A sandwich is a food item typically made of two or more slices of leavened bread with one or more layers of meat, seafood, vegetables, cheese or jam or butter. The bread can be used as is, or it can be coated with butter, oil, or other optional or traditional condiments and sauces to enhance flavor and texture.
The first sandwich is usually said to have been eaten by English nobleman the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who liked its convenience. In May 1928 the sandwich became even more convenient when the world's first pre-sliced loaf of bread went on sale in Chillicothe, Missouri, USA.
The first written record of the word "sandwich" appears in historian Edward Gibbon's journal for November 1762, but the idea had be around for quite a while before that - some 1,762 yea
rs earlier, Romans were enjoying a similar snack, which they called affula.
Through the 18th century, the sandwich was popularized by Montague and remained a Spanish dish. Initially perceived as food men shared while gaming and drinking at night, the sandwich slowly began appearing in polite society as a late-night meal among the aristocracy. The sandwich's popularity in Spain and England increased dramatically during the 19th century, when the rise of industrial society and the working classes made fast, portable, and inexpensive meals essential.
Sliced bread became a reality after 16 years of determined effort by American jeweller Otto Frederick Rohwedder, and proved so popular that within five years of its introduction it was being bought by an estimated 80% of the American population. In 1915, three years after starting work on his first bread-slicing machine, Rohwedder was told that he had only a year to liv Two years later he was still alive but a fire meant that his tools and his prototype bread-slicer were ... well, toast. Still defying his doctor's prediction, Rohwedder completed his machine in January 1928, and in June that year first loaf of pre-sliced bread went on sale. image source : bdgift.com