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  • A World History
  • Written by: Mark Kurlansky
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (76 ratings)

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Salt

Written by: Mark Kurlansky
Narrated by: Scott Brick
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Publisher's Summary

So much of our human body is made up of salt that we'd be dead without it. The fine balance of nature, the trade of salt as a currency of many nations and empires, the theme of a popular Shakespearean play... Salt is best selling author Mark Kurlansky's story of the only rock we eat.

From its single origin, to the other discoveries made because of it, fascinating tales of salt and the people who have been involved with it through the ages are interwoven here. Fifteen recipes are included that will meet with every taste. Mark Kurlansky has produced a kaleidoscope of history, a multi-layered masterpiece that blends economic, scientific, political, religious, and culinary records into a rich and memorable tale.

©2002 Mark Kurlansky (P)2002 New Millenium Audio, All Rights Reserved

What the critics say

"A piquant blend of the historic, political, commercial, scientific and culinary, the book is sure to entertain as well as educate." (Publishers Weekly)
"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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A very salty history

You will never look at table salt the same ever again. I read this book years ago and the narrator does it justice. This is a look at humanity's history and the role salt and its uses in dried, pickled, fermented, and of course salted foods played in shaping that history. No dull history here but salty look at how our diet changed over time with wonderful side trips in recipes and menus. Definitely a fun listen.

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Incredible.

A incredible version of history of the world told thru salt. I learned so much and look at that little shaker in my kitchen in a whole new light.

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pretty good, had fun

Nice snapshots of different cultures in different times and how they used salt. Most interesting was the various European skirmishes over salt

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Was a great history lesson

I actually really enjoyed this audible book, It describes how important salt was a contributor for expansion.

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Salt. The History

Having read another book on this subject all I can say is this is the best version

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