Salt, the only rock we eat, 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, Salt by Mark Kurlansky is a supremely entertaining, multi-layered masterpiece.
It's one of those books that comes with maps and recipes (how can you resist that?); it's hard to put down but luckily, the almost 500 page epic keeps you going for a while. It's entertaining, educational and full of wonder and inspiration.
It's also a great gift, especially bundled with some beautiful, colorful salts from around the globe.