April 3, 2019 11:38 AM - by Mark Kurlansky - Subscribe

In his fifth work of nonfiction, Mark Kurlansky turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history: salt. The only rock we eat, salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning, and its story is a glittering, often surprising part of the history of humankind. A substance so valuable it served as currency, salt has influenced the establishment of trade routes and cities, provoked and financed wars, secured empires, and inspired revolutions. Populated by colorful characters and filled with an unending series of fascinating details, Salt is a supremely entertaining, multi-layered masterpiece.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis (1 comment total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Fairly certain a lot of people have read this one, and for good reason! It's a good book! An in depth look at an essential mineral, that takes the reader all around the world and throughout time.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 11:40 AM on April 3, 2019 [1 favorite]

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