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Mark Kurlansky

Biography

Mark Kurlansky

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.

Mark Kurlansky

Books by Mark Kurlansky

by Mark Kurlansky - History, Nonfiction

Before the industrial revolution, it was common for families to keep dairy cows and produce their own milk. But during the 19th century, mass production and urbanization made milk safety a leading issue of the day, with milk-borne illnesses a common cause of death. Pasteurization slowly became a legislative matter. And today milk is a test case in the most pressing issues in food politics, from industrial farming and animal rights to GMOs, the locavore movement, and advocates for raw milk, who controversially reject pasteurization. Tracing the liquid's diverse history from antiquity to the present, historian Mark Kurlansky details its curious and crucial role in cultural evolution, religion, nutrition, politics and economics.

by Mark Kurlansky - Essays, History, Nonfiction, Travel

Award-winning author Mark Kurlansky presents an insider's view of Havana: the elegant, tattered city he has come to know over more than 30 years. Part cultural history, part travelogue, with recipes, historic engravings, photographs, and Kurlansky's own pen-and-ink drawings throughout, HAVANA celebrates the city's singular music, literature, baseball and food; its five centuries of outstanding, neglected architecture; and its extraordinary blend of cultures.

by Mark Kurlansky - History, Nonfiction

Paper is one of the simplest and most essential pieces of human technology. For the past two millennia, the ability to produce it in ever more efficient ways has supported the proliferation of literacy, media, religion, education, commerce and art; it has formed the foundation of civilizations, promoting revolutions and restoring stability. By tracing paper’s evolution from antiquity to the present, with an emphasis on the contributions made in Asia and the Middle East, Mark Kurlansky challenges common assumptions about technology’s influence, affirming that paper is here to stay.

by Mark Kurlansky and Talia Kurlanksy - Cooking, Nonfiction

Once a week in the Kurlansky home, Mark spins a globe and wherever his daughter's finger lands becomes the theme of that Friday night's dinner. Their tradition of International Night has afforded Mark an opportunity to share with Talia the recipes, stories and insights he has collected over more than 30 years of traveling the world writing about food, culture and history, and his charming pen-and-ink drawings, which appear throughout the book.

by Mark Kurlansky - History, Music, Nonfiction

In 1964, Marvin Gaye, record producer William “Mickey” Stevenson, and Motown songwriter Ivy Jo Hunter wrote “Dancing in the Street.” The song was supposed to be an upbeat dance recording, but it became one of the icons of American pop culture. As the country grew more radicalized in the summer of 1964, “Dancing in the Street” gained currency as an activist anthem and took on new meanings for the many different groups that were all changing as the country changed.

by Mark Kurlansky - Biography, Nonfiction

From the author of COD, SALT, and other informative bestsellers, comes the first biography of Clarence Birdseye, the eccentric genius inventor whose fast-freezing process revolutionized the food industry and American agriculture.