Flavor your popcorn
Popcorn : fifty years of rock 'n' roll movies
Garry Mulholland.
London : Orion Books, 2010.
FromQuadropheniatoMamma Mia!,the rock 'n' roll movie captures the best and worst of a music's moment in time. InPopcorn, acclaimed author Garry Mulholland takes a close look at the successes and failures of this film phenomenon by deconstructing the likes of Derek Jarman'sJubileewhile considering the mass appeal of movies such asFootlooseandGrease. Part serious critical appreciation, part celebration of B-movie trash,Popcornis sure to be the first and last word on the rock movie.
Why popcorn costs so much at the movies : and other pricing puzzles
Richard B. McKenzie.
New York ; London : Copernicus Books, c2008.
Richard McKenzie goes on to show how the 9/11 terrorists still kill Americans every day, because their attack distorted the perceived risks and relative prices of air vs. automobile travel, and jacked up both security costs and flight delays. Professor McKenzie also explores the unintended consequences of well-meaning efforts to spur the use of environmentally friendly fuels: starvation among millions of people around the world, and the destruction of rainforests in Malaysia and Indonesia.
Drive-in movie memories : popcorn and romance under the stars
Don and Susan Sanders.
Middleton, N.H. : Carriage House Pub., 2000.
A colorful album with photos and stories that transport readers back to that innocent (and sometimes not so innocent!) time when Saturday night meant a hot date in Dad's De Soto under the big outdoor screen. Copyright #169; Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
EVEolution : the eight truths of marketing to women
Faith Popcorn and Lys Marigold.
New York : Hyperion, c2000.
Faith Popcorn's name is synonymous with prediction: She has accurately foretold the business and personal trends that have defined our lives for the past two decades. Her frequent media appearances and groundbreaking national best-sellers, The Popcorn Report and Clicking, have made her familiar to most of the world. Called "the Nostradamus of marketing" by Fortune magazine, Popcorn now turns her incredible acumen to one of the most important segments in marketing: the female consumer.

What makes popcorn pop?

Popcorn kernels have a drop of water in them. When kernels are heated the water expands and turns into steam. When the pressure builds up high enough, the kernel explodes.

Popcorn is a popular snack enjoyed at sporting events, the movies or sitting in your own home. It can be a healthy choice for a snack depending how you prepare it and what you top it off with. There are numerous methods to popping corn -- on the stove in a pot with oil, prepackaged for the microwave, or using an air-popping machine.

Air-popped popcorn is low in calories, with about 30 calories per cup. There are many ways to put some flavor on to your popcorn without topping it off with too much fat.  Depending on your taste, popcorn can be be flavored to what ever fancies your craving. Spritzing the popcorn with a butter-flavored spray will help the spice stick to it.

  • Spice it up with a sprinkle of taco seasoning, curry powder or ground ginger
  • Satisfy your crunchy need with praline, toffee or butter crunch
  • Get a fruity flavor with a sugar free powdered drink mix
  • Chocoholics can fill their passion by drizzling chocolate over it
  • Toss with your favorite grated cheese, and then bake in the oven until the cheese melts
  • Quench your salt craving with a flavored salt substitute like garlic, celery or lemon

If you have popped too much popcorn, there are plenty of ways to use the leftovers:

  • Mix it with trail mix
  • Drop it in a bowl of soup
  • Toss it with salad
  • Throw it outside for the animals
  • Thread it for decoration
  • Use it for packing material

Making your own gourmet popcorn can be as much fun as eating it.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff