Forgive the bad pun, but we had to do something to get your attention. If you’re like us down here in the South, August really isn’t your favorite month. It’s hot, like really hot, and not to mention humid. And, well, August usually means back to school and summer’s end. But, we now have our silver lining — it’s National Sandwich Month!
Now before you go out and order your favorite sando, first a little history lesson. According to the experts (yes, there are sandwich experts) the official written use of the English word “sandwich” dates back to 18th Century England and was named after eighteenth-century aristocrat John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich. The word first appeared in a journal owned by Edward Gibbon referring to a “sandwich” as “bits of cold meat”.
Sandwiches officially debuted in American cookbooks in the early 19th Century with avant garde fillings like fruit, shellfish, nuts and mushrooms. By the end of the 19th century, sandwiches were everywhere with many of them earning their own names like the “club sandwich”, the “BLT” and the“Reuben”. Things really took off in the late 1920’s with Gustav Papendick’s invention that made it possible to slice and package bread. Sandwich lovers were finally free to concoct their sandwiches as they pleased.
Today sandwiches are everywhere, in almost every country. There’s the Philly Cheesesteak, the Cubano, the Croque Monsieur, the Falafel and the Shawarma. Then there’s the South’s almighty tomato sandwich. (The Bitter Southerner shows us the proper way to make the Southern staple.) We could list sandwiches all day, but we want you to go out and welcome National Sandwich Month at your favorite sando shop. Need help finding one? CurEaters like Piedmont Durham’s John May have made lists of the best sandwich shops in their community.
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