1. Sandwiches started off as food for gamblers. It was named after the Earl of Sandwich after beordered some beef between two pieces of toasted bread so that he could continue playingcards while he ate, and after that people started ordering "the same as Sandwich". Otheraccounts say he ordered it while hard at work in his study. Food historians are keen to point outhe didnt invent the sandwich, but rather came across the concept during his travels in theEastern Mediterranean, where he saw Greeks and Turks eat pitta with meat and otheringredients. In fact, the tradition of placing bitter herbs, fruit and spices between two pieces ofmatzoh dates back to the first century (now known as the Hillel sandwich after Rabbi Hillel, whoate the first recorded sandwich). However, the Earl did elevate the sandwich from a peasantsfood to one fit for aristocracy.Fascinating Factsabout the Sandwich
2. When the sandwich was first introduced to the US, it was promoted as an elaborate eveningmeal; Elizabeth Leslie, an English woman, introduced them to American palates in 1840. In herrecipe book she has a recipe for a ham sandwich.3. Chicken salad is the UKs favourite sandwich, while ham is the most popular in the US. Peanutbutter and jelly is another favourite American institution, first eaten by US soldiers, constructedout of their rations.4. The famous Club Sandwich: chicken, bacon, tomatoes, lettuce and mayonnaise, originated inAmerican country clubs in the late 1890s. It was a favourite of Edward VIII and his wife WallisSimpson.5. The record for creating the most expensive sandwich ever made is claimed by chef TomBridge, whose Lancaster Cheese Sandwich was sold on ebay in 2006 for £345. The creationincluded white Umbrian truffles at £1,700 per kilo.