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 is an engaging, entertaining, and informative history of salt. I've found I like this genre -- a kind of societal history of some everyday thing -- much along the lines of something you might see from Bill Bryson. If you think you might be into that, this is for you.
As for the vocal performance ... you only need to know it's Scott Brick. Scott Brick is 5 stars and 5 stars is Scott Brick, and that's the way it is until Audible lets me hand out more than 5 stars.
An entertaining mix of history, chemistry, economics with a splash of recipes. The author connects humanity with salt and helps explain its value. After reading and telling my wife the best parts, I dared her to mention any random word. The challenge was to find a way to connect it to salt. Airplane engines? Blankets? Too easy after reading this fun book.
Who would have thought that something we take greatly for granted today has played such a vital role in the shaping of our "civilization".
Great job by the narrator.
I will never look at salt in the same way again.
This book was a great history lesson. It appears that it was meant for cooks, but I see as a great venue for history teachers. Would recommend to anyone interested in or who teaches World Civilization. Having said that, I personally would have left off some of ancient the salted fish recipes.
This book is well written and was very enjoyable to listen to. However, I felt it left a huge gap of history of salt and perhaps was mostly focused on a European view. Where was the story of Timbuktu and the middle eastern salt trade? Where was the Maya and Aztec experience with Salt? I was disappointed it didn't cover more of the world.
It's a really good read. And it's one of those one element ties everything together books that actually works. The reader was perfect and his pronunciation of foreign words was amazing
Well done.... linking the great stories into a historical tale of our history & food.... a multitude of times I said "Heck, is that why?".... enjoyed
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