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Scanwiches [Hardcover]

Jon Chonko

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Book Description

Nov. 8 2011
A fresh way of looking at the world’s most versatile food, Scanwiches is a declaration of love for that ubiquitous meal between two slices of bread: The Sandwich.

  As simple as they are, sandwiches seem to inspire unusual devotion and bitter argument. Debates have lasted decades over the best way to prepare a club, what a true Philly cheesesteak really is, or who deserves credit for inventing the hamburger. But why shouldn’t people be passionate about sandwiches? They’re a food that’s threaded its way into the lives and cuisine of virtually every nation and culture where bread enters the daily diet. From Europe to South America, India to Vietnam, the hamburger and BLT to the wada pav and banh mi, sandwiches are often representative of regional and national identity—the food of the everyman. They reflect the history of the modern age, the story of the working class, and the evolution of mass-produced eats. From the invention of sliced bread to the hamburger assembly lines of modern fast food, sandwiches have unceremoniously taken us into the 21st century in the shadows of more brilliant symbols.

Scanwiches takes the sandwich and spreads it out for all to see. There’s nothing quaint or humble about its presentation. From full-frontal, cross sections of monsters like the Dagwood and club, to minute, geometric tea sandwiches whose construction looks more like minimalist art than culinary creation, Scanwiches presents unabashed food porn that satiates even the most severe sandwich fetish. A supernova of swirling bread, cheese, meat, and lettuce, suspended in a black, vacuous space, and reproduced at actual size, each sandwich lays imposing, exposed, and tantalizing. Complimented by text revealing the origins and development of each sandwich throughout history, you’ll learn to love and lust after these lowbrow delicacies in a whole new way.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books (Nov. 8 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157687589X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576875896
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 20.4 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #378,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Food porn at its finest” Huffington Post

“’I try to capture the view of a sandwich right before you take a bite.’”
Jon Chonko, Food & Wine
“Spectacular scans of sandwiches, sliced crosswire to reveal their mouthwatering innards.”
Bites on Today.com

“’The sandwich has never appeared more sublime…and that's why we love the site: for its commitment to proving the beauty inherent in a food that's often overlooked aesthetically, and for teaching us how to look at sandwiches in a whole new way.”

"The Best Thing Between Sliced Bread"
-The Wall Street Journal

"This highly unusual and unique book is so excellent it is in a class of its own."
-San Francisco & Sacramento Book Review

About the Author

Jon Chonko is a graphic designer, photographer, writer, and unashamed foodie. The direct result of a good first date between his parents at a sandwich shop many years ago, Chonko has spent the last two years scouring New York’s delis, cafes, and markets for the city’s most eye-catching sandwiches. In the process Chonko has become an expert on all-things-between-bread and a (very) minor Internet celebrity thanks to his blog scanwiches.com. His unique take on sandwiches has been featured in many publications, including Wired, The New York Times, Print, and The Washington Post as well as in person at ROLFcon 2009 at MIT. Besides sandwiches, Chonko is an avid cyclist and kite enthusiast. He lives with his girlfriend and their cat in Brooklyn, New York.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arts and Food Combined--unique Nov. 25 2011
By George Erdosh - Published on Amazon.com
This highly unusual and unique book is so excellent as to be in a class of its own. It is not a cookbook--there no cooking involved (well, just a little here and there like frying bacon), and it is not a coffee table book because of its unlikely small size for a coffee table. Yet it is a book you want to own both to enjoy for reading its superb text, and to enjoy slowly flipping through the pages for the great photos.||The author lists 68 sandwiches in alphabetic order in the Table of Contents with thumbnail photos above the names. He prepared each of these sandwiches, cut them in half, placed them cut side down on a scanner and their scanned images now appear under their entry. They are imaginative, unique, and each is accompanied by text worth careful reading (not just scanning). The background of pages are squid-ink black, the text white (yet easy to read). Under many sandwiches interesting tips, trivia and variations appear. Additional illustrations are also excellent. Next to French Dip sandwiches, e.g., sketches illustrate, step 1: dip; step 2: bite; step 3: repeat. Even if you hate sandwiches, this book is highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME Nov. 8 2011
By J. Baxter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A lot of blogs that become books just re-print a bunch of old stuff and call it a day. Not Scanwiches. If the blog is just about drooling over sexy sandwich scans, the book is about drooling over sexy sandwich scans AND learning. Read it for the articles! Scanwiches is packed with sandwich facts, sandwich history, and sandwich recipes. It's a great gift for anyone who eats food.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ate it all in one sitting - stuffed Nov. 11 2011
By omg yum - Published on Amazon.com
Scanwiches surprises on every level. Not only are the cross-sections mouth-wateringly delicious (literally making up words - that good) BUT Chonko's descriptions and historical backgrounds are effortlessly charming and funny. Never did I expect to open a book about sandwiches and laugh out loud.

I would 100% recommend as a coffee table book or-more appropriately-as inspiration for your cooking adventures. Chonko started his blog as a personal challenge to liven up his lunch break, vowing never to scan the same sandwich twice. Personally my eyes have been opened and my tummy is so grateful. Scanwiches is THE Bible for all food junkies and enthusiasts.

It's little wonder why this book is so widely publicized, perfect holiday, graduation....scratch that, PERFECT GIFT, period!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never before has knowledge made me salivate so Nov. 10 2011
By Russell - Published on Amazon.com
I purchased Scanwiches for the sandwich porn. I'm a man who loves a good sandwich, loves daydreaming about what I'll have for lunch tomorrow. And anyone who's seen the blog knows just how mouth-wateringly awesome these scanned cross-sections are. What blows me away about the book though is the depth of information it gives about all the sandwiches.... The book is equal part appetite-accelerant and encyclopedia. Recipes for each sandwich, the history of the sandwich and why its importance within the local culture.

I'm so hungry now. Time for a banh mi.
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Feb. 4 2014
By Aubrey Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great for reference when my kids' lunches become boring! Also a great reminder of vacations where I have enjoyed some of these sandwiches.

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