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Eponymous Foods – Sandwiches Edition

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Sloppy Joe, Hot Brown, and the Reuben are all well-known sandwiches, and they are all named after people. Though the specific person is argued in two of these cases. 


  • “Bechamel.” Oxford Reference.
  • “Bechamel Sauce.” ChefIn.,(wife%20of%20Henry%20II).
  • Beck, Katherine. “The Controversial Origins Of The Sloppy Joe.” Tasting Table. Jan. 26, 2023.
  • Blitz, Matt. “The True Story of Ernest Hemingway’s Favorite Bar. Food & Wine. June 22, 2017.
  • Fix, John. “Papa Wrote Here.” The Miami News. May 12, 1962.
  • “Hot Brown Sandwich History and Recipe.” What’s Cooking America.
  • “The Brown Hotel.” Historic Hotels of America.,obtained%20the%20building%20in%202006.
  • “J. Graham Brown.” The Courier-Journal. August 8, 1927.
  • Kral, George. “How the Gooey, Cheesy Hot Brown Became a Kentucky Icon.” Eater. Jan. 3, 2019.
  • Manoff, Arnold. “Reuben and His Restaurant: The Lore of a Sandwich.” Federal Writers Project. 1938.
  • Martinelli, Katherine. “True to Its Design, the Origin of the Reuben Sandwich Is Messy, Too.” Eat This, Not That! January 16, 2019.
  • Matte, Lisa Curran. “The Hotly Contested Origin Of The Reuben Sandwich.” Tasting Table. Nov. 13, 2022.
  • Monaco, Emily. “The Untold Truth of Sloppy Joes.” Mashed. March 28, 2023.
  • “National Sloppy Joe Day.” National Day Calendar.
  • Ngo, Hope. “What Is Béchamel Sauce And What Is It Used For?” Mashed. June 2, 2021.
  • “Pizza Sauce Brings Italian Food to Your Table.” The Sacramento Bee. Dec. 16, 1970.
  • “Philanthropist J. Graham Brown Dies.” The Courier-Journal. March 31, 1969.
  • Ramsey, Sarah. “The History of the Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich.” Wide Open Country. July 19, 2019.
  • Ramsey, Sarah “Where did the Sloppy Joe come from?” Wide Open Country. May 19, 2020.
  • Scotti, Ippolita Douglas. “Was bechamelle really French, or an ancient Florentine sauce?” Flapper Press. March 6, 2019.
  • Senyei, Kelly. “Inside the Home of the Hot Brown Sandwich.” Epicurious. April 4, 2013.
  • Singer, Phyllis. “Sloppy joes have chapter in food history.” The Courier. June 19, 1992.
  • “Sloppy Joe’s Cocktails Manual.” 1932. Havana, Cuba. Accessed online:
  • “Sloppy Joe History: The Origins of this Iconic Comfort Food.” Blue Apron.'s%20history%2C%20however,and%20the%20sandwich's%20official%20name.
  • Taliaferro, Georgianna. “Sloppy Joe’s: From Behind the Bar.” The Virginian-Pilot. March 12, 1950.
  • Town Hall Delicatessen.
  • Valdes, Rosa Tania. “Once Havana's most famous bar, Sloppy Joe's reopens after 50 years.” Reuters. April 12, 2013.
  • “Was the Reuben Sandwich invented in Omaha?” History Nebraska.
  • Weil, Elizabeth. “My Grandfather Invented the Reuben Sandwich. Right?” New York Times. June 7, 2013.
  • Weil, Elizabeth. “Who really invented the Reuben?” Saveur. Sept. 6, 2016.
  • Wenz, Rod. “Louisville, State to Reap Benefits of Brown Legacy.” The Courier-Journal. April 10, 1969.
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