July 09, 2007

Join The Club

For those of you with a penchant for meals involving bread – or a lot of spare time on your hands – why not check out The British Sandwich Association: "the voice of the British sandwich industry". Their goals include:
•To safeguard the integrity of the sandwich industry
•To promote excellence and innovation in sandwich making
•To promote the consumption of sandwiches
If you're a little confused by all this sandwich talk, well, they can help you there, too. Just what is a sandwich, anyway?
The British Sandwich Association defines a sandwich as: Any form of bread with a filling, generally assembled cold - to include traditional wedge sandwiches, as well as filled rolls, baguettes, pitta, bloomers, wraps, bagels and the like, but not burgers and other products assembled and consumed hot. Hot eating sandwiches are also included.
Honestly, though, you really should spend some time perusing the site. It is so adorably earnest about sandwiches in all their varied forms, it's impossible not to be pleasantly entertained. I particularly recommend the "Sandwich Features, News & Funnies" section of the discussion board, which includes possibly the best summary of the sandwich's history that I have ever read (not, admittedly, that it has much competition):
The humble sandwich was invented in 1762 by the earl of the same name, John Mantagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, as a convenient snack that he could eat without disrupting his gambling.
Because I've had so many poker games ruined by an ill-timed beef stroganoff. Yeesh. God bless you, Earl of Sandwich!

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