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Salt: A World History Paperback – 28 January 2003

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (January 28, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142001619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142001615
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3.137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Kurlansky finds the world in a grain of salt...fascination and surprise regularly erupt from the detail." --The New York Times Book Review

This is terrific food writing; like fleur de sel, something scarce and to be savored." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Kurlansky continues to prove himself remarkably adept at taking a most unlikely candidate and telling its tale with epic grandeur. " --Los Angeles Times Book Review

"If you are drawn to history and curious about the origins of foods, allow Mark Kurlansky to take you on an incredible journey through the centuries by way of salt." --The Baltimore Sun

"Kurlansky does a masterful job of expanding the reader's horizons....This book of minutely researched data and history can literally make the mouth water." --The Boston Globe

About the Author

Mark Kurlansky is the author of many books including Cod, The Basque History of the World, 1968, and The Big Oyster. His newest book is Birdseye.

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5.0 out of 5 starsHighly recommended. I have already ordered out another Mark Kurlansky book. Can't wait.
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5.0 out of 5 stars"Salt" is Peppered with Tantalizing Insights
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3.0 out of 5 starsBrilliant, but perhaps too much detail for the average reader...
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