Chapters would end out of nowhere, there were tons of non-sequiturs, etc. Salt mining led to the discovery and use of natural gas. He worked as a journalist for many companies which are, The International Herald Tribune, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. I recommend it to anyone who likes cooking, history or cataloging interesting little facts to spew at later dates. Old school thinking has never been in his vocabulary.
It is certainly enough to whet one's appetite; it's full of interesting tidbits and odd corners of history, plus a few not so odd corners of history that one may be embarassed not to have already known mine was the connection between salt and Gandhi in India. There is something for everyone. After recounting thousands of years of blood and sweat over salt, Kurlansky notes that most of what is mined today goes for de-icing roads in wintertime: a commodity that was once so valuable it was used as currency has become cheap enough to blanket highways and support the cult of the car. It got progressively worse as I got through the book- and then towards the end it became an advertisement for Mortons Salt. This is a thoroughly entertaining read! Alsace translates as ''land of salt,'' and Salzburg is literally ''salt town. Remember rubbing the newborn infants with salt from the Book of Ezekial 16:4. As with his other pieces, Kurlansky also brings the point home with related recipes embedded in the larger narrative.
I believe there is something here for everyone. I was determined to read it after I chose it for a challenge I had entered but my goodness was it a struggle. The French village of Collioure, for instance, once had 800 anchovy fishermen; now it has none. But it is also a history of the world as seen through those white crystals. Alan Prince of Deerfield Beach, Florida, is an ex-newsman and college lecturer. This was interesting becuase other books stress the role of th I very much enjoyed this book on world history, roled like a ball of yarn around the role salt played in this history. Parmesan cheese needs weeks of immersion in a salt bath to acquire its characteristic texture and flavor.
In chapter one, he explains how because of Lake Yuncheng, a lake of salty water in China, caused many wars because many civilizations were fighting for it. There were parts that I skimmed over and parts that made me share them immediately. Lists, lists, lists of everything that has ever been done with salt. How many millions of lives have been destroyed or saved by people fighting over access to salt? Later Venetian city state power was built on salt. Section 4 Summary Chapter 7 Friday's Salt, Chapter 8 A Nordic Dream, Chapter 9 A Nordic Dream Summary and Analysis Chapter 7 begins with the Basque.
Kind Of History Time of history: - History of mankind Nationality? We're fortunate to have it in such abundance that we can take it for granted and worry about getting too much of it in our diets. China is the oldest literate society still in existence, and its 4,000 years of written history begin as a history of inventions. Are we traveling through time, era by era? Any town in England that ends in ''wich'' produced salt. I'm sure an economics historian or a political scientist could find many more relevant examples than I can. Populated by colorful characters and filled with an unending series of fascinating details, Salt by Mark Kurlansky is a supremely entertaining, multi-layered masterpiece. A lively social history that does for salt what Kurlansky previously. The French village of Collioure, for instance, once had 800 anchovy fishermen; now it has none.
I knew there were salt mines, I knew iodine was added to salt, and beyond that, I never gave it much thought. Completely and totally uninteresting and boring. That said, the book was actually very interesting. Of course it's my own fault for imagining a book this long about salt could be engaging. What is much more disconcerting, though, is that Americans today, with the freshest and broadest food supply in history, eat more than twice as much salt on average as Europeans did at the height of their dependence on food salted for preservation in the centuries before refrigeration.
New England and parts of the Nordic countries were able to profit significantly through this method, which was sometimes paired with their cod stocks to create salted cod to sell on the world market, providing financial stability for the region. Name a person: Gandhi, Marco Polo, George Washington. Kurlansky brings life to something that plays an important role in our history as well as the everyday life of all. Tabasco was what the McIlhenny family came up with when their salt-mining business dried up after the Civil War. Literally, let everyone do so, as we all need a moderate dose of it. An army essentially could not subsist without salted meat which prevented spoilage and allowed for long marches.
When the Confederates captured or retook a salt works, they celebrated. Although not strictly food history, Salt is at its most winning in the chapters telling of people's obsession with it for flavoring and preserving meat and vegetables. But, until these relatively recent events, salt was a vital part of the economy. You can also follow him on his blog PubliusOnline. It's really a shame, too, since this is a fascinating book. It's just felt more like a book for someone who wanted to be entertained than someone who wanted to learn and understand a larger picture. Salt was surely a lucrative and profit-rich business, according to Kurlansky, and anyone could do it on a small scale.
I didn't think it possible to have someone talk about salt for 13 hours and 43 minutes but it was. The detail Kurlansky takes in his writing seeks to educate and entertain in equal measure, while not drowning the reader in minutiae. And yes, he really does look like the Dos Eq For a guy who literally looks like the Dos Equis man, Mark Kurlansky has managed to find some of the least interesting subject matter I could imagine and turn them into full histories. Previously read Sept 2003 - Checked this out from the library on the recommendation of Carla Irene The title is pretty self-explanatory: the book discusses how salt was accessed, processed, sold and used from ancient times through today. Lists, lists, lists of everything that has ever been done with salt. I downloaded this audio book from my local library.
In chapter one, he explains how because of Lake Yuncheng, a lake of salty water in China, caused many wars because many civilizations were fighting for it. وبدأت الإدارة الأميركية المستقلة على الفور في جملة من السياسات والإجراءات تشجيع صناعة الملح ومواجهة نقصه الحاد والحصار البريطاني، فشكل الكونغرس لجانا للمشورة في طرق ووسائل إمداد الولايات المتحدة بالملح، وأعفي العمال العاملون في مجال الملح من الخدمة العسكرية، وواجه الصيادون والمزارعون أزمة خانقة في الحصول على الملح. I was praying for a relief from the tedium of this book. If every history book had such a sharp focus and clear presentation, no schoolchild would ever be left wondering about the when and why of, say, the battle of Bunker Hill. It is no longer clear when legends were made into men and when living historic figures were turned into legends. تلك المادة سريعة الذوبان التى لا يتخيل احد عدد الدول التى ' ذابت ' فى التاريخ من أجلها.