Okay. Example time. I've been currently having a secret love affair with avocado and turkey. Without the sandwich, how would I combine these two items? I can assure you, it would be gross. Trying to spread avocado all over a whole turkey (the sliced lunchmeat industry would surely be nonexistent without sandwiches) would really suck. Yet the sandwich gives us the perfect excuse to combine the two flavors without hassle.
And here we come to another main point. Combinations. Sandwiches are all about combinations. What sorts of things would go good together? What tastes will combine most effectively in our mouths to create maximum enjoyment? These are the questions that every good sandwich maker must ask themselves. How much mayonnaise is too much? Salami or no salami? Questions like these are of the utmost importance in sandwich preparation.
The incredible diversity in sandwiches is both beautiful and overwhelming. As in music, the possibilities are endless. In fact, I'm going to carry on the music metaphor just a little bit longer, to show you how much I love sandwiches. A sandwich is a grand symphony. All the different parts come together to create a truly beautiful complete piece. Sure, you might love listening to a cellist, and you might love eating roast beef. But when the violins join in with the cellos, the highs and lows contrast each other, dance around each other even, like a delicious slice of roast beef combined with a fresh, ripe tomato. Then you have the second violins, the violas, the basses, the brass, the winds: all coming together to create something much more magnificent and awe-inspiring than any of them would be solo. The whole is indeed greater than the sum of its parts. That's how I feel about sandwiches.
So, next time you eat a burger, a meatball sub, an egg salad sandwich, a peanut butter and jelly, a BLT, a grilled-cheese, or any of an infinite number of sandwich possibilities, stop for a minute and think. Would Harrison enjoy this sandwich more? The answer is, of course, yes. Go find and give me the sandwich.
- I really do like the analogy to open source software. You can really do whatever you want with it, with no corporation or governing body to tell you what to do. Sandwiches are the ultimate way to stick it to the man.
- Interestingly, I don't like bacon by itself. I've tried many times to like it. I know that it's normal to like bacon. I just don't like it. Yet, when it's on a sandwich, it's one of my favorite things. Isn't that weird?
- I wonder who invented the sandwich. There's probably a story there. Anyone who feels like finding out the history of the sandwich should feel free to post it in the comment section.