Tuesday, April 5

The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches is Released Today!


Hundreds of millions of you who read this post today will also eat a sandwich. OK, maybe hundreds of millions of you won't read this post (it is a Tuesday, after all), but you will eat a sandwich.

Will it be a classic breakfast sandwich of tender eggs, melty cheese and crisp bacon on a toasted English muffin? A humble lunchtime ham and cheese? Perhaps it'll be a delightfully gloppy Sloppy Joe with the kids for dinner.

Everyone loves sandwiches. That's because they are among the most democratic of foods. They can be eaten in your car at lunchtime and over the kitchen sink at midnight. They can be a quick snack or a bona fide meal. Decadent or plain, six inches or six feet, sandwiches have always been filling, unfussy, honest food.

The New Yawk Reuben 

Now, there is an entire book dedicated to the glorious sandwich: Today is the official release date of The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches, written by yours truly. It was a labor of love and gluttony. (I gained five pounds while testing the sandwiches and had to upsize, um, upgrade my skinny jeans.)

The book shares recipes, history and trivia for 110 beloved sandwiches and includes over 400 variations. Each sandwich, as you can see from the images here, is accompanied by a full-color, gorgeous photo beautifully styled by Adam C. Pearson and photographed by Matt Armendariz of Matt Bites. Thank you, gentlemen, for your talent, creativity and hunger!

Wine-worthy Prosciutto and Fig Sandwich

The book would never have been as tasty without the guidance of my editor, Margaret McGuire. Thank you for your support, wisdom and humor. Many thanks to Jenny Kraemer for her fresh, stylish design and to sandwich aficionados Jane Morley and Alenxandra Bitzer for their research and editorial support.

Thank you, Food Blogga readers, for your encouragement and support. You are fabulous! Finally, thanks to my dad thanks for proudly telling every person in Rhode Island about this book. To my mom for happily testing every recipe in this book. And to Jeff, for eating every sandwich in this book. Often more than once. And for never complaining when his jeans got tight.

Pulled Pork Sandwich -- Oink! Oink! 

In The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches, you'll find cherished classics such as Peanut Butter and Jelly, Fluffernutter and the Muffuletta as well as perky up-and-comers including The Cubano, the Artisanal Grilled Cheese Sandwich and the Vietnamese Banh Mi.

The Mexican Torta. Get ready to unbutton your jeans. 

Regional favorites such as Hawaii's Spamwich, New Orleans's Po' Boy and Pittsburgh's Primanti are included along with quirky creations such as The Potato Chip Sandwich, The Chow Mein Sandwich and The Doughnut Sandwich.

The virtuous Veggie Sandwich

Belly-busters such as the Italian Hoagie, The Muffuletta and the all-American Jucy Lucy, or "inside-out" cheeseburger, share space with Skinny Sandwiches including the Grilled Portobello Sandwich, the Salmon Sandwich and The Roasted Vegetable Panini.

We all scream for Ice Cream Sandwiches!

You didn't think we'd leave out desserts, did you? The book has several sweet options including the kid-friendly Banana Split Sandwich, the adult-friendly Nutella Sandwich and everyone's favorite frosty treat, the Ice Cream Sandwich.

Whether you're a carnivore, vegetarian or omnivore, you'll find plenty of tasty options between sliced bread in The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches.

The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches, Recipes, History, and Trivia for Everything Between Sliced Bread (April 5, 2011). Published by Quirk Books and distributed by Random House, Inc.

29 comments:

KJ said...

Congratulations. When I see it on the shelf at the book store I will exclaim loudly for all nearby- Wow, it is finally here I have been waiting for this great book.

I am looking forward to reading your book and making some of the sandwiches.

Alanna Kellogg said...

Congratulations, what a beauty!

whitneyingram said...

Awesome Susan! Congratulations! I will be getting a copy!

Nicole said...

I love that you included ice cream sandwiches in your book. Each month we have a themed potluck (such as fondue, etc...)at work and once last year it was sandwiches. Everyone that it was so great that I brought homemade ice cream sandwiches for dessert. They are easily impressed!

Susie Bee on Maui said...

Congrats Susan!
Photos look very good and sounds like a great selection of sammys.

Andrea Meyers said...

Yay! Can't wait to read it, Susan.

LiztheChef said...

So happy for you - congratulations!!

nancy@skinnykitchen.com said...

Love sandwiches and eat them almost everyday either for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

rosebudz said...

Hi Susan, I am so happy for you! Can't wait to get your book..oh, and you are the only other person I know that wraps their meatloaf in bacon!My Mom did it ..I do it ..must be an Italian thing...it is great for sandwiches too!

Kathy - Panini Happy said...

Many congrats again, Susan! I've got my copy ready to review soon. Thinking about tackling that Dagwood!

Winnie said...

Congrats Susan! Looks like a fantastic book :)

Shauna said...

Susan! I just got a copy of your book the other day. It's beautiful and fabulous. Can't wait to dig into some of these recipes. Congratulations!

Liz said...

I received this book from Quirk, and I love it! I am so pleased that there are such beautiful pictures to accompany each recipe, and I have already bookmarked several recipes to try. Congratulations on the book; you should be very proud!

FOODalogue said...

They all look wonderful. Congratulations!

Srivalli said...

That's great news Susan! Hearty congratulations on the release! I am so excited and fondly remember the time we met in SFO..

110 sounds wonderful, hopefully you covered some Indian versions..LOL

DessertForTwo said...

Congrats! It looks great!

Susanne Knothe said...

Congrats! It looks overwhelmingly delicious and appealing. From the beginning on I needed to get a copy. Now I long for it even more.

I love your ideas and inspirations truly. Thx for always being fresh and a step ahead.

youngandfoodish said...

At long last, WICHOPEDIA is here! Yay!

Eve Fox said...

Looks delicious! Congrats on another lovely book -- you've been busy. Since you've got all those great photos and recipes, you might want to enter one in Saveur's home cooking contest for the month - theme is sandwiches. http://www.saveur.com/RecipeContest/recipe-upload.jsp

cinderelly said...

oh yum. those sammiches look soooo good! (i posted a link on my blog for the fenway sandwich, btw.) :]

The Teacher Cooks said...

Congratulations to you Susan! I cannot wait to get my hands on this one.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Awesome! You had me at sandwiches, but you really sold me at dessert sandwiches. :-)

The photos are beyond gorgeous!

Suzanne said...

Fantastic mouth watering images! Congrats!

grace said...

congrats, susan--it really is an outstanding book!

Magic of Spice said...

Congratulations!!!
Have it saved :)

Healthy Mamma said...

I had a huge smile on my tired face while reading this. I'm so excited for you. Again, yours is the first blog I fell in love with...before I even knew what a blog was! ;)
I've become totally bored w my plain Jane turkey sammies so this book is very exciting for me.
I've been anxiously awaiting for a copy to review from Eric, if I see one before then I'll surely grab it.

Chaya said...

Congratulations. This sounds like a book that should be in every home. We all eat sandwiches.

Much success with this.

cajunlicious said...

Congrats! Just came across your wonderful blog and am a new follower!!!
- Jessica
http://cajunlicious.blogspot.com

Cynthia said...

Congratulations Susan! It's on the wish list and soon will be in the shopping cart!

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