I don't review a lot of food based books on here, this is mainly for two reasons. First off I don't read many (non-recipe) food books and secondly I don't think writing book reviews is my strong point. I know I enjoyed it, and want to tell everyone so they can enjoy it too, but when it comes to saying why I enjoy it my mind goes blank, leaving me just wanting to say how great a read it is. So read 'Salt - A World History' by Mark Kurlanksy because, for want of something more descriptive, it's a great read.
Attempting to let you know a bit more about the book, 'Salt - A World History' basically does what it says on the tin giving you a history of the world told through the history of salt. We travel from China through the rest of the world learning about - amongst other things - drilling feats, global trade, wars, fish, underground dinner parties, 200 foot wooden slides and the occasional recipe. It's fact after interesting fact about this wonderful rock. Unlike a lot of history books I've read it manages this in a page turning style too. As Anthony Bourdain is quoted on the front cover 'a must-have for any serious cook or foodie' but it's also enough not about food to be a must-have for any non-cook or foodie too.