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Salt by Mark Kurlansky
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Aug 13, 10

bookshelves: nonfiction, foodie, microhistory, 2010-read
Read in August, 2010

A very enjoyable view of world history through the lens of the importance of salt. Though it's sort of obvious now that I think about it, I hadn't realized the tremendous importance of salt as food-preservation, especially prior to the invention of canning. Without salt-cured fish and meat, winters, war, or ship travel would have been nearly impossible.

As I was reading this book, I kept sharing interesting tidbits with folks at dinner and in conversation. I had no idea that Cape Cod used to be an important saltworks, that one of the strategies of the North in the American Civil War was to deprive the South of salt, or that the Dead Sea is disappearing.
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