From its single origin, to the other discoveries made because of it, fascinating tales of salt and the people who have been involved with it through the ages are interwoven here. Fifteen recipes are included that will meet with every taste. Mark Kurlansky has produced a kaleidoscope of history, a multi-layered masterpiece that blends economic, scientific, political, religious, and culinary records into a rich and memorable tale.
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"A piquant blend of the historic, political, commercial, scientific and culinary, the book is sure to entertain as well as educate." (Publishers Weekly)
"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)
This book was OK. It's a great idea to explore the role of salt in history, because it is an essential commodity that is now so cheap that we have forgotten how vital and central it was. But the book doesn't fully live up to its promise. The narrator has a great style.
Indeed a book about just salt. There is much information in this book and I believe this is one of a handful of book that should be for reading rather than listening. Scott Brick does a good job but I found I was backing up to re-listen for a fact or because my mind wandered off.
Friends who read this book recommended it to me although they remarked that they had skipped over reading all of the salt recipes. Well, not in the audiobook! (at least not easily) Be ready to suffer through one boring recipe of salt after another and a story line that doesn't seem to go anywhere. Maybe this is something that should be read and not heard. After three hours I had had enough... dull... dull... dull.
I enjoyed this book, and it is very complete for those who, like me, enjoy reading about the history of how our present foods and diets came about. I don't think the book would hold the interest of someone with a more casual interest in the subject, however. The book can get a bit dry (no pun intended) and does include quite a lot of recipes that are of historical interest but not much use as modern-day recipes. Of greatest interest to me were the explanations of salt's economic importance from the Stone Age on, and also how the history of salt is so completely tied up with the history of fish in the human diet. It makes a good companion book to COD.
That's OK, neither can the narrator.
I learned several new tidbits from this book. Especially interesting was the taxation of salt across cultures and time. The multi cultural approach is a strength of the book.
Too bad the narrator, who does a good job with western names and places, slaughters the Chinese. If they can learn German, French and Arab names, why can't they learn a few basic Chinese names.
This is a fascinating subject that is sadly dulled down by both the author and the narrator. I've been listening to it while cooking and it's been interesting. I confess, though, I listen to it to fall asleep and it's equally effective there.
Its not just good reading, its of a slice of history of cooking.
Combination of what salt is worth and how salt
changes the way you look at food. Anyone wanting to be a chief, or like myself, loves cooking and history its a must. Also If you just want to track how salt effects everyting from money to wars and how it gained its importance even relating to medicinem its great,totally delightful.
Although the subject sounds pretty boring, the book is actually very interesting and covers a lot of different aspects of humans and history. I had heard it once before from the library, and liked it so well, I got my own copy here.
I have read/listen to many books on my iPod but I really could not get through these 12+ hrs on salt. There is an incredible amount of detail on the history of salt, but who cares?
Been listening to recorded books for over 15 years and have told many friends that Scott Brick could read me the phone book and I'd enjoy it. 'Salt' was interesting but was made fascinating by the talents of Brick. I am anxious to start both 'The Company' and "Alexander Hamilton' just to hear that slightly arrogant, always expressive voice. When I chose books, I search for his latest first. Keep him going!
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