Salt: A World History Quotes.

1. "In every age, people are certain that only the things they have deemed valuable have true value. The search for love and the search for wealth are always the two best stories. But while a love story is timeless, the story of a quest for wealth, given enough time, will always seem like the vain pursuit of a mirage."
- Mark Kurlansky, Salt: A World History

2. "modern people have seen too many chemicals and are ready to go back to eating dirt."
- Mark Kurlansky, Salt: A World History

3. "Even the name, Celt, is not from their own Indo-European language but from Greek. Keltoi, the name given to them by Greek historians, among them Herodotus, means one who lives in hiding or under cover. The Romans, finding them less mysterious, called them Galli or Gauls, also coming from a Greek word, used by Egyptians as well, hal, meaning salt. They were the salt people."
- Mark Kurlansky, Salt: A World History

4. "The main body of Vikings were given lands in the Seine basin in exchange for protecting Paris. They settled into northern France and within a century were speaking a dialect of French and became known as the Normans."
- Mark Kurlansky, Salt: A World History

5. "A 1670 revision of the criminal code found yet another use for salt in France. To enforce the law against suicide, it was ordered that the bodies of people who took their own lives be salted, brought before a judge, and sentenced to public display. Nor could the accused escape their day in court by dying in the often miserable conditions of the prisons. They too would be salted and put on trial. Breton historians have discovered that in 1784 in the town of Cornouaille, Maurice LeCorre had died in prison and was ordered salted for trial. But due to some bureaucratic error, the corpse did not get a trial date and was found by a prison guard more than seven years later, not only salted but fermented in beer, at which point it was buried without trial."
- Mark Kurlansky, Salt: A World History

6. "Salt is so common, so easy to obtain, and so inexpensive that we have forgotten that from the beginning of civilization until about 100 years ago, salt was one of the most sought-after commodities in human history."
- Mark Kurlansky, Salt: A World History

7. "It takes two years for the salt to reach the center of a wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese."
- Mark Kurlansky, Salt: A World History

8. "When these early settlers hunted, they would leave red herring along their trail because the strong smell would confuse wolves, which is the origin of the expression red herring, meaning a false trail."
- Mark Kurlansky, Salt: A World History

9. "The Egyptians of 4000 B.C. believed that the goddess Isis, wife of Osiris, taught them how to grow olives. The Greeks have a similar legend. But the Hebrew word for olive, zait, is probably older than the Greek word, elaia, and is thought to refer to Said in the Nile Delta."
- Mark Kurlansky, Salt: A World History

10. "Pastrami, of Romanian origin, is dried, spiced, and salted beef, smoked over hardwood sawdust and then steamed. The name may come from pastra, the Romanian verb to preserve."
- Mark Kurlansky, Salt: A World History

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