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Salt, Grain of Life
Article Index
Salt, Grain of Life
Notes: Outsalting the Devil
Notes: Salt and the Happy Hour
Notes: The Tournament of the Liars
Notes: The Industrial Revolution
Notes: Another early salt production
Notes: Origin of Munich
Notes: Public works
Notes: Salt tax
Notes: health connotations
Notes: ritual uses
Notes: Native Americans and salt
Notes: North American salines
Notes: Ecological Impact
Notes: Salt and Human History
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This book has received a number of translations. These include, in addition to the French original edition, translations into:
Italian (Donzelli) - Portuguese (Terramar) - Spanish (Complutense) - Chinese (Baihua) - Korean (Karam) - Japanese (Tokyo Shoseki).
The French and English languages versions exist also in paperback form: Hachette Pluriel and HarperCollins Ecco Press, respectively, in the listing of available translations for Salt, Grain of Life.

Since publication of this book, I have further pursued its topic in the form of “Salt Notes” (© Pierre Laszlo, all rights reserved worldwide). They will be found here, starting with “Outsalting the Devil.”

 Book Description

For the sake of salt, Rome created a system of remuneration (from which we get the word salary), nomads domesticated the camel, the Low Countries revolted against their Spanish oppressors, and Gandhi marched against the British. Through the ages, salt has conferred status, preserved foods, and mingled in the blood, sweat, and tears of humankind. Today, chefs of haute cuisine covet its most exotic forms -- underground salt deposits, Hawaiian black lava salt, glittery African crystals, and pink Peruvian sea salt carried in bricks on the backs of Ilamas.

From proverbs to technical arguments, from anecdotes to tales of folklore, chemist and philosopher Pierre Laszlo takes us through the kingdom of "white gold." With "enthusiasm and freshness" (Le Monde), he mixes literary analysis, history, anthropology, biology, physics, economics, art history, political science, chemistry, ethnology, and linguistics to create a full body of knowledge about the everyday substance that rocked the world and still brings zest to the ordinary.
Salt is a tour de force about a substance that is one of the very foundations of civilization.