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Contents Acknowledgements Introduction An American Sandwich Timeline Great American Sandwiches by State Index

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Great recipes fromv all 50 States.

Where is the best place in the West to get a French Dip? The best place in the South if you have a hankering for a pimiento cheese? What is P B & J Bama Cristo? Whether for breakfast, lunch, or supper, the recipes in this book offer the best from each of the 50 states. Along with tidbits of sandwich lore and state history, AMerican Sandwich is the perfect combination of food, ffacts, and fun. It's a book that's sure to hit the spot!

Based on the PBS special "Sandwiches That You Will Like," produced by WQED Multimedia, Pittsburgh.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; 1 edition (October 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586854704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586854706
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #885,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Terry Sunday TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 12, 2010
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If you've ever watched PBS at pledge time, there's a good chance you've had the pleasure of seeing Rick Sebak's incredible gustatory extravaganza called "Sandwiches That You Will Like." This available-on-DVD program "toasts" many delicious, mouth-watering, tastebud-tempting, bread-and-filling creations from local eateries around the country, such as lobster rolls at Red's Eats in Wiscasset, Maine, chipped-ham "slammers" at Isaly's in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and hot browns at the Camberley Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Watching Mr. Sebak's nationwide odyssey to find America's best sandwiches is guaranteed to rev up your appetite.

"American Sandwich" is kind of a companion volume to Mr. Sebak's masterpiece--it includes some of the same memorable, droolworthy sandwiches--but it is actually much more. While Mr. Sebak took a "shotgun" approach in his travels around the country, "American Sandwich" goes it one better by featuring recipes for one hallmark sandwich each from all 50 states.

After a short introduction to the mystique of sandwiches, and a brief timeline tracing the rising popularity of sandwiches in American culinary culture, author Becky Mercuri gets to the "meat" of the matter. Alphabetized by state, she covers each signature sandwich in two to four readable, well-laid-out pages that, in addition to the recipe, contain other interesting, useful tidbits. Each sandwich gets a sidebar that describes its origin and history--the story of the muffaletta, for example, takes up a whole page of the Louisiana section. There's a "Where to Go" entry (sometimes more than one) with the address of the best place to sample the sandwich when you're on the road.
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This book is okay, but some of the choices are Waaaaaaaay off. Kansas could be a Hot beef. Massachusetts - ever heard of a fluffernutter? Nebraska - how about a Reuben or better yet a Runza? Arkansas - how about a War Eagle Mill?
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This cookbook has a story for every recipe. Since the recipes are organized by state, there are lots of regional specialties (i.e. lobster roll, hot browns). The recipes are very much along the lines of Road Food Sanwiches, and if you own that cookbook, then you will find a lot of overlap with this book.
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If you are looking for a book with recipes for those classic American staple sandwiches this is it. Not only will you find the better known Reuben, French dip, Philly cheesesteak etc, there are other recipes from around the country that you probably have never heard of. If you are interested in the actual history of each recipe, you will find that here as well. Great buy!
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As a foodie I find this very interesting. It's an easy read, historical & educational. You'll want to look up what sandwich is " your state". Then you might actually go to the kitchen and make it. Excuse me, I've got to go make a pork tenderloin sandwich.
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