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Salt: A World History

3 Ratings: 3.7
A book by Mark Kurlansky

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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Author: Mark Kurlansky
Genre: Outdoors & Nature, Science
Publisher: Penguin
3 reviews about Salt: A World History
review by . January 05, 2009
Salt comes from the only family of rocks eaten by humans. Chloride is essentisal for digestion and respiration. Sodium, which the body, we learn, cannot manufacture, is necessary for the body to to transport nutrients and move muscles, such as the heart.     Mark Kurlansky has written the definitive history of salt, laden with recipes, many of which are repulsive to the modern American taste, but were once a staple part of the diet.     Salt is essential to …
review by . January 27, 2007
A little known fact, but an important one that marks the undercurrent of this book. Salt was the first precious white powder; men killed for it, communities relied on it, trade routes were founded on it. This and many other facts are expounded upon by historian Mark Kurlansky. Written as a story as much as a standard history book, the author describes how the search for this compound, and the need to control its sources, determined much politics in the ancient world. Whether it was North Africa, …
review by . July 21, 2003
"Salt," by Mark Kurlansky, is all you could possibly hope to know about "the only rock human's eat." Though well written, interesting, filled with lore, and entertaining, it's really more than I ever wanted to know. Maybe the secret of "Salt," like salt, is small doses. That's not the route I took, though. I figured I'd devour the text like any other book and finish it off in about a week. I almost did, and then something else beckoned (actually, anything could have beckoned and gained my interest …
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