In European cooking, salt reigned supreme, and pepper was one of many spices used in heavily seasoned dishes. When they met, they were destined to be. Or, rather, it was destined that they would meet. Theo Crazzolara/Flickr hide caption toggle caption Theo Crazzolara/Flickr The Salt How Did Salt And Pepper Become The Soulmates Of Western Cuisine? February 2, 2018 The two flavors are mainstays on nearly every Western dining table, but their dominance was far from inevitable. In fact, their dual reign resulted from a "weird accident of history."