A friend has developed a case of the ass about panko. She and her DH sometimes have leftover bread that they make crumbs out of and they don't see why panko is considered so much better, given that the Japanese aren't known for their bread (not gonna go there, I don't know if they are or not though I suspect not). I keep saying "Panko is just better, it just is" and she rejects that and needs to know why. Can anybody tell me/us why? What is it in the process of making panko that makes it better than our bread crumbs?