Salt

Salt

A World History

Book - 2002
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Homer called salt "a divine substance", while Plato described it as "especially dear to the gods". Kurlansky blends political, commercial, scientific, religious and culinary records into this history of the substance which he claims shaped civilization from the beginning.
Publisher: London : Jonathan Cape, 2002.
Branch Call Number: 338.276 KUR
Characteristics: xii, 484 p. :,ill., maps ;,21 cm.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.

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hilype
Jan 12, 2020

Gr: 3.73 484p

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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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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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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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witchgirl
Mar 15, 2011

This is the most interesting book about salt I have ever read.

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