Salt

Salt

A World History

Book - 2003
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Explores the role of salt in shaping history, discussing how one of the world's most sought-after commodities has influenced economics, science, politics, religion, and eating customs.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2003
ISBN: 9780142001615
0142001619
9781442097773
1442097779
Characteristics: x, 484 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm

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PDBurt
May 18, 2019

Very interesting book. I didn't get through it as someone else in line so reordered and finished. Engaging world history.

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bonster1026
Feb 20, 2019

A historical gem in the manner of Jarrod Diamond’s “Guns, Germs, and Steel,” Kurlansky traces evolutionary process of the world according to Salt. Why does he call America’s internal battle “The Salt War”? He captured me.

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raydot
Feb 15, 2019

It starts a bit slow but by the end it's a must read for anyone interested in world culinary history. Also full of a lot of facts that might get you through a round of bar trivia, if that's your thing.

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DANIEL F HAMMANG
Jan 01, 2019

Who knew? There is the great significance of salt over the centuries, indeed the millennia. And it is full to overflowing with interesting facts. And then there are the recipes, some of them intriguing, some a hoot. A most enjoyable read.

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celiawhite99
Nov 03, 2018

Did not finish-boring

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Jonathan_logan
Nov 23, 2016

Good book but
Why the west when he talks about history of Africa, talk about invaders not the local ?
we don't want accept the fact that Africa has it's own history.

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kcawthon
Aug 21, 2016

this was a fascinating look into how a commodity could impact and even drive history. Gives you an idea what the history of petroleum might be years from now. I read this book shortly after it was released (and shortly after I started working for a salt company that owns the largest salt mine in the world )

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john1933
May 19, 2013

The author's "Cod" is an equally good read. A fascinating story about Portugal's long-time monopoly.

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ranwin33
Aug 08, 2012

If you are going to write a history of a food product and its effect on the history itself, then this should be a primer.

Great book. I don't know about the factual inaccuracies another commenter mentions, but from what research I've done, I have yet to find any.

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monecat
Sep 13, 2011

Adds an understanding to commerce and war.The story of Gandhi is so simple but shows how life might be better if more simple and logical.

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