl and Pharoahs
CHAPTER THREE Saltmen Hard as Codfish
CHAPTER FOUR Salts Salad Days
CHAPTER FIVE Salting It Away in the Adriatic
CHAPTER SIX Two Ports and the Prosciutto in Between
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CHAPTEREIGHT A Nordic Dream
CHAPTER FIFTEEN Preserving Independence
CHAPTER SIXTEEN The War Between the Salts
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN Red Salt
CHAPTEREIGHTEEN The Odium of Sodium
CHAPTER TWENTY The Soil Never Sets On
CHAPTER TWENTYONE Salt and the Great Soul
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO Not Looking Back
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE The Last Salt Days of Zigong

CHAPTER NINE A WellSalted Hexagon
CHAPTERTEN The Hapsburg Pickle
CHAPTERELEVEN The Leaving of Liverpool
CHAPTER TWELVE American Salt Wars
Salt CHAPTER THIRTEEN and Independence
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR Ma La and
CHAPTER TWENTYSIX Big Salt Little Salt
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INDEX
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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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