I'm reading Neal Stephenson's recent book, REAMDE, and ran across the following passage that I just had to share with fellow Hounds:
"Having now lived for a few decades in parts of the United States and Canada where cooking was treated quite seriously, and having actually employed professional chefs, he was fascinated by the mid-western/middle American phenomenon of recombinant cuisine. Rice Krispie Treats being a prototypical example in that they were made by repurposing other foods *that had already been prepared* (to wit, breakfast cereal and marshmallows). And of course any recipe that called for a can of mushroom soup fell into the same category. The unifying principle behind all recombinant cuisine seemed to be indifference, if not outright hostility, to the use of anything that a coastal foodie would define as an ingredient."
* (I used asterisks to set off a phrase that was italicized in the original).