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AARP members can watch this talk through April 25, 2023. Video run time is 59 minutes. This is a recording of a live interactive event; references to participation in the chat no longer apply.


Food Historian Unwraps America’s Favorite Sandwiches

Francine Segan guides us through a lunchtime staple

In this virtual talk, Best Thing Since Sliced Bread, food historian Francine Segan explores the most famous sandwiches by decade, the country’s most expensive and weirdest sandwiches, and even dessert sandwiches. She honors National Peanut Butter Day (Jan. 24) by discussing the creative variations on peanut butter sandwiches throughout America’s culinary history.

Access a PDF of the handout Segan references, with recipes for tea sandwiches and a frosted sandwich.


About Francine Segan

Francine Segan is an expert on Italian cuisine and a noted food historian, as well as an engaging public speaker, author and TV personality. She lectures across the country, bringing her lively presentation to town hall groups, women’s clubs and many prestigious institutions. The host of New York City’s popular weekly TV series Americans Who Love Italy, Segan has been featured on numerous specials for PBS, the Food Network, and the History, Sundance and Discovery channels.

This talk is part of Segan's Food Historian Lecture Series presented by AARP’s Virtual Community Center, where you can find a variety of free virtual events designed for learning, self-improvement and fun. Check out her other videos from the series and stay tuned for upcoming talks.


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