The Ultimate Sandwich: 100 Classic Sandwiches From Reuben To Po’boy And Everything In Between by Jonas Cramby

5057b305d847e58.jpg Author Jonas Cramby
Isbn 9781909815841
File size 27.9 MB
Year 2015
Pages 176
Language English
File format PDF
Category cookbooks


Photography: Roland Persson Contents I HATE SANDWICHES… LAYERS OF CURIOSITY PAIN DE MIE MARBLE RYE SCONES AND MUFFINS BAGUETTES SICILIAN LOAF STEAMED BUNS BRIOCHE ICE-CREAM SANDWICHES THE SANDWICH LOVER’S NEW YORK INDEX ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ‘THEN CAME THE LOW CARB DIET, IN WHICH BREAD WAS THE GREAT WHITE SATAN.’ I ALSO LOVE THEM. It happened like this. Growing up I had a constantly ongoing conflict with my family, which in some way might be the basis for my ambivalent attitude towards sandwiches today. Every time my parents bought fresh bread, they would hide it away in the cupboard, as we ‘must finish off the old first’. Perhaps this sounded clever in theory, but the consequence was that when the old bread was finally finished, the new one had also turned dry and boring – resulting in us never being able to eat fresh, tasty bread. It was a vicious circle of bread (a croissant?) that eventually made me develop a hatred of sandwiches. I thought they were dry and boring and something that one would force oneself to get through, like the culinary answer to a vocabulary test. Of course, my prejudices towards sandwiches didn’t improve when I moved away from home, when sandwiches became loveless fast food that I’d scoff down in between two meetings. I ate them from a plastic wrap, stuffed with a lump of mayo-drenched filling and a wilted lettuce leaf that smelled like it does in between your toes. At cafés it was almost worse; there you’d get served tough and dry ciabatta bread with an ice-cold lump of margarine (not even spread out), rolled-up slices of pre-cut cheese and either a quarter of a standard tomato or a whole small one – and then, just to make sure no one gets offended, an inedible stalk of parsley on the top. If there’s just one detail that really says something about our attitude towards lunch sandwiches, it’s those quarters of vegetables that we put on them – can we not even be bothered to slice our peppers and tomatoes properly? Don’t we think it’s worth another thirty seconds of preparation time to achieve a more even distribution of vegetables? I can almost get offended when I am served a sandwich like that. It’s like it’s saying: ‘I hate my job and despise you for eating here.’ Then the low-carb diet came along, and bread was suddenly the great white Satan. TV dieticians dramatically threw sandwiches in the bin and exclaimed: ‘I don’t call them slices of bread, I call them slices of dead’. When we finally realised that these people were actually raving mad, the next big blow hit the sandwich culture: the sourdough trend. Don’t get me wrong; I love sourdough bread. I think it’s beautiful, tasty and a nice little hobby to have. But whereas sandwiches are all about the whole, most of the rustic sourdough breads are just ‘me, me, me’ all the time. It’s almost impossible to eat them with anything else than a slice of cheese or a dollop of marmalade. They have big holes in them so you’re pretty much buttering the chopping board rather than the bread; they tear your palate open and are so compact and chewy that whichever filling you throw in them is quickly forced into submission. The sourdough loaf is, simply put, a diva, an individualist, while the bread required for a really good sandwich has to be a team player. Because, as I said, a sandwich is all about the whole – about neither the bread nor the filling nor the condiment taking over. They are a perfect example of solidarity. When you eat food from a plate you can combine together a good mouthful yourself, while in a sandwich you’ll need an absolutely perfect balance between flavour and texture from the very beginning in each individual bite. And this might be the reason for our shabby sandwich culture: that we underrate the sandwich. We think we can just throw one together with the fridge door still open, when in fact, making a great sandwich is something of an art form. The first time I realised what a sandwich could really mean was at the seafront in Nice on the French Riviera. I was probably six or seven years old and my parents had bought me a caprese baguette from one of the small sandwich shops that were everywhere. When I took the first crispy bite and felt how the soft, freshly made mozzarella counterbalanced the acidity and sweetness of the sun-blushed tomatoes and the bite of the black pepper, it was as though a veil had lifted from my vision, and at once I realised that the world was so much bigger and more beautiful than just a dry flatbread with spreadable liver pâté. It was as if that caprese sandwich said: ‘Hey, you, I’ve made a sandwich that I’m very proud of – fancy a bite?’ Since then, I’ve mostly searched for, and found, my sandwich highs when I’ve been away from my home in Sweden. Because almost everywhere you end up in the world there are varieties of the portable, cheap – but above all tasty – sandwich. To eat smørrebrød and get daytime boozy in Copenhagen is one of the finer things in life. So is eating a pastrami on rye at a deli in New York, a croque at a café in Paris or a bao from a street stall in Taiwan. And despite the fact we might not have much of a lunch sandwich culture to speak of in Sweden, yet we are excellent when it comes to good-quality ingredients and classic food crafts like making sausage, cheese and pâtés. And perhaps it’s from there we’ll have to move on if we want to get better at making sandwiches. Because that’s what we want, right? Now, I don’t want to overstate the importance of the sandwich, but there is almost an existential dimension in a really well composed sandwich. To dig your teeth into one of those is what makes you start asking questions like: Why do we so often neglect the things that actually feed us? Why can we spend an enormous effort, and vast sums of money, on Saturday dinner, but still accept plastic-wrapped mayonnaise bombs for weekday lunch? Why do we save the fresh bread in order to finish off the old one first? When the answer really is, as the musician Warren Zevon said on his deathbed: ‘Enjoy every sandwich’. – Jonas Cramby LAYERS OF CURIOSITY THIS COOKBOOK IS meant to be layered, meaning that you can choose either to make your sandwiches completely from scratch or buy all the ingredients in a shop and then assemble them at home – or do something in between. Take, for example, this picture. The bacon, you can smoke yourself or buy. The bread, you can bake or pick up from an artisan baker. The same for the mustard, the mayo, the butter – yes, even the chopping board. Where you draw your line on what’s worth doing is, of course, up to you. But before you put your jacket on and go off to nearest deli, consider the following. Quite apart from the fact that it’s a whole lot tastier to prepare the food yourself, it’s also cheaper, it’s more sustainable and makes you more aware of possible additives – and gives you the chance to avoid them. It makes people that you love happy, and then there’s that simple joy of standing by the work surface, humming, and actually creating stuff with your own hands. Then, let’s not forget, an interest in food is, to a great extent, also about curiosity. Perhaps you won’t make your own mozzarella every time you make home-made pizza for a Friday night in, but perhaps you’ll want to try it out at least once, so that you know how it works. Yet people who weren’t blessed with this kind of curiosity will never understand why you’re doing this. ‘How can you be bothered?’ they’ll ask, and some might even get provoked and perhaps call you a nerd or a foodie, or claim that your interest for food only stems from that ambiguous idea of status – as if that would be the only drive that exists. They will take your hobbies as a personal offence. But before you get offended at their attitude, think about how boring it must be to live that way; to regard food, which at its very core actually is life, as something that’s not worth doing properly. So instead of becoming angry, I think you should pat these people on the back and say, with just a hint of condescension: ‘It will all be okay, mate’. That you take the moral high-ground doesn’t mean, of course, that you ought to make them any of the sandwiches in this book. They can make their own damn sandwich. Pain de MIE This French classic is the original sandwich bread and a predecessor to supermarket additive-packed batch loaves – just tremendously tastier, healthier and certainly better looking. The butter will add a bit of a brioche taste to the bread, which has a beautiful crust and perfect crunch when toasted. Bake a batch and keep it pre-sliced in the freezer, like a turbo-fuelled breakfast toast, or use it as a base for one of this chapter’s sandwiches. Pain de mie Grilled cheese with tomato soup Croque madame Blt (BACON LETTUCE TOMATO) Club sandwich ‘Nutella’ spread sandwich Peanut butter and jelly sandwich Bourbon French Toast FROM SCRATCH: KETCHUP FROM SCRATCH: MUSTARD FROM SCRATCH: MAYONNAISE

Author Jonas Cramby Isbn 9781909815841 File size 27.9 MB Year 2015 Pages 176 Language English File format PDF Category Cookbooks Book Description: FacebookTwitterGoogle+TumblrDiggMySpaceShare At last a cookbook that affords the modest sandwich all the respect it deserves, from BLTs to banh mis When John Montagu, the fourth Duke of Sandwich, got the brilliant idea of putting slices of cold meat between two pieces of bread, he not only invented the first, really modern meal, he created a global obsession. Today there are variations of the portable, cheap (but, above all, good) sandwich in most cultures and it is about time a book appeared that takes the subject seriously. In more than 90 recipes, this book teaches such skills as how to make perfect versions of classics such as the Club Sandwich, Reuben, and BLT, and teaches readers all they need to know about exotic sandwiches such as Mufflettas, Tortas, Po’boys, and Banh mis. Sandwiches describes sandwich history, sandwich philosophy, how you bake the perfect bread, how to make your own cheese, and cured and cooked meats, and which are the accessories and kitchen equipment every sandwich lover ought to have at home. Recipes include dual measurements.     Download (27.9 MB) Good Cooking: The New Basics How To Make Perfect Panini Good Home Cooking: Make It, Don’t Buy It! Enjoy Real Food at Home Fine Cooking Comfort Food: 200 Delicious Recipes for Soul-Warming Meals The Working Class Foodies Cookbook Load more posts

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