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From the award-winning and bestselling author of Cod comes the dramatic, human story of a simple substance, an element almost as vital as water, that has created fortunes, provoked revolutions, directed economies and enlivened our recipes.

Salt is common, easy to obtain and inexpensive. It is the stuff of kitchens and cooking. Yet trade routes were established, alliances built and empires secured - all for something that filled the oceans, bubbled up from springs, formed crusts in lake beds, and thickly veined a large part of the Earths rock fairly close to the surface. From pre-history until just a century ago - when the mysteries of salt were revealed by modern chemistry and geology - no one knew that salt was virtually everywhere. Accordingly, it was one of the most sought-after commodities in human history. Even today, salt is a major industry. Canada, Kurlansky tells us, is the worlds sixth largest salt producer, with salt works in Ontario playing a major role in satisfying the Americans insatiable demand.

As he did in his highly acclaimed Cod, Mark Kurlansky once again illuminates the big picture by focusing on one seemingly modest detail. In the process, the world is revealed as never before.

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About the Author

Mark Kurlansky is the author of The Basque History of the World and of Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World, which won the James Beard Award for Excellence in Food Writing. When not travelling, he lives in New York City.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780676975352
Subtitle:
A World History
Publisher:
Vintage Canada
Author:
Kurlansky, Mark
Location:
Toronto
Subject:
Salt industry and trade
Subject:
Salt
Subject:
Sel
Subject:
General History
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
DREO TM 2001-069
Publication Date:
20021015
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8 x 5.35 x 1 in .8 lb

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Cooking and Food » Food Writing » General
Cooking and Food » Reference and Etiquette » Historical Food and Cooking

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