Sandwiches!: More Than You’ve Ever Wanted to Know about Making and Eating America’s Favorite Food by Alison Deering & Bob Lentz

Sandwiches!: More Than You’ve Ever Wanted to Know about Making and Eating America’s Favorite Food is a sandwich making cookbook for middle grade kids.

The book contains recipes for over 50 different sandwiches including wraps, subs, and bagels. It covers what is a sandwich, tools used, and use of equipment including the oven and panini press. The book even explains the differences in knives.

One of my favorite elements in the book is the use of history, trivia, and facts pertaining to each sandwich. There’s so much to learn here and in an entertaining way. The instructions for each sandwich are easy to follow and include side options for each. I especially appreciated the substitutions that are included for different dressings, cheeses, and condiments. Substitutions are even given for people who have allergies.

This is a great book for kids to gain confidence in making meals for themselves. All the recipes are easy with only a few possibly needing adult supervision. This would be a nice addition to a cookbook collection. I’m certainly adding it!

So far, our favorite is the chicken and waffles sandwich. Please read on below for our recipe. Yummy! 5 stars


Thanks to Netgalley for sharing a copy of this book with me.

From Goodreads: Anyone can make a great sandwich that’s the beauty of America’s favorite food. And thanks to this fully illustrated cookbook, kids can easily assemble and enjoy a variety of delicous sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert. With fun factoids and sandwich trivia, plus an array of vegetarian sandwiches and regional specialties, this truly is the ultimate guide to what takes place between the bread.

Chicken and Waffle Sandwich


2 Toasted Waffles per sandwich

2 Fried Chicken/Chicken Tenders per sandwich (see below)

1 Cheese Slice per sandwich

Because we didn’t have any frozen chicken tenders, we made our own! This made us about 6 sandwiches.

You will need:

1 1/2 cups Flour

1 sleeve of saltine crackers, crushed

About 5 or 6 chicken breast filets

Half to 1 tsp. salt

Half to 1 tsp. pepper

Half to 1 tsp. paprika

2 eggs

1 1/2 cup milk ( we used plain almond milk!)

4-5 cups Oil for frying

1. Heat your oil in a frying pan.
2. In a bowl, mix up the crushed crackers, flour, and seasonings.
3. Whisk together your eggs and milk in a bowl.  4. Cut up the chicken into slices that are chicken tender size. 5. Start by coating all chicken pieces with the flour mixture, then dip into the egg, then dredge in flour again. This results in a very crispy coating.
6. Fry pieces in hot oil, roughly 5 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked.
Everyone will smell the chicken cooking.
7. Try not to eat it yet.
8. Toast your waffles, layer with cheese, and pack on the chicken. It’s that simple!
Eleven Approved! 🙂

Of course we used Eggo waffles because it’s what we had on hand. These aren’t super fancy, but they’re so good. In the book, it states you can drizzle on syrup and skip the cheese. Also, you can add tomato, lettuce, bacon, honey mustard, or any of your favorite condiments. I used mayonnaise and cheese. Yummy!

There are many great sandwiches in this book. Hope you enjoy and happy eating!

2 thoughts on “Sandwiches!: More Than You’ve Ever Wanted to Know about Making and Eating America’s Favorite Food by Alison Deering & Bob Lentz

    1. Isn’t it amazing after years of doing something one way, you find out you really weren’t doing it right? It’s definitely not just a sandwich recipe book. There are tons of included facts included as well. I plan on purchasing this book this year.


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