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Matters of taste: Is the sandwich dead?

The rise of the wrap

By William Skidelsky   207

The Luardos burrito van: a “wrap craze has engulfed London, following on the heels of a similar one in New York”

Ever since the 1750s, when John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, refused to stop for dinner and instead ordered cold beef in toast, those seeking a convenient meal-to-go have needed to look no further than their local sandwich outlet. As Prospect went to press, British Sandwich Week was paying tribute to the Earl’s invention.

The sandwich, one might well argue, is the culinary creation par excellence of…

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