We all know about sandwiches named for celebrities, a stellar example being the “Woody Allen,” a ridiculously huge conglomeration of pastrami, and corned beef on rye which is served at the Carnegie Deli in New York. Well, what about sandwiches inspired by all matters literary? Last October, the New Yorker ran a short article on its blog page on just this topic. The idea is that you invent a sandwich that suggests a particular book or author. I thought it looked like fun and decided to give it a try. Here are my own spins on the concept.
The Great Gatsby – Baked spiced ham and bewitched turkey on bread that no one knows exactly how the host came to possess. Serve with a salad of harlequin design and lots of bathtub gin.
Oliver Twist – Plain bread. One slice. What do you mean you want more?
Pride and Prejudice – Oh, I think we had the cold mutton and tea afterward, but my dear, did you see the ribbons on her hat? Has she been so long in the country that she’s forgotten how one dresses in Town?
The Catcher in the Rye – Regular bread. Regular ham. Mayo, but no fancy mustard or chutney. I mean, what the heck is chutney anyway? All I’m saying is I don’t want anything phony. Oh, maybe it doesn’t matter. I mean, people never notice anything.
Nineteen Eighty-Four – State issued bread filled with the stuff of your worst nightmares, and you’d better eat all of it because you-know-who is watching.
The Old Man and the Sea – Cuban bread topped with a REALLY BIG piece of fish. You’ll have to fight off the sharks to get it though.
Why don’t you give it a try? Believe me, it’s really fun once you get started. Also, if you’re into the sandwich as art form, don’t miss the website Scanwiches which consists entirely of scanned cross sections of sandwiches of all sorts. The text is minimal and the images are strangely beautiful floating against a black backdrop. As these things seem to happen, there will be a tie-in book released on National Sandwich Day which this year is November 3rd.