"Sandwiches are one of the most popular foods worldwide, and almost every culture offers its own take on the hand-friendly fare. Each encloses or stacks small amounts of food in outer wrappings in order to make the meal go further, but the choice of covering makes each variation distinct. Some like to insert their burgers between two halves of a bun or their pastrami between two slices of rye. Others prefer to wrap their food in lettuce leaves, cabbage leaves, grape leaves, banana leaves, palm fronds or corn husks. Elsewhere, morsels of food are enclosed in plain pastry, puff pastry, wet noodles or paper--rice paper, parchment paper, even newspaper."

--Irena Chalmers, "Between the Bread,"
"The Last Word," August 2009, Chef Magazine