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Posted: 01-Nov-2004, 01:19 PM
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NEW YORK (Wireless Flash) -- This year, Americans will eat almost 200 sandwiches apiece.

That's not a prediction, that's an actual statistic from "The Sandwich Lady," Becky Mercuri, author of the new book, "American Sandwich" (Gibbs Smith).

She says the average American gobbles 193 sandwiches every year -- adding up to 45 billion consumed across the country annually.

It's National Sandwich Day this Wednesday (Nov. 3), the birth date of the Earl of Sandwich, an 18th century nobleman who ate meat between bread so he could have one hand free to play cards.

Mercuri says although the Earl gave the sandwich its name, humans have been eating them since grain was first cultivated in 9000 B.C.

But she says America is truly the land of sandwiches and her book highlights regional specialties like Maine Lobster Rolls, New York deli Reubens and Missouri's St. Paul Sandwich -- an egg foo yung patty on white bread with mayo.



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Posted: 06-Nov-2004, 11:24 AM
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Hey I'm from St. Louis Missouri and never heard of the St. Paul sandwich. Though that's not surprising. Everything else around here is "saint" something.

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Here in Chicago, they're not called "sandwiches"; they're called "sammitches" biggrin.gif .

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