Salt — Kurlansky   Leave a comment

Salt: A World History (Mark Kurlansky) – it’s not surprising that Kurlansky (author of Cod and The Big Oyster) can make the study of a single food commodity so gripping. With Simon Winchester-like prose, the author follows the history of salt and its use from classical times to present, using the vicissitudes of “the only rock we eat” to underline the structural changes in the European economy (especially after the “discovery” of the Americas). My only regret (and this a rather parochial one) is that while there are various mentions of salt in Italy, the Salt War of 1540 (between the city of Perugia and Pope Paul III) is not treated. I suppose if that’s my worst complaint, I can wholeheartedly endorse the book.

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Posted October 21, 2010 by zachmon in Uncategorized

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