Great minds cook alike, but lesser ones do, too. These are some of the biggest cliches in food you’ll find today. Rather than bitch about cupcakes or burgers, this list is ingredient-based, with stuff that we’re over, or will just make us keel over from eating it much. Although we love to hate, check in next week for a list of the least exploited foods in the American oeuvre.
There’s no substitute for real butter, but there’s no need to eat it as much as we do. From bagels to pasta to buffalo wings (the hot sauce is half butter), it’s on practically everything, and in such gargantuan proportion it would make a 19th-century cook faint. With a well-meaning backlash against fake butter in the works, the stuff’s been treated almost like health food. It’s not.