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ANTH 3888: Calendar Summer 2024

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Anthropology of Food

to Sweet Treats around the World

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Sicilian ice-cream in a bread bun. A good solution to a local problem: the Mediterranean heat quickly melts the ice-cream, which is absorbed by the bread.
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A Fistful of Rice.
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Nutritional Psychology
 Block Salt.
Block Salt


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Category: Edible salt

Curing (food preservation
Fleur de sel
Health effects
History of salt
Iodised salt
Kosher salt
Old Salt Route
Pink salt
Salt equivalent
Salt in the Bible
Salt shaker
Salt substitute
Sea salt
Smoked salt
Sodium chloride

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1 a : a crystalline compound NaCl that consists of sodium chloride, is abundant in nature, and is used especially to season or preserve food or in industry —called also common salt b : a substance (as Glauber's salt) resembling common salt c plural (1) : a mineral or saline mixture (as Epsom salts) used as an aperient or cathartic (2) : smelling salts d : any of various compounds that result from replacement of part or all of the acid hydrogen of an acid by a metal or a group acting like a metal : an ionic crystalline compound
2 : a container for salt at table —often used in the phrases above the salt and below the salt alluding to the former custom of seating persons of higher rank above and those of lower rank below a saltcellar placed in the middle of a long table
3 a : an ingredient that gives savor, piquancy, or zest : flavor <a people…full of life, vigor, and the salt of personality — Clifton Fadiman> b : sharpness of wit : pungency c : common sense d : reserve, skepticism —usually used in the phrases with a grain of salt and with a pinch of salt e : a dependable steadfast person or group of people —usually used in the phrase salt of the earth
4 : sailor <a tale worthy of an old salt>
5 : keep 3 —usually used in the phrase worth one's salt

salt·like adjective


1 a : to treat, provide, or season with common salt b : to preserve (food) with salt or in brine c : to supply (as an animal) with salt
2 : to give flavor or piquancy to (as a story)
3 a : to enrich (as a mine) artificially by secretly placing valuable mineral in some of the working places b : to add something to secretly <salted the files with forged papers>; also : to insert or place secretly <salted the mines along the road>
4 a : to sprinkle with or as if with a salt b : scatter, intersperse

salt·er noun


1 a : saline, salty b : being or inducing the one of the four basic taste sensations that is suggestive of seawater — compare bitter, sour, sweet
2 : cured or seasoned with salt : salted <salt cod>
3 : overflowed with salt water <a salt pond>
4 : sharp, pungent

salt·ness noun

ETYMOLOGY: Etymology: Middle English, from Old English sealt; akin to Old High German salz salt, Lithuanian saldus sweet, Latin sal salt, Greek hals salt, sea

Date: before 12th century
OTHER FORMS: salttba·er — NOUN
ABBREVIATION: Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
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Salt, by Mark Kurlanksy.'

Penguin, 2003

"Mark Kurlansky, the bestselling author of Codand The Basque History of the World, here turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history: salt. The only rock we eat, salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning, and its story is a glittering, often surprising part of the history of humankind. A substance so valuable it served as currency, salt has influenced the establishment of trade routes and cities, provoked and financed wars, secured empires, and inspired revolutions. Populated by colorful characters and filled with an unending series of fascinating details, Kurlansky's kaleidoscopic history is a supremely entertaining, multi-layered masterpiece." -- Google Books

Fleur de Sel sea salt from Guérande, France.

Fleur de Sel sea salt
from Guérande, France

Crystal lattice of the common salt (NaCl).

Crystal lattice of the common salt (NaCl)
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Table Salt (NaCl) Crystal.

Table Salt (NaCl) Crystal

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