Dan Pashman is the creator and host of WNYC's James Beard Award-nominated food podcast The Sporkful, which explores the huge, fun world of food and eating that lies beyond the realm of chefs, restaurants and recipes. It's not for foodies, it's for eaters.
Are Hot Dogs Sandwiches?
Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 12:08 PM
When it comes to the correct definition of a sandwich, I’m a strict constructionist. I believe we must look to the Earl of Sandwich’s original intent, which is why I’ve been dubbed the Scalia of Sandwiches.
Even with my conservative approach to sandwichdom, I consider a hot dog to be a sandwich. That’s why I was shocked to see recently that a man I respect and admire, Judge John Hodgman, had ruled that hot dogs are not sandwiches.
He writes, “Unlike any sandwich, you would NEVER cut and serve a hot dog in halves, unless under some weird duress. A half sandwich may be saved or shared, but a hot dog is a unity.
Listen to the above clip from The Sporkful, in which I dismantle Judge Hodgman’s verdict piece-by-piece. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. And check out next week’s whole show on hot dogs for much more.
Where do you stand? Are hot dogs sandwiches?