A seasoned gift
Salt is so much more than a drink rimmer or a chip’s sidekick. Mark Bitterman explores the nuanced properties of this seasoning in his book Salted: A Manifesto on the World’s Most Essential Mineral. Serving as “selmelier” at Portland, Oregon’s The Meadow, a critically acclaimed artisan-product boutique, Bitterman has channeled his far-reaching knowledge into a field guide to artisan salts, including the history of salt making, a reference guide, and a compilation of specialty recipes. Salted profiles 80 varieties of salt, ranging from the fleur de sel harvested from Celtic salt making plantations to exotic rock salts found in the Sahara. The practical application portion includes recipes for everything from mango salsa with Hawaiian black lava salt to salt crust–roasted partridge with figs and chocolate. SALTED is available in stores and online for $35, from Ten Speed Press.