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History of The Club

clubsandwich1502.jpgHere's a handy-dandy guide to more than you ever wanted to know about the club sandwich. According to food historians, the sandwich dates all the way back to the late 1800s. While the majority of club sandwiches appearing on menus these days involve toasted bread, sliced turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo, culinary icon James Beard insists that a proper club must be made with chicken. Beard also maintains that the now-typical triple-decker format "is not authentic" and is in fact wholly unnecessary. Thoughts? [What's Cooking America]