Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling author of COD, SALT, PAPER, THE BASQUE HISTORY OF THE WORLD, 1968, THE BIG OYSTER, INTERNATIONAL NIGHT, THE EASTERN STARS, A CONTINENT OF ISLANDS and THE WHITE MAN IN THE TREE AND OTHER STORIES. He received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonviolence, Bon Appetit's Food Writer of the Year Award, the James Beard Award, and the Glenfiddich Award. SALT was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist. He spent 10 years as Caribbean correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. He lives in New York City.