Collectively, by one estimate, Americans wolf down about 45 billion sandwiches a year. Each day, according to a 2014 study, half of all American adults eat at least one sandwich. And a lot of us even start our mornings with sandwiches: one report found that 46 percent of breakfasts ordered at restaurants consisted of sandwiches. They’re particularly popular because we can eat them in our cars.
Sandwiches traditionally are the food of the busy, the hurried, and the on-the-go. The word sandwich, according to the authoritative Oxford English Dictionary, comes from the overly preoccupied John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, “who once spent twenty-four hours at the gaming-table without other refreshment than some slices of cold beef placed between slices of bread.”
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