Welcome to THE ANATOMY OF A SANDWICH…
I recently graduated from Connecticut College with a BA in Anthropology and a unique perspective on food. Much of my work focused on food’s role in culture, including my Honors Thesis: an anthropological study of olive oil. In my opinion, food is one of the most interesting objects of study in terms of Anthropology because eating is UNIVERSAL, providing a strong basis for cultural comparison. In addition, eating and food are very personal: individuals choose what they eat based on tastes, cultural restrictions and rules, aesthetics, connotations, and more.
For me, the sandwich has always been the epitome of the customization of foodstuffs. From the type of bread, to the kind of meat (or no meat at all), to cheese, fixings…the possibilities are endless. Furthermore, it seems to me that every cuisine has its own variation on the sandwich concept. This is why you will find more than just the traditional sandwich in this blog…be prepared to look at your food in a new way!
Happy reading and eating!