Homer called salt a divine substance. Plato described it as
especially dear to the gods. Today we take salt for granted, a
common, inexpensive substance that seasons food or clears ice
from roads, a word used casually in expressions ("salt of the
earth," take it with a grain of salt") without appreciating
their deeper meaning. However, as Mark Kurlansky so brilliantly
relates in his world- encompassing new book,... more...