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“Food porn at its finest” Huffington Post

“’I try to capture the view of a sandwich right before you take a bite.’”
Jon Chonko, Food & Wine
 
“Spectacular scans of sandwiches, sliced crosswire to reveal their mouthwatering innards.”
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“’The sandwich has never appeared more sublime…and that's why we love the site: for its commitment to proving the beauty inherent in a food that's often overlooked aesthetically, and for teaching us how to look at sandwiches in a whole new way.”
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"The Best Thing Between Sliced Bread"
-The Wall Street Journal

"This highly unusual and unique book is so excellent it is in a class of its own."
-San Francisco & Sacramento Book Review

About the Author

Jon Chonko is a graphic designer, photographer, writer, and unashamed foodie. The direct result of a good first date between his parents at a sandwich shop many years ago, Chonko has spent the last two years scouring New York’s delis, cafes, and markets for the city’s most eye-catching sandwiches. In the process Chonko has become an expert on all-things-between-bread and a (very) minor Internet celebrity thanks to his blog scanwiches.com. His unique take on sandwiches has been featured in many publications, including Wired, The New York Times, Print, and The Washington Post as well as in person at ROLFcon 2009 at MIT. Besides sandwiches, Chonko is an avid cyclist and kite enthusiast. He lives with his girlfriend and their cat in Brooklyn, New York.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157687589X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576875896
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #724,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By George Erdosh on November 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This highly unusual and unique book is so excellent as to be in a class of its own. It is not a cookbook--there no cooking involved (well, just a little here and there like frying bacon), and it is not a coffee table book because of its unlikely small size for a coffee table. Yet it is a book you want to own both to enjoy for reading its superb text, and to enjoy slowly flipping through the pages for the great photos.||The author lists 68 sandwiches in alphabetic order in the Table of Contents with thumbnail photos above the names. He prepared each of these sandwiches, cut them in half, placed them cut side down on a scanner and their scanned images now appear under their entry. They are imaginative, unique, and each is accompanied by text worth careful reading (not just scanning). The background of pages are squid-ink black, the text white (yet easy to read). Under many sandwiches interesting tips, trivia and variations appear. Additional illustrations are also excellent. Next to French Dip sandwiches, e.g., sketches illustrate, step 1: dip; step 2: bite; step 3: repeat. Even if you hate sandwiches, this book is highly recommended.
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By J. Baxter on November 8, 2011
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A lot of blogs that become books just re-print a bunch of old stuff and call it a day. Not Scanwiches. If the blog is just about drooling over sexy sandwich scans, the book is about drooling over sexy sandwich scans AND learning. Read it for the articles! Scanwiches is packed with sandwich facts, sandwich history, and sandwich recipes. It's a great gift for anyone who eats food.
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What is crazy about this book is that it gives you a new appreciation for sandwiches. The author deconstructs the sandwiches and makes you just want every one of them.

Some people say this is not a coffee table book, but this is totally a leave it out for others to see book. Awesome!!
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68 sandwiches, beautifully photographed (or strictly speaking, scanned), presented with a list of ingredients, and a sidebar-length description and history; no recipes, but then few of these sandwiches are difficult to make, unless you have your heart set on a Muffaletta or a Pan Bagnat. Food tourism at its mouthwatering best.
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Scanwiches surprises on every level. Not only are the cross-sections mouth-wateringly delicious (literally making up words - that good) BUT Chonko's descriptions and historical backgrounds are effortlessly charming and funny. Never did I expect to open a book about sandwiches and laugh out loud.

I would 100% recommend as a coffee table book or-more appropriately-as inspiration for your cooking adventures. Chonko started his blog as a personal challenge to liven up his lunch break, vowing never to scan the same sandwich twice. Personally my eyes have been opened and my tummy is so grateful. Scanwiches is THE Bible for all food junkies and enthusiasts.

It's little wonder why this book is so widely publicized, perfect holiday, graduation....scratch that, PERFECT GIFT, period!
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The book was mediocre I expected more burgers and sandwiches than the book offered. I will look online for what i need rather than use what the book has to offer. I wouldn't recommend it unless you are looking for a coffee table book.
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