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Salt by Mark Kurlansky
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Feb 15, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: health-nutrition-wellness, histories-and-herstories

An interesting survey of the geography and politics of salt. A hodgepodge of random information about how a small but essential substance has indelibly impacted from Israeli tourist development on the Dead Sea to elite fascination with touring underground salt mines to variations in Chinese cuisine and health contingent upon salt availability. Salt: A World History is an example of the kind of historiography I truly enjoy. Rather than trying to discuss an entire country, continent or civilization which often turns out to be a scattered, non-inclusive effort, anchor it on a single artifact or substance. Make it something profane and lackluster like salt and you've got yourself a fine, melodramatic novel in the form of a history book.

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Mendi You make me want to read everything you're reading.

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