History of Sandwiches
Did You Know?...
…that bread has been eaten with any meat or vegetables since
ancient Jewish sage Hillel the Elder is said to have placed meat
from the Paschal lamb and bitter herbs between two pieces of
matzah (or flat, unleavened bread) during Passover?
…that during the Middle Ages, thick slabs of coarse and
usually stale bread, called "trenchers", were used as plates?
…that after a meal, the food-soaked trencher was fed to a dog
or to beggars, or eaten by the diner?
Trenchers were the precursors of open-face sandwiches?.
…that the immediate cultural
precursor with a direct connection to the English sandwich was to
be found in the Netherlands of the 17th century, where the
naturalist John Ray observed that in the taverns beef hung from
the rafters "which they cut into thin slices and eat with bread
and butter laying the slices upon the butter" - explanatory
specifications that reveal the Dutch belegde broodje was as yet
unfamiliar in England?
…that Initially perceived as
food men shared while gaming and drinking at night, the sandwich
slowly began appearing in polite society as a late-night meal
among the aristocracy.
…that the sandwich's
popularity in Spain and England increased dramatically during the
19th century, when the rise of an industrial society and the
working classes made fast, portable, and inexpensive meals
…that it was at the same
time that the sandwich finally began to appear outside of Europe.
…that in the United States,
the sandwich was first promoted as an elaborate meal at supper.
…that by the early 20th
century, as bread became a staple of the American diet, the
sandwich became the same kind of popular, quick meal as was
already widespread in the Mediterranean.
Do You Know? ...
(née McWilliams; August 15, 1912 – August 13, 2004) was an
American chef, author, and television personality. She
is recognized for introducing French cuisine to the American
public with her debut cookbook, Mastering the Art of French
Cooking, and her subsequent television programs, the most
notable of which was The French Chef, which
premiered in 1963?
Did You Know?...that Famous Chefs