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Making Salt

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Standout food blog Not Without Salt hits the ocean to craft some salt

In restaurant and home kitchens around the world, artisanal salts are surging in popularity. As lovers of the white stuff, we're right on board. But actually making the stuff ourselves? That seems, well, hard. Not Without Salt, one of our favorite food blogs, is all about the goodness of salted things. The anonymous young mom behind the blog -- a great cook, writer, and photographer -- recently......read more

Salt Land

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Saltmarshes of Guerande photographed by Paul Morin

In the boggy region around Guerande, a medieval town on the Breton coast of northwest France, the seawater circulates inland via a vast network of canals and basins. When the tide retreats, the sun and wind work to evaporate the water, crystallizing the salt into maybe the most highly prized sea salt in the world: Fleur de Sel de Guérande. Photographer Paul Morin visited Guerande and......read more

Fantastical Salt Sculptures by Motoi Yamamoto

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Japanese artist creates breathtakingly complex works from a simple household material

To us brutish North Americans, salt is just a spice that makes food taste good. To the Japanese, it carries deep symbolic meaning as an essential element for purifying body and soul during death rituals. Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto starting making his intricate, maze-like "saltworks" after the untimely passing of his sister due to brain cancer. Traces of brain scans and......read more

Par Cork Salt & Pepper Shakers

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Season sustainably with these minimal shakers in cork and glass $50.00

Exotic seasonings often steal the limelight from plain ol' salt and pepper, but it is the latter two that act as the bedrock of good flavor. Portuguese cork house Materia teamed with Japan's Nendo studio to create "Par," a salt-and-pepper shaker pair in agglomerated cork and glass. Par works to keep salt and pepper in check, with the cork piece acting as a stand that keeps the contents......read more

America's Dead Sea

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Jim Lo Scalzo's Salton Sea short is a beautiful document of an eco calamity

In "America's Dead Sea," award-winning photojournalist Jim Lo Scalzo serves up a beautiful but disturbing document of the Salton Sea, the heavily polluted saline lake southeast of Los Angeles. Lo Scalzo manages to find a fresh perspective on the notorious, much photographed sea, which was formed  in a desert basin when the Colorado River flooded just over 100 years ago. With no outflow, and......read more

Citrus Ginger Sea Salt Spray

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An exceptional, all-natural hair styling product from Cold Spring Apothecary $23.00

Cold Spring Apothecary, a beauty company based in Hudson Valley, NY, creates naturally-derived hair and skin products that are as mindful of the well-being of the environment as they are of the people that used them. The brand's most popular styling product is this Citrus Ginger Sea Salt Spray, featuring magnesium-rich sea salts that build volume and create random, undone texture without the......read more

Conceptual Photos of Bolivia by Scarlett Hooft Graafland

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Dutch artist combines photography and installation on the Bolivian salt flats

Inspired by “the wonder of creating situations that have never existed before and will probably never exist again," Dutch artist Scarlett Hooft Graafland ventures deep into remote territories to create strange, captivating images that combine photography with performance and installation. From 2010 through 2011 her place of work was the Bolivian Altiplano, where she incorporated local......read more

Salt & Pepper Cellars by Rae Dunn

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Lovely ceramic spice containers handmade in San Francisco $48.00

Berkeley, CA-based ceramicist Rae Dunn operates on both sides of the imaginary line between art and craft. Her work, which ranges from custom-designed housewares to large-scale sculptures, is woven together by common themes like the beauty of simple shapes and natural forms. These square-shaped salt and pepper cellars display both in spades. Made of creamy-glazed porcelain and adorned with......read more

Want Safer and Cheaper Solar Panels? Just Add Salt

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Researchers switch out a toxic chemical in solar cells for a salt found in tofu

Solar power may be one of the cleanest energy sources, but one way of producing solar cells is actually quite toxic. A new study points to a safer and cheaper method, using an ingredient that is also used to make tofu. Researchers at the University of Liverpool discovered that a salt used to produce the fermented bean curd, as well as to de-ice roads, could be a new ingredient in making solar......read more

Onsombil, "LOSTiNSOUND"

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What does sound look like? Director Edward Saltau demonstrates.

New Zealand jazz-hoppers Onsombil hit up fellow Kiwi Edward Saltau to direct this amazing short for "LOSTiNSOUND," off their self-titled full length released late last year. “Meandering through the shapes of sound this music video leaves the most intriguing stones unturned even as it visualizes the physical essence of music. Shot on location in Stockholm under near perfect atmospheric......read more

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