Food: Sandwiches: Eating From Hand to Mouth

Adaptable, Efficient and Delicious, They Suit the National Style

"Just a sandwich" may be a standard reply to the what-would-you-like-to-eat question, but clearly in America there is no "just" about a sandwich. Nowhere else in the world are sandwiches taken so seriously, and nowhere else do they make up so large and diverse a culinary discipline. Passions run high in defense of personal favorites and the proper way to make them: Should the bread that holds tuna salad be white or rye, plain or toasted? Is mayonnaise, Russian dressing, butter or mustard the correct spread for ham or turkey or roast beef? Does lettuce have any place at all in...

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