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3.00012000480019 out of 53.00012000480019 out of 53.00012000480019 out of 53.00012000480019 out of 53.00012000480019 out of 5 3.00 (16,666 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Kurlansky Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2003 ISBN:
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So much of our human body is made up of salt that we'd be dead without it. The fine balance of nature, the trade of salt as a currency of many nations and empires, the theme of a popular Shakespearean play...Salt is best selling author Mark Kurlansky's story of the only rock we eat.

From its single origin, to the other discoveries made because of it, fascinating tales of salt and the people who have been involved with it through the ages are interwoven here. Fifteen recipes are included that will meet with every taste. Mark Kurlansky has produced a kaleidoscope of history, a multi-layered masterpiece that blends economic, scientific, political, religious, and culinary records into a rich and memorable tale. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony | 2/11/2014

    " Interesting, but some parts seem superfluous. Did we really need all of those recipes from throughout history? Still worth reading, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Val Babic | 2/11/2014

    " Incredible book about the only rock humans eat. Every single civilization was based upon production and control/monopoly of salt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 2/9/2014

    " I read this several years back but remember being fascinated with this unknown subculture of salt and its history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Raelin | 1/29/2014

    " This has good information, very boring to read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/28/2014

    " I was an interesting read. The author approaches like its a story rather than making it a textbook. The reader for the audio book had a good voice, and used inflection well. If you are a foodie, be warned that he often gives ancient recipes for dishes, it may make you hungry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik | 1/23/2014

    " A historical perspective of how much we used to rely on this mineral. Kurlansky also gives you a bunch of recipes of cured meats and veggies. Some I wouldn't try. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlise | 1/20/2014

    " Who would think that a book about Salt would be interewsting---but there's a lot of history to learn that is intriguing. Not a page turner, but a book to "savor." ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skot Dee | 1/20/2014

    " Quite a salty tale. Made me hungry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Julitz | 1/17/2014

    " As someone who puts salt on everything, it was a great look at where salt comes from, the role it's played throughout history & it's importance to pretty much every society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan | 12/23/2013

    " An excellent peek into history at the significance of this element and a wake up call to the depth of meaning found in its almost 50 biblical references. Salt, back then, is like oil today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lani | 12/23/2013

    " A combination of a dry history book and a dry chemistry book. Loved certain colonial aspects. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis Henn | 12/16/2013

    " Everything you could possibly want to know about salt. Kurlansky even offers recipe for many salt-rich items. Thorough, interesting, at times anecdotal. I had no idea salt's role in empire building. My chief complaint with this book is that too much salt is unhealthy and this book had too much salt. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caitlin Gambee | 12/11/2013

    " Very interesting, but far too long. Loved the bits about Syracuse and Buffalo. Also loved the beginning. This book might be better for book on tape though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen | 12/11/2013

    " Parts were better than the whole. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 9/27/2013

    " Might be more interesting if I'd read it when I was older than FIFTEEN!! Cool concept for a history book. Super boring and slow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter Austin | 9/25/2013

    " Interesting facts about salt; hair-pulling simplifications about non-salt history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexandra Thompson | 8/6/2013

    " Salt used to be a currency and a form of pay for civil war soldiers. I found the fook fascinating, although too technical in some chapters to maintain my interest. I found the section on China very interesting. We always thing civilization started in the Western Hemisphere - oh so wrong. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 6/5/2013

    " This was not a fun read, nor was it pure torture. A pleasant surprise was the inclusion of so many ancient recipes. Now I know that salt is the story behind the story of most history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita | 2/26/2013

    " Salt salt salt! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Branch | 1/18/2013

    " Really enjoyed this historical account of the importance of salt throughout history, of course it may be something only a true history geek could really enjoy, but I love the thought that in one point in history salt was more valuable than gold. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky Louise | 12/29/2012

    " I have to admit that this is a very big book and I didn't get to read it all before it was due back at the library. I plan to take it out again at some point when I have a lot more free time to read it. Very interesting history of our food and salt usage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arrant | 11/18/2012

    " This is a good book I recomend all students to read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Troye Owens | 8/7/2012

    " prosciutto, jambon sec, jambon de bayonne, whats not to love? It would be difficult for one to find a more detailed voyage through the history of salt! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan Vassiliades | 4/4/2012

    " It was just what you would expect. I really enjoyed it at first, but at the end it seemed to drag on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amber | 1/25/2012

    " I fell asleep too many times. While interesting, it was a little too boring for me. You just have to be in the right frame of mind to read this. Or maybe it's more likely to appeal to men. A man recommended it, and my husband ended up reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 KaRynn | 9/8/2011

    " This is not the Angelina Jolie movie. It is a history of salt. It was REALLY interesting. A lot of history in different countries, politics, and science involved. A lot I didn't know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samb Hicks | 6/8/2011

    " The author does a good job of juggling dry trivia with fascinating historical tales. Not a life-changing book, but a good read for sure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/4/2011

    " Who knew--the world of salt was so fascinating and intertwined into ever historical event, ever!? But, I loved it and am armed with fun facts forever! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 4/29/2011

    " Literally one of the best books I've ever read. So, so interesting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dooley | 4/17/2011

    " Interesting history from the point of view of salt. Easier to read than most histories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kivrin | 4/16/2011

    " Very interesting book about something we just take for granted. I had no idea where salt actually came from. The read was a little dry and the author tended to wander off course on occasion, but I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 4/12/2011

    " This is one of the most informative books I have ever read. Extensively researched and beautifully written. I never knew Salt was so important. i loved this book- even if you are not interested in History, I think you'll like this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 4/4/2011

    " This gets a bit tedious, but the history of salt is fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 4/3/2011

    " I thought this would change the way I see salt. It did, but it also changed the way I see world history. Really great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher | 3/31/2011

    " A fun history of the world through the point of view of Salt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harrison | 3/28/2011

    " Alternated between being utterly fascinating and terribly dry like few other books. Overall thoroughly satisfying, & somewhat eye opening. Kurlansky is very effective in illuminating the fact that until the advent of refrigeration, salt was humanity's most important resource. "

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About the Author
Author Mark Kurlansky

Marl Kurlansky is a highly-acclaimed American journalist and writer of general interest nonfiction, including The Big Oyster. He is especially known for titles on eclectic topics. His 1997 book Cod was an international bestseller and was translated into more than fifteen languages.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.