Joshua Ferris' favorite sandwich - a pizza sandwich!

Ian Seiter Asks Writers “What’s Your Favorite Sandwich?” so You Don’t Have To

Everyone has a go-to icebreaker and Ian Seiter’s is “What is your favorite sandwich?” Seiter has been interviewing writers since he was in grad school, and, with over 150 authors interviewed, The Signature Sandwich has taken on a life of its own.

 

The sandwich is the great equalizer. See, every culture has a version of the sandwich and we all, even writers, eat them. But where does a National Book Award-winner satisfy their pastrami craving? 

 

Seiter’s formula is simple:

  1. Go to readings.
  2. Get the writer’s signature and sandwich.
  3. Make (or buy) the writer’s favorite sandwich.
  4. Eat!

 

Here are some of the authors Seiter interviewed AND their favorite sandwiches.

 

1. Scott Cheshire (High as the Horses’ Bridles: A Novel) loves…

 

Lox, cream cheese, tomato, lettuce, capers, red onion on an everything bagel.

 

Scott Cheshire's favorite sandwich

Images Courtesy of The Signature Sandwich

 

2. Clare Beams (We Show What We Have Learned and Other Stories) loves…

 

a Monte Cristo.

 

Claire Beams' favorite sandwich

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3. Joshua Ferris (Then We Came to the End: A Novel) loves…

 

 Pizza sandwiches!

 

Joshua Ferris' favorite sandwich

 

4. Teju Cole (Open City: A Novel) loves…

 

Prosciutto and mozzarella.

 

Teju Cole's favorite sandwich

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5. Liz Moore (The Unseen World: A Novel) loves…

 

Lox, cream cheese, tomato on a pumpernickel bagel.

 

Liz Moore's favorite sandwich

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6. Morgan Parker (There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce) loves…

 

Turkey, apple, and brie.

 

Morgan Parker's favorite sandwich

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7. Colum McCann (Thirteen Ways of Looking: A Novella and Three Storiesloves…

 

Tayto chips and butter on “any kind of bread.”

 

Colum McCann's favorite sandwich

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8. Phil Klay (Redeployment) loves…

 

Pastrami from Katz’s.

 

Phil Klay's favorite sandwich

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9. Nick Flynn (Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A Memoir) loves…

 

The Mujadara sandwich from Kalustyan’s.

 

Nick Flynn's favorite sandwich

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10. Claudia Rankine (Citizen: An American Lyric) loves…

 

Avocado on anything!

 

Claudia Rankine's favorite sandwich

 

The Signature Sandwich is basically the Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate, but for authors. If you like looking at pictures of food or getting a glimpse into some of your favorite authors’ lives via their favorite sandwiches, you’ll want to check out this blog.

Featured image courtesy of The Signature Sandwich.