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Friday, November 03, 2006

Sandwich Day

November 3 marks the birthday of John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, born in 1718. He is credited with inventing the food staple that consists of meat, vegetable or cheese between two slices of bread. However, it’s more likely he lent his title to a food item that already existed. According to Wikipedia, the ancient Jewish sage Hillel the Elder created a form of sandwich when he put meat from the Paschal lamb and bitter herbs inside matzo (or flat bread) during Passover. On the other hand, it’s probable that matzo was soft back in the 1st Century BC, and what Hillel invented was actually a wrap.

Check out:

Beautiful Breads and Fabulous Fillings: The Best Sandwiches in America by Margaux Sky.

Nancy Silverton’s Sandwich Book: The Best Sandwiches Ever From Thursday Nights at Campanile by Nancy Silverton.

Vegetarian Sandwiches: Fresh Fillings for Slices, Pockets, Wraps and Rolls by Paulette Mitchell.

Wrap It Up: 100 Fresh, Bold and Bright Sandwiches With a Twist by Amy Colter.

Speaking of food -- sandwiches and otherwise -- Jane and Michael Stern, authors of “Two for the Road,” a monthly column in Gourmet magazine, as well as Roadfood and Eat Your Way Across the USA, will share their expertise on delicious holiday menus, giving food and wine as gifts, and more at 7:30 p.m. on November 8 at the Fairfax County Government Center. To sign up for this free event, call 703-324-8428 or e-mail libraryevents@fairfaxcounty.gov. Books will be available for sale and signing courtesy of Barnes & Noble - Tysons Corner.

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