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Salt: A World History

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Publisher's Summary

So much of our human body is made up of salt that we'd be dead without it. The fine balance of nature, the trade of salt as a currency of many nations and empires, the theme of a popular Shakespearean play...Salt is best selling author Mark Kurlansky's story of the only rock we eat.

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.

Enjoy Mark Kurlansky's books? Listen to an interview with the author on To the Best of Our Knowlege.

©2002 Mark Kurlansky; (P)2002 New Millenium Audio, All Rights Reserved

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    "salt can be sorta interesting"

    this book is exactly what it purports to be. it is salt and its politically culinary history told in as engaging a way as the subject allows. the author does an excellent job of moving chronologically while still adding tidbits to tie it back

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    "Full of Facts and Entertainment"

    Full of facts in an entertainment way is a difficult task, this book nailed.
    I enjoyed so much, I have listened a couple of times.

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    Doc G 04-26-16
    Doc G 04-26-16
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    "great reader"

    Reader was wonderful. too many recipes for me. Well researched. A nice story about salt and how its history intersects with world history.

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    Jackson 04-10-16
    Jackson 04-10-16 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the few books I keep recommending..."

    One of the few books I keep recommending to friends who are interested in world history. I thank my friend who recommended it to me.

    I had same inital reaction when I suggest this book: how can salt be interesting? it is!

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    Julie Seavello 03-09-16
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    "So much info!"

    Wow I sure enjoyed this and learned so much! His books are really a treasure

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    Tommy 01-29-16
    Tommy 01-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "llGreat listening book."

    Fascinating story . Well written and performed. I recommend it for the non history buff who wants an education.

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    Julie 11-20-15
    Julie 11-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it, but would have preferred paperback"

    I want to see maps and illustrations. I pulled up a lot of maps while listening. Still a great listen though.

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    K. Furr 10-04-15
    K. Furr 10-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Entertaining and informative"
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    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.<br/><br/>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.

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    Michael Green 09-17-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Connecting salt to everything"

    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.

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    Daniel M Edwards 05-12-15
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    "Surprisingly fascinating subject"

    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.

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