Table of Contents
pt. 1. A discourse on salt, cadavers, and pungent sources. A mandate of salt — Fish, fowl, and pharoahs sic — Saltmen hard as codfish — Salt's salad days — Salting it away in the Adriatic — Two ports and the prosciutto in between — pt. 2. The glow of herring and the scent of conquest. Friday's salt — A Nordic dream — A well-salted hexagon — The Hapsburg pickle — The leaving of Liverpool — American salt wars — Salt and independence — Libertâe, egalitâe, tax breaks — Preserving independence — The war between the salts — Red salt — pt. 3. Sodium's perfect marriage. The odium of sodium — The mythology of geology — The soil never sets on ... — Salt and the great soul — Not looking back — The last salt days of Zigong — Ma, la, and Mao — More salt than fish — Big salt, little salt.
The bestselling author of Cod and The Basque History turns his attention to salt, a common household item with a long and intriguing history. In this multilayered masterpiece, Kurlansky explains how salt provoked and financed wars, secured empires, and inspired revolutions.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 453-465) and index.
Mark Kurlansky, the bestselling author of Cod and The Basque History of the World, here 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, Kurlansky's kaleidoscopic history is a supremely entertaining, multi-layered masterpiece.
About the Author
Mark Kurlansky is the author of Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World and The Basque History of the World. Cod received a James Beard Award for Excellence in Food Writing and was a New York Times bestseller.