Popcorn is a centuries-old simple food that has gone gourmet. Another ancient use for the corn kernel, dried hominy, at left, is soaked, fried and sprinked with chili-spice. (Renne Brock/Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Popcorn is one of America’s great snack foods. Delicious, aromatic and noisy, it is the perfect nosh for popping into the mouth, mindlessly watching movies and sporting events. Of course, like so many homespun treats, from boiled peanuts to deviled eggs, popcorn in recent years has gotten all gourmet.