The Art of Crunchy Food

9 loud recipes for those times when you just crave crunch.

Crunchy Foods

Crunch!

Fight your way down the snack aisle of any American supermarket and the obsession with crunch is manifest—in fact, it's a global obsession. The ratios of sugar, salt, and fat may vary, but crunch prevails. One theory about the ascendancy of crunch concerns evolution. Crispy-crunchy texture often signals freshness in fruits and vegetables, and, one supposes, in bugs. But the obvious fact is this: Crunch rings a gong in our brains very near to our deepest food-pleasure centers. We all crave crunch. The conundrum was this: Could we make favorite crunchy foods healthier, with less fat and sugar?

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