August is National Sandwich Month!

Hamburger is a very common food in the United ...Image via WikipediaSandwiches became part of the national cuisine in 1840 when Elizabeth Leslie Cook included a sandwich recipe in her cookbook that it appeared in the local cuisine of the United States.

Since then it has become a fact that "the average U.S. citizen eats about 200 sandwiches a year and the average child will consume an estimated 1,500 peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches before graduating high school."

I suppose August is as good a time as any to eat a sandwich, maybe at the beach, or in the car while taking a road trip.  Speaking of road trips, you might want to bring along Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma. The first fourth of the book focuses on a petroleum-based sandwich, ordered at a drive-in and eaten in the car.

Meanwhile, some toothy quotes:
  • "I have made it a rule never to eat more than one sandwich at a time." -- Mark Twain
  • "A sandwich eaten is a sandwich earned." -- Ben Franklin
  • "No man ever consumes the same sandwich twice, for it's not the same sandwich and he's not the same man." -- Heraclitus
  • "Two pieces of bread, or not two pieces of bread: that is the question" - Shakespeare

Here's a recap of my sandwich reviews for restaurants in Portland, Oregon:
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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous3:25 PM

    So...why do you write about sandwiches so often? -Greg