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"Salt: A World History" with Mark

Chances are, most of us think about salt in one form or another almost every day; perhaps we’re following a recipe or trying to limit our sodium intake. Few people, however, ponder the history of salt and its role throughout world history, but such is the basis for Mark Kurlansky’s fascinating new book, “Salt: A World History.”

In his book, Mark explains the different methods by which salt is obtained. Then, he traces its history throughout the ages—from the Roman Empire, when it was a valued commodity often used as currency, to Mohatma Ghandi’s march in protest of Britain’s prohibition on India’s salt industry to its ubiquitous role in food manufacturing today.

Mark Kurlansky

Mark Kurlansky

“Salt: A World History.” (Walker & Co., 2002; $20)