An interesting, somewhat funny book (I caught myself smiling on more than one occasion) on how to make a sandwich a tasty success no matter whatever the ingredients you may have on hand. The book starts of with a forward which initially almost brought a tear to my eye. I ignored the footnotes and almost fell for the story being true, but it is completely false, but even so well written (another ode to the authors dry humor)!
The book starts out with a lovely recipe for making roast beef. I would seriously like to try that recipe. Throughout the book there are many pairings of ingredients you may not necessarily think of…like broccoli falafel, or a fried zucchini sandwich with onion puree, fontina cheese, pickled jalapenos and BBQ chips, which is one of the most popular sandwiches at No. 7 Sub, and one I may attempt to make some day. The book is also comprised of recipes for different flavor components of sandwiches which will elevate the flavor to the next level like vegetable purees, sauces, fried foods such as (shallots, mushrooms, fish, zucchini, fish), roasted vegetables, and roasted meats and even a few recipes for sausages. The main message of the book is to comprise a sandwich which has a mix of substantial/main ingredients, and components of acid, fat, sweet and crunchy. This book covers a good amount of recipes in each category.
I was most intrigued by the Korean inspired quick brining recipes called Muchim Brine which is a brine made of white vinegar, ginger, shallot, sesame oil, sugar, red pepper flakes, scallions and salt and can be used for practically anything but the author suggested cucumber, shrimp, peaches, and lychee to start. The open-faced grilled cheese sandwich called “The Shadiest One” is basically a grilled cheese toast topped with puree of avocado, ricotta, salt and lemon juice, then topped with the Cucumber Muchim and fried shallots…another recipe I would like to try.
I enjoyed reading this book aside from a little bit of foul language that I had to ignore, as well as the multiple references to author’s confession of writing some of the book while drunk. Initially, I read every superfluous word (the author puts in a lot of his own personal banter versus actual necessary details pertaining to the recipe information) so as I was finishing the last 1/3 of the book I tended to skip the “personal storytelling” and go straight to the recipe content. I would recommend this book to someone as a supplementary “fun” cookbook with some great ideas for out of the ordinary sandwiches. I received this book from “Blogging for Books” for an honest review.