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A quiz on the history of sandwiches

August in National Panini month, honoring the lightly grilled, trendy sandwich that Americans have come to love over that past few decades. Instead of just focusing on just one sandwich though, we would like to present the entirety of the sandwich universe. Therefore, we’ve come up with up with a short quiz about them. What exactly is a Muffaletta Sandwich anyway?

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What’s there to know about sandwiches? Well, let’s start with the fact that today in the 21st century they’re being consumed in some form in almost every country in the world. Not to mention, by 1986 it was estimated that the average high school student consumed a whopping 1500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before they even walked across the stage for graduation. Why don’t you dive into the quiz and find out what you really know?

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Andrew F. Smith teaches culinary history and professional food writing at The New School University in Manhattan. He is the Editor-in-chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, Second Edition. He serves as a consultant to several food television productions (airing on the History Channel and the Food Network), and is the General Editor for the University of Illinois Press’ Food Series. He has written several books on food, including The Tomato in America, Pure Ketchup, and Popped Culture: A Social History of Popcorn in America.

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Image credit: Girl eating a sandwich at Camp Goodwill 1905. Chicago Daily News, Inc., photographer. Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago History Museum. Public domain via Library of Congress.

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