“Kurlansky finds the world in a grain of salt…fascination and surprise ceaselessly 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
“In case you are drawn to history and curious in regards to the origins of foods, allow Mark Kurlansky to take you on an out of this world journey in the course of the centuries by the use 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
About the Author
Mark Kurlansky is the writer 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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An unlikely world history from the bestselling writer 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 one rock we eat, salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning, and its story is a glittering, continuously surprising a 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.