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Salt by Mark Kurlansky
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Sep 27, 2009

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bookshelves: food, microhistory
Read from May 30 to June 26, 2010

Would give this a 3 1/2 star rating if there was such a thing. The writing style bounced around a bit too randomly among time periods for me so it lost its cohesion. The subject matter was fascinating however and in the end I learned a lot about the only rock that we eat, the mystery of this earthly commodity, the customs of its usage, and how the science has evolved in relation to its properties, production, and distribution. I particularly like the way the author highlighted odd little facts about salt to tell the story of its history. During the course of reading this I would get cravings for pickled herring, corned beef, Tabasco, Indian food, anything with capers in it, tuna, anything with soy sauce in it, and a few dozen other delicacies! I'd say the author did a fine job conveying an image if baccala even sounds enticing!

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Reading Progress

05/30/2010 page 52
06/06/2010 page 176
36.36% "my favorite quote so far "Nobody can easily bring together a nation that has 265 kinds of cheese." attributed to a 1961 speech by Charles de Gaulle."
06/19/2010 page 303
61.0% "barely made it through the part about Tabasco and then had to make dinner."
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