Welcome back! I’m cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook but I am taking a slight detour to prepare a sandwich recipe from 1915. This sandwich was inspired by one of the great beauties of the silent era.
In the mid-1910s, a movie writer named Lillian Blackstone took to creating “echoes” of screen personalities in food form. Wallace Reid, Antonio Moreno and Charlie Chaplin had salads, William S. Hart had ice cream and several major leading ladies had sandwiches. Alice Joyce is the featured star this time.
Alice Joyce had a solid twenty years on the screen between 1910 and 1930 and was one of the nickelodeon era stars who made the jump to success in the features. (The conversion was actually more of a shift in the industry than the talkie transition, in my opinion.)
By the way, the absence from the screen mentioned in the recipe was likely due to Joyce’s pregnancy; she gave birth on November 23, 1915. She was married to Tom Moore, which made her the sister-in-law of Mary Pickford. Her daughter, Alice Moore, had a brief film career of her own in the 1930s.
Joyce’s sandwich is pretty simple, as you can see.
And that’s it!
Score: 2 out of 5. Onion sandwiches are not popular for a reason. They’re harsh in flavor and give one bad breath but aren’t tasty enough to be worth it. This sandwich feels unfinished. Slices of egg, chicken, cheese, marinated tofu, tomatoes… SOMETHING to beef up the flavor of the thing. I do not think that dainty Alice would have eaten too many of these things.
As sandwiches go, this is just deadly dull and stinky but not in a fun way. Pass!
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