Salt is more than just a mineral that makes things taste like salt. It has been at the center of human civilization for millennia. In this book, Mark Kurlansky tells the story of salt from its very beginning to the present day. Salt was once so valuable that it caused wars and revolutions. Today, it is still used as a currency in some parts of the world. But most importantly, salt is essential to life—it helps regulate our body’s fluids and PH levels. With stories about everyone from Cleopatra to Napoleon Bonaparte, Salt sheds new light on an age-old condiment that we can’t live without.
For who is this book for ?
This book is for anyone who wants to know more about the history and importance of salt. It tells the story of how salt has been used throughout human civilization, from its beginnings to the present day. Salt is a mineral that we need in order to live, so this book also provides information about its health benefits.
- The author tells the story of salt from its very beginning to the present day.
- Salt was once so valuable that it caused wars and revolutions.
- Today, it is still used as a currency in some parts of the world.
- The author spends too much time discussing the history of salt and not enough time exploring how it is used today.
- The book is poorly organized and difficult to follow.
- It is repetitive and boring at times.
Learn more about the author
Mark Kurlansky is the author of a number of books, including Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World, The Basque History of the World, and 1968: The Year That Rocked the World. He has received numerous awards for his writing, including a James Beard Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award. Salt tells stories about Cleopatra and Napoleon Bonaparte as well as modern uses for salt stretch from food preservation to de-icing aircrafts in an informative manner with plentysnapshots throughout history informing readers on how vast this mineral’s impacton civilizations are. It would be beneficial for anyone with an interest in culinary global customs or worldwide politics because it tie together both subjects so seamlessly .
“Salt is one of the best histories I have ever read. It not only tells about the history of salt but how it has affected the world in many ways.”
“I loved this book! It is so informative, yet entertaining at the same time. I learned a lot about salt and its history, both throughout civilization and more recently. This would be a great read for anyone interested in learning more about our world.”
“A fascinating and informative book about the history of salt. You will never look at this mineral in the same way again.”
“If you’re at all interested in the history of food, or just want to know more about one of the most essential ingredients out there, then I highly recommend picking up a copy of Salt.”