Thursday, April 12, 2012

A to Z Blogging Challenge - K is for Kurlansky

I love histories of things. Well really I love histories of things because of Mark Kurlansky. You wouldn't think salt was that important. It is so easy and cheap for us now to get but that wasn't always the case. Salt traces its history throughout history. I learned things about soy sauce, fish sauce and Worcestershire sauce. And you get to find out how important the Basques are to world history.

I have also read Cod: A Biography of a Fish That Changed the World which is just as amazing in its scope as Salt. I highly recommend both if you're interested in a history of the world with a rather focused scope.

This post is part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Here's a couple of photography blogs that are participating in the challenge -

Oak Lawn Images

La Fotografía Effectista Abstracta


  1. I love how you can follow through his books how he went from topic to topic. The cod book got him interested in the Basques. The Basques got him curious about the salt trade and so forth.

  2. Sounds like an interesting book. I imagine salt has been incredibly important throughout history.

  3. The word salary comes from the word salt - I learned some of this on a trip where we went to a salt mine. So fascinating.

  4. Salt is INCREDIBLY interesting. A few months ago CBC Radio did a two hour documentary special on salt and, honestly, it was fascinating. Did you know it used to be the oil of ancient times? It was just as valuable as oil is today and people went to war in order to get it. Salt! Go figure!